Queensland Sentencing Information Service
QSIS is an internet based legal research tool which has been developed in conjunction with the Judicial Commission of New South Wales. QSIS is based on the Judicial Information Research System (JIRS) which has been operational in New South Wales for more than a decade. QSIS has been designed to assist members of the judiciary and officers of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General in efficient and effective legal research.
QSIS links together information in respect of criminal practice and procedure, particularly in relation to criminal sentencing in Queensland. Until now, access to QSIS has been limited to users within the Department of Justice and Attorney General network such as judicial officers and their staff, staff from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and staff from Legal Aid Queensland.
At the launch, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General announced an intention to allow extended access to QSIS. Initially, access will be granted to other Government Departments such as the Queensland Police Service and policy makers at the Department of Premiers and Cabinet.
Practitioners will not be disadvantaged. Librarians from the Supreme Court Library in Brisbane have been trained in the use of QSIS to assist practitioners who may access QSIS from terminals within the library. Practitioners in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton will also be able to use the service from computer terminals within those libraries.
The QSIS team is also investigating the possibility of allowing access to QSIS through a subscription service. Details will be announced in the near future.
- Announcements and Recent Law related to sentencing on the home page with links to the full text of judgments.
- The full text of relevant High Court of Australia cases.
- The full text of criminal Queensland Court of Appeal Judgments since 2000.
- Case Summaries: summaries of criminal judgments from the Queensland Court of Appeal relating to appeals against sentence. These have been drafted by a Senior Legal Research Officer.
- The full text of revised Sentencing Remarks from the Supreme and District Courts, many dating back to 1999. Access to the full text of Sentencing Remarks is limited to particular QSIS researchers.
- Sentencing Statistics displayed in graphs.
- Electronic copies of all Queensland Legislation.
- Electronic copies of all Commonwealth Legislation.
- Queensland Practice Directions for the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.
The complete collection of Chief Magistrate Notes from 2000, are listed to provide an electronic search facility not previously available. A moderate number of Chief Magistrate Notes are provided between 1995 and 2000. Access to the Chief Magistrate Notes is limited to particular QSIS researchers.
Defined Terms: consolidated definition provisions from Queensland and Commonwealth legislation.
The QSIS interface provides a text searching mechanism that allows simple or advanced searches to be performed across each of the different components. The searches can be constructed using “Boolean” operators.
In addition, a document linking mechanism has been incorporated. Appropriate icons appear in the top left corner of a document allowing the researcher to link to directly related documents.
A user manual addressing all aspects of QSIS is available within the system by following the User Guide link in the left side margin of the home page.
Enquiries should be emailed to:
Alternatively, contact Amanda O’Brien, Senior Legal Research Officer on 3225 8424