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 judgement.
An advantage of this process, over contacting the court yourself, is that the judge will not know which party has been chasing the judgement. 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 head of jurisdiction of the relevant court or tribunal, asking for advice on the anticipated delivery of the judgement. Generally, the court or tribunal will respond to QLS and/or the party through their representative (or directly in the case of a member who is a self-represented litigant) with information about when the judgement is expected to be handed down.
Generally, enquiries can be made once a judgment has been outstanding at least 3 months, or 6 months for enquiries to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.
The following has been published by each court and the QCAT.
- 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 Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, 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 judgment on your behalf, please complete the online form.