Queensland Law Society

Delayed judgments

Queensland Law Society (QLS) is a party to protocols with State and Federal courts which permit QLS, on behalf of its members, to approach the court where there has been undue delay in delivering a judgment.

An advantage of this process, over contacting the court yourself, is that the judge will not know which party has been chasing the judgment. QLS members will be assured of anonymity and the request will be treated in confidence.

After an enquiry is made, QLS will write to the Chief Judge of the relevant court, asking for advice on the anticipated delivery of the judgment. Generally, the Court responds to QLS and/or the party through their representative (or directly in the case of a self-represented litigant) with information about when the judgment is expected to be handed down.

The following has been published by each court and the QCAT. Generally, enquiries can be made once a judgment has been outstanding at least 3 months:

  • For matters in the Supreme Court of Queensland, information is available here;
  • For matters in the Land Court of Queensland, information is available here;
  • For matters in the Federal Court of Australia, information is available here;
  • For matters in the Family Court of Australia, information is available here;
  • For matters in the Federal Circuit Court, information is available here;  
  • For matters in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, please refer to the QCAT Reserved Decisions Policy

If you would like QLS to enquire about a delayed judgement on your behalf, please complete the online form. If you have any queries, please contact our Delayed Judgements Team via delayedjudgments@qls.com.au.