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Queensland Court or Tribunal decisions (judgments) Selected decisions are available via CaseLaw.
Orders
Court Documents
Orders and other Court Documents may be requested through the Courts Registry.
Sentencing Remarks Selected sentencing remarks are available to the public on the Sentencing Remarks page via CaseLaw. If not available, visit the Queensland Courts transcript and recordings page for more information.

Access to Supreme and District Court sentencing remarks is also available to eligible subscribers of the Queensland Sentencing Information Service.
Transcripts Available via Queensland Courts transcript and recordings (fees may apply).
Practice directions Practice directions are available via the Queensland Courts Website.
Daily Law List Practitioners, jurors and members of the public may subscribe to the Library’s Daily Law List Bulletin. The daily law list is also available via the Queensland Courts website.
Jury Duty Information for jurors is available via the Queensland Courts website.
Probate Information about wills and estates (probate) is available via the Queensland Courts website.

Research

  1. Can I request research assistance?

The Library provides a research or document delivery service for members of the legal profession and the public. Requests should be submitted via the Library’s online request form.

Please note that this service may incur a fee. See our Schedule of Fees for current prices.

  1. I need legal advice. Can you help?

The Supreme Court Library is unable to provide legal advice to users. Please contact one of the following institutions for assistance:

  1. Queensland Law Society (to find a solicitor)
  2. Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services
  3. Legal Aid

CaseLaw

  1. Where do I find decisions from Queensland Courts and Tribunals?

The Supreme Court Library publishes selected decisions for Queensland Courts and Tribunals. All decisions supplied by the judiciary are published online within 24 hours of receipt.

If you are looking for a decision that is not available on our website, please request it through our Document Delivery service (fees may apply), contact our Information Services team for assistance (fees may apply), or contact the Registry where the decision was handed down.

  1. Searching for unreported judgments on CaseLaw pages

To locate unreported judgments in CaseLaw, you can enter single or multiple keywords in the Keyword Search box. These keywords can be combined using the Boolean operators of 'and', 'or' or 'not'. The search will locate exact matches for your keywords. You can also search for an exact phrase by enclosing the phrase in quotation marks (double inverted commas " "). If you wish to find not only a keyword, but also other forms of that word that are based on that keyword, use the wildcard *, for example, road* will find road, roads, roadway etc.

When searching the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT and QCATA) decisions, it is also possible to limit your searches to particular types of decisions by selecting an area from the Matter type search list.

When searching the Land Court and Land Appeal Court of Queensland (QLC and QLAC) judgments, it is possible to limit your searches to those judgments that have cited one or more Queensland Acts by selecting the legislation from the Queensland Legislation search list (tick the checkboxes beside the name of the Act). You can use either a combination of keywords with the Queensland legislation selection/s or leave the Keyword search box blank to display all judgments that have cited that Act.

Information Technology

  1. How can I access the internet at the Library?

The Supreme Court Library provides users with free access to the internet through public access PCs and Wi-Fi. Terms and conditions apply.

  1. Can I access Wi-Fi in the court rooms?

For information on how to access Wi-Fi throughout the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, please visit the Courts' website.

General

  1. Where is the Library?

The Brisbane Library is located on level 12, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George Street, Brisbane. See Visiting the Supreme Court Library for other locations.

  1. What time is the Library open?

The Library is open to the public from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). Please note that the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law closes at 4:30pm, and users will not be able to access the Library in-person after this time.

Legal practitioners may apply for after-hours access.

See Visiting the Supreme Court Library for more information about accessing the Library.

  1. Can I access Library resources remotely?

Registered users may access some of the Library's online resources remotely. Click here for more information about accessing the Library's online collection.

  1. Can I borrow books from the library?

The Supreme Court Library is a non-lending library. However, legal practitioners may borrow library material for court proceedings, under the proviso that all library material is returned at the end of the day and isn't removed from the Court building. Please contact our Information Services staff for more information.

  1. How do I make a booking for a school visit?

Schools and community groups wishing to book a visit to the Library or the Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre may book online. Click here for more information about the Schools Program.

  1. How do I purchase books published by the Library?

For information and order forms for any of the Library's publications, please visit our Publications page. Payment can be made by credit card (MasterCard or Visa), cheque, cash or money order.