Going to Court

This page contains information on all steps of the legal process for persons thinking about initiating proceedings or who are currently involved in legal proceedings. There is also practical information on representing yourself in court.

Factsheets

Queensland Courts

Before the hearing

  • Standing and involvement in legal proceedings
  • Deciding to commence legal action

During the hearing

Orders and Enforcement

Appeals

Videos

Commonwealth Courts

During the hearing

  • Hearings in the Federal Courts

Fees

Time limitations

External resources

  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia – The Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a court that acts as an alternative to hear matters that would otherwise be heard in the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Court Network – Court Network is a Queensland and Victorian service aimed at providing support to people attending court.

Where to go for help

  • LawRight is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation that operates a civil law referral service for pro bono legal representation and direct legal services for particular disadvantaged client groups.For more information about the help available, and the process for applying for help, please see the LawRight website at www.lawright.org.au. LawRight’s Self Representation Service provides free legal advice and assistance to self-represented parties throughout the course of their proceedings in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland, the Queensland Court of Appeal, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court in Queensland. The Service is the only one of its kind in Australia, developed to meet a recognised need in all jurisdictions in which it operates.
  • You may wish to approach a community legal centre for assistance. To find your nearest community legal centre, please visit the Community Legal Centres Queensland website at www.communitylegalqld.org.au. There are a number of community legal centres throughout Queensland that hold regular advice sessions.