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Going to court

Before you arrive

  • Check the court’s address and location on a map. The Court of Appeal is at:

    Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law Complex
    Level 3, 415 George Street
    Brisbane

Sometimes the Court of Appeal may sit in another court. You should check the law list at www.courts.qld.gov.au/daily-law-lists or in The Courier-Mail on the morning of your hearing.

  • If you are in prison, the prison will receive a notice from the Court of Appeal to bring you into the court on your hearing day. Usually you can appear via videolink.
  • Organise to arrive at court 30 minutes early. This will give you time to register your arrival at the court counter.
  • Allow enough time for the court process and organise child care if needed.
  • Dress neatly. Make sure you look clean and don’t wear shorts, tracksuits, t-shirts or thongs.
  • Bring all of your paperwork, a pen and paper as you may need to take notes during the hearing.
  • Organise to take a family member or friend to support you. They can usually come into the courtroom with you and sit in the public gallery.
  • If you need an interpreter, you should write to the Court of Appeal registry before your court date and ask for one.

When you arrive

  • Wait outside the court in the foyer. The court clerk will call your name when the judges are going to hear your appeal. Go into the courtroom and tell the court your name.
  • Turn off your mobile phone. Don’t eat, drink or chew gum in court.

What to do when you are called into the courtroom

  • Bow your head to acknowledge the judges when you enter or leave the courtroom.
  • Stand at the bar table (or in the dock if you are in custody) when the judges are talking to you. Call the judges “Your Honour”. Sit down when the prosecutor is talking to the judges.

The judges will ask you to explain why your appeal should be allowed. By the day of your appeal the judges will have read the Appeal Record Book and both your and the prosecutor’s outline of arguments.

The court will give you a limited opportunity to argue your case. They do not want to hear a lengthy repeat of arguments you have already put in your written outline. At the hearing you should tell the judges:

  • your strongest points
  • anything new you have thought of since you filed your outline of argument
  • why the prosecutor is wrong.

During the hearing the judges may ask you questions. If needed, point out to the judges any relevant part of the Appeal Record Book you think they should look at.

If you have nothing to add to the outline of argument you’ve already given the court, you can tell the judges you do not want to add to your written submissions with oral argument.

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