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Applying for an adjournment

In Queensland, you must attend court on the date set by the court. If you need to change the date set by the court for any reason, you can apply for an adjournment to reschedule.

Who can apply online?

You can apply for an adjournment online if you are the prosecutor or legal representative for the defendant in a matter listed for mention or review on one of the following Brisbane Magistrates Court lists:

  • Committal Callover—held in Court 20 every Monday
  • Summary Trial Callover—held in Court 20 every Wednesday.

Deadline for applying online

You must apply by no later than 5pm, 3 business days before the date set by the court.

Consent to apply

Before you apply, you must obtain the consent of the other party—either the prosecution or the defence—for the new date.

How to apply online

Complete and submit the online application form explaining why you are requesting the change or why your client cannot attend court on the set date. You should provide supporting documentation, if possible.

When you cannot apply online

You cannot apply online if:

  • you apply less than 3 business days before the date set by the court
  • the matter is listed in a court other than Court 20
  • you want the matter adjourned to a different courthouse.

Other ways to apply

If you do not meet the requirements for applying online, you may still apply by post, email or fax to the court where the matter is listed.

You cannot apply by post if you apply on the day before, or the day of, the listing date set by the court.

Possible outcomes of your application

A magistrate will consider your application and decide whether to grant the change. A staff member from the Brisbane Magistrates Courts registry will contact you to inform you of the magistrate’s decision.

If your application is granted, you will be notified by email of the new court  by 5pm, 2 days before the callover.

If your application is refused, you will be notified by email and you will have to attend court on the date that was originally set.

Requirement to appear

Parties are required to appear in court unless ordered otherwise.

If your application for an adjournment is refused and you fail to appear on the set date, the magistrate will make an order. This could result in a warrant being issued for the defendant’s arrest.

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Last updated
17 January 2018
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