COVID-19 response - Supreme Court

Queensland Courts ARE open and hearing cases

Supreme and District Courts – Greater Brisbane COVID response eased

UPDATED 21 January 2021

Arrangements have been made to ensure matters are dealt with in a safe manner.

From 22 January 2021, masks may be worn into court buildings but you should remove your mask if requested by security or a court representative.

For civil proceedings in Supreme and District Courts, legal practitioners should refer to the Notice (PDF, 218.1 KB) issued 20 July 2020.

For applications in the Supreme Court, Brisbane, please refer to the Applications Protocol (PDF, 97.8 KB).

Court attendance

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.

Protocol for Applications in the Supreme Court commencing 10 August 2020

Amended protocol for Corporations Registrar Applications

Notice to legal practitioners - Civil proceedings

- External user - chorus call instructions (PDF, 251.8 KB)

- External User - Pexip instruction guide (PDF, 908.1 KB)

Notice to practitioners in relation to criminal proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Notice to practitioners in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

Juror safety during the COVID-19 response

Temporary changes to admissions

Practice Direction 9 of 2020 (Amended) - Admission to the legal profession

Notice to practitioners - Supreme Court List Manager

Protocol for Criminal List Reviews in the Supreme Court

External user - Cisco Webex teams guide (PDF, 591.8 KB)

Supreme Court Practice Direction 10 of 2020 - Informal Wills/COVID-19