Preparing for court

We know going to court can be a complex and stressful process. It is important you are prepared for the day your matter will be heard.  If you don’t go to court a warrant could be issued for your arrest.

Here are some tips to help you make a plan and prepare for court:

  • Make sure you have the whole day free, as it may take a while for your turn in court.
  • Think about how you will get to court.
  • Make arrangements at your work to take the day off to attend court.
  • Make plans for someone to look after your children and other family members while you’re at court.
  • Let the court know as early as possible if you will need an interpreter.

Attendance court

You need to go to court for your matter to avoid a warrant being issued for your arrest.

You do not need to go to court if your legal representative has advised you that you don’t have to. If you are not sure, contact your legal representative.

Getting legal advice

You should seek legal advice before coming to court. You may be eligible for help from community legal centres or other services.

Going to court

Plan your journey to court so you arrive on time.
For South East Queensland, use the TransLink journey planner.
For regional Queensland, use the qconnect journey planner.

There are many courts in Queensland and you must go to the correct court for your case.

Make sure you know where the court is and what time you need to be there.

Find the location and contact details of the court where your matter is being heard.


Legal Aid Queensland provides information to help you understand your legal rights and options.

ATSILS provides legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Queensland.

Contact ATSILS for more information or phone 1800 012 255.

About SMS reminders

Courts Services Queensland sends SMS reminders to people with matters before the Magistrates court. Unless you tell the court, you can receive one message seven days before your court date, and another message the day before.

Opting out of SMS reminders

If you don’t want to receive SMS reminders, or do not believe you have a pending court case, phone the number in the message.