Queensland Law Society

Court Link commences operation in Brisbane Magistrates Court

Practitioners should be aware that Court Link began operating in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 27 November 2017. Court Link is a bail-based program offering individual case management and judicial monitoring to address the underlying causes of offending. Court Link replaces the Queensland Integrated Court Referral Program (QICR) in Brisbane; however, QICR will continue to operate in all other locations.

Court Link is a 12-week bail-based program that helps participants to access treatment and support services in the community to address the underlying issues driving offending behaviour. Court Link identifies and seeks to address a number of factors, including substance abuse and mental health issues.

People referred to court link will have their needs and risks assessed by professionally qualified Court Link officers, who will provide case management services via a 12-week programme; only individuals assessed with moderate or high risk/need will be eligible. A failure to participate or engage in Court Link may be reported to the magistrate and may result in a participant’s removal from the program, but will not result in an offence for breach of the participant’s bail

The Court Link team are based on level 4 of the Brisbane Magistrates Court. Court Link has a dedicated magistrate who conducts regular monitoring of Court Link participants. The first sitting was Friday 1 December 2017. The next Court Link mention in Court 32 is Friday 15 December 2017. In the New Year, the Court Link mentions will occur on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, commencing Friday 19 January 2018.

Further information on Court Link is available on the Queensland Courts website.