Queensland Law Society

Court changes - Commonwealth Games

Magistrates Courts

During the period Wednesday 4 April 2018 to Tuesday 15 April 2018, the Magistrates Courts will operate as follows:

  • No hearings involving police in Magistrates Courts throughout the State;
  • Contested sentences (without police witnesses), lengthy sentences, civil matters, domestic violence mentions and applications, and other matters not involving police (e.g. traffic matters where there are no police witnesses required) will proceed in all Magistrates Courts (except in Southport, Beenleigh, Beaudesert and Coolangatta);
  • Southport and Beenleigh Magistrates Court will operate with only one arrest court and one domestic violence court to hear urgent domestic violence matters only due to access and traffic reasons during the Games period;
  • Coolangatta Magistrates Court will be non-operational with all arrest matters to be dealt with in the Southport Magistrates Court; and
  • Beaudesert Magistrates Court will be non-operational with all arrest matters to be dealt with in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court.

Note: For Tuesday 3 April 2018, a limited number of hearings involving police have been listed in Magistrates Courts throughout the State. These are exceptions.    

All court registries including those at Southport and Beenleigh will remain open during the Games period.


District Courts

During the period Monday 26 March 2018 to Tuesday 15 April 2018, the District Courts will operate as follows:

  • No criminal trials will be conducted in District Courts throughout the State;
  • No criminal circuits will be conducted by District Courts throughout the State; 
  • Civil matters including civil trials (excluding s.222 appeals and domestic violence appeals where the QPS or Commissioner of Police is a party), section 590AA hearings (excluding those requiring police as witnesses), applications, pre-recordings (excluding those requiring police as support person), P &E matters and sentences will continue to be conducted;
  • Between 2 April 2018 and 15 April 2018, Southport District Court will not conduct sittings.
  • Between 2 April 2018 and 15 April 2018, Beenleigh District Court will not conduct sittings.  

All court registries including those at Southport and Beenleigh will remain open during the Games period.


Supreme Courts

During the period Monday 26 April 2018 to Tuesday 15 April 2018, the Supreme Courts will operate with the following focus on:

  • Court of Appeal matters utilising 2 sitting courts rather than 1;
  • Civil matters across the State;
  • No criminal trials will be conducted by the Supreme Court in Brisbane;
  • Criminal sentences utilising 2-3 Judges to sit in the Brisbane Crime Division and s.590AA hearings (excluding those requiring QPS as witnesses);
  • Reducing criminal sittings circuits and criminal trials across the State; and
  • No criminal trials hearing charges of manslaughter/murder across the State.

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)

Court Changes
Southport  No matters, in any jurisdiction, will be listed between 4 -15 April 2018. Hearing dates have been renegotiated to minimise impact. QCAT hearings will recommence from 17 April 2018.
Beenleigh  No matters, in any jurisdiction, will be listed between 4 -15 April 2018. Hearing dates have been renegotiated to minimise impact. QCAT hearings will recommence from 14 May 2018.
Coolangatta  No matters, in any jurisdiction, will be listed between 4 -15 April 2018. Hearing dates have been renegotiated to minimise impact. QCAT hearings will recommence from 18 April 2018.
Beaudesert No matters, in any jurisdiction, will be listed between 4 -15 April 2018. Hearing dates have been renegotiated to minimise impact. QCAT hearings will recommence from 19 April 2018.
Other locations QCAT Headquarters at 259 Queen Street, Brisbane will be operating as business as usual throughout the duration of the Commonwealth Games.