Apply to issue a subpoena
In Queensland, a subpoena can be issued by the Supreme Court or District Court of Queensland to order a witness to appear in court to give evidence, produce documents or things, or both.
Am I eligible to apply online?
To be eligible to apply to issue a subpoena, you must:
- submit a request that relates to criminal proceedings before either the Supreme Court or District Court of Queensland
- be a party to the proceeding
Your request will be processed as soon as possible. Online requests will be given the same priority as requests received at a registry counter.
If you have not received the subpoena or otherwise received a response to your request within 2 business days, please contact the registry.
If you have an urgent request, you may wish to contact the relevant courthouse after submitting your request.
There must be a reasonable amount of time for service of and compliance with the subpoena.
When to apply for a subpoena online
You can apply online for Form 21—Subpoena to attend court applications only. For subpoenas relating to Form 22—Subpoena to produce a document to the Proper Officer of the court, please download the form from the Queensland Courts website.
This form will take about 5 minutes to fill out. Please allow more time if subpoenaing multiple people.
Please note: This form cannot be saved and returned to at a later point.