Legal practitioner portal
Registry Committal Application
The Legal Practitioner Portal is an online portal for legal practitioners and/or agency staff to access online services available from Court Services Queensland. It is free to use.
The Registry Committal application will be the first service to be piloted through the Legal Practitioner Portal. It will allow legal practitioners and law firm staff to lodge applications through the portal for matters in the following Magistrates courts:
- Brisbane Magistrates Court
- Cairns Magistrates Court
- Rockhampton Magistrates Court.
The pilot of the Registry Committal application process is now available for legal practitioners in these locations only.
Practicing Lawyers can create their law firm’s organisation and set up their profile in the Legal Practitioner Portal. Staff can be invited to join their law firm’s organisation and use the Registry Committal application online form.
Any member of a law firm, including administrative staff, can create a Registry Committal application, but only a lawyer can submit the application.
If the matter is listed for a Magistrates Court that is not participating in the pilot, or you are unable to complete the online application, you can file the matter using the current process.
Self-represented litigants are not legally able to commit a matter via Registry Committal.
What are the benefits
Using the Legal Practitioner Portal to submit Registry Committal applications will:
- Improve efficiency in the application process - by data matching information directly from Court Case Management Systems.
- Reduce the risk of a summary charge being committed – by prompting the applicant to only select indictable charges for committal.
- Streamline the committal application and approval process - by enabling collaboration between defence and prosecution pre-lodgement.
- Reduce adjournments – by enabling involved parties to track and manage each committal from creation to completion, reducing the risk of incomplete or late submissions.
How to access the Legal Practitioner Portal
Private Law Firms, ATSILS and Commonwealth Government staff:
To register for the portal, you will need to:
- Log in with your QGov or myGovID account.
- Complete the user registration, linking yourself to your organisation and providing your Queensland Law Society practicing certificate number.
- If you cannot locate your law firm organisation, you can create by registering a new law firm.
To create a new law firm (this is for lawyers registered with the Queensland Law Society) :
- Select the checkbox to register a new law firm by selecting 'I am a legal practitioner and wish to register a law firm’
- Confirm your details are reflective of your QLS registration
- Complete the details and submit.
Once your firm is created you can invite other staff in your organisation or they request to join.
Queensland Government staff (including Legal Aid)
To register for the portal you will need to:
- Log in using your QLD SSO.
- Complete the user registration, linking yourself to your organisation.
- If you cannot locate your organisation, please contact your local courthouse.
Why do I have to log in using a myGovID or a QGov account?
How do I register for a myGovID or a QGov account?
To register for a myGovID or a QGov account, you will need prove your identity.
Who can register an organisation?
Practicing lawyers can create their law firm’s organisation profile within the portal and invite their staff to join their organisation. Once the organisation has been created, other lawyers can also request to join. Administrators can be assigned to manage the organisation. You can personalise your organisation’s site by setting up a logo and banner.
Prosecuting agencies need to contact their local courthouse to create their organisation if it is not listed.
What if I lodge outside of normal registry hours?
Documents lodged online outside normal registry hours will only be processed during business hours.
Registries will accept documents submitted until 4:30 pm as being submitted on that day.
Any documents received after 4:30pm will be deemed to be filed the next business day.
If you require additional assistance, please contact your local courthouse.
Refer to the Queensland Courts Privacy statement on the Queensland Courts website, and the terms and conditions within the portal login.