Queensland Law Society

SMS message reminders to adult defendants on bail

From 7 December 2018, the Queensland Courts will send SMS messages to adult defendants on bail to remind them of the date and time for their next court appearance. This follows a successful trial of the reminder service in Mackay this year.

The SMS reminder service will be available to all adult offenders (18 years and over) who have been granted bail on an undertaking from the Magistrates Court or police watchhouse, and who have supplied a mobile phone number.

The reminders will be sent to defendant one business day before they are listed to appear in the court.

The courts will test four different types of messages for a period of time to determine the optimal SMS reminder for improving court attendance rates.