COVID-19 response - Planning and Environment Court
Queensland Courts are open and hearing cases
- Jury trials resume Tuesday 6 April 2021
- A mask must be worn for entry and at all times when standing or moving about in a courthouse
- Subject to judicial direction to the contrary, the mask may be removed while seated
- Counter services have resumed at all registries in greater Brisbane
- The notice to the profession from the Chief Justice and Chief Judge issued on 29 March 2021 has been revoked
- Arrangements for the Magistrates Courts outlined in the Chief Magistrate’s notice to the profession issued on 29 March 2021 will continue until 5.00pm on 1 April 2021, save that registries and courthouses will be open to members of the public
- Refer to the new Protocol for civil litigation in the Supreme Court from 6 April until further notice
Queensland Courts ARE open and hearing cases.
Refer to the information below for each court on attendance requirements.
Queensland Health advise that people should stay at home if they are feeling unwell or have been overseas in the past 14 days.
This includes if you are experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath.
If you consider that this advice applies to you, please DO NOT ATTEND a court location. Seek medical attention.
If you are required in court, you should phone the courthouse registry by phone to advise that you are unwell and await advice about what you are required to do.
If you display these symptoms after you have entered court, staff may ask you to leave.
These measures will assist in reducing the potential for transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Queensland Courts will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 advice being provided by health authorities and act accordingly.
The following measures are being put in place to support the safety of court users:
Maintain safe distancing
- Follow COVID-19 signage instructions about safe distancing and the directions of court staff and security officers
- Staff may limit the number of people entering the courthouse to ensure safe distancing can be maintained
- Leave a one seat space in the public gallery (unless family/same household)
- You may be required to leave a courtroom at any time, if necessary, for court proceedings to continue.
Hygiene and cleaning
- Follow COVID-19 signage instructions about good hygiene practices
- Use the hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, tissues and bins provided
- In addition to daily routine cleaning on court sitting days, contact flat surfaces in courtrooms and high touch surfaces in public areas will be cleaned more regularly.
Refer to information about Juror Safety
For the latest updates from Queensland Health, visit the Queensland Health Website.