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Search and copy court documents

Anyone can apply to search and copy certain documents used in civil and criminal cases in Queensland. What you're allowed to search or copy may depend on relevant laws or court orders, or whether you're a party to the proceeding.

You can use this form to apply online to search and copy documents held in the Supreme and District courts or the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

If you want to search or copy magistrates court records held outside the Brisbane CBD, you need to contact the relevant magistrates court registry.

How to apply

To help us find the right documents, we will need you to tell us the:

  • file/indictment number
  • and/or

  • defendant or party names
  • documents you want to view.

If you don't have this information, you can contact the relevant courthouse for help.

For civil matters in the Supreme and District courts, you can do a Queensland Courts party search to find this information.

Fees

There are different fees for searching and copying depending on:

  • which court holds the documents
  • whether you are applying for a civil or criminal document
  • whether or not you are a party to the proceeding

In most cases, parties don't need to pay search fees. If the file is kept offsite, you will need to pay a retrieval fee to have it brought to the courthouse. We'll let you know if this applies to you.

If you choose to get a copy of the documents, before you have to pay anything, we'll contact you to let you know the total fee and your payment options. After we get your payment, we'll process your application.

View search and copy fees—Supreme and District courts.

View search and copy fees—magistrates court.

What happens next

It can take us up to 4 business days to prepare your documents after you complete this form, depending on the availability of the file or material you requested.

If you choose to get your copies by email or post, we'll send them to you as soon as they’re ready. Otherwise, we’ll contact you to let you know when your documents are ready to view or your copies are ready to collect.

Records we don't hold

Transcripts

We don’t hold copies of transcripts and recordings, including those for proceedings held in a closed court. If your request relates to transcripts and recordings, you need to contact Auscript Australasia Pty Ltd.

Name change records

We don’t hold any records relating to name changes that happened after 1 February 2004. If you want to view or copy those records, you need to contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on 1300 366 430.

To view or copy records relating to name changes that happened in Brisbane before 1 February 2004, you should contact Queensland State Archives on (07) 3131 7777 or info@archives.qld.gov.au.

You can use this form to apply for records relating to name changes that happened before 1 February 2004 in other Queensland locations (apart from Brisbane).

Divorce records

We don’t hold records relating to divorces that happened after 1974. If you want to view or copy those records, you need to contact the Family Law Courts.

Health Practitioner Tribunal or Legal Practitioner Tribunal records

Health Practitioner Tribunal and Legal Practitioner Tribunal records are held by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). If you want to view or copy QCAT records, you need to contact QCAT on 1300 753 228 or enquiries@qcat.qld.gov.au

Contact us

Contact the relevant courthouse.

Last updated
6 September 2016

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