Supreme Court Library Queensland – Answering Frequently Asked Questions
As your member library, we often receive questions from BAQ members about our services, print and digital collections, and our collections of judgments and sentencing information.
Here are the answers to some of your most commonly asked questions. If your question is not answered here, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us:
- 1300 SCLQLD (1300 725 753)
I'm preparing for a case and have limited time to do research. Can the library assist?
Yes, we can! Our experienced research librarians have specialist legal information services expertise to support you in navigating legal content to find the material you need. We can help you with information enquiries, legal research, and requests for copies of judgments or other documents not available to you online.
BAQ members (Private Bar) are eligible for up to 30 minutes of free research assistance and up to 10 free documents a day. (Fees may apply for requests in excess of these daily limits, or for urgent requests.)
Visit sclqld.org.au/research to submit a request.
I’ve heard about the library’s Virtual Legal Library—what is this?
Virtual Legal Library (VLL) is a free online resource that can help you with your legal research and case preparation. BAQ (Private Bar) members who have been called to the private bar less than 3 years ago are eligible to apply for access to VLL.
VLL provides free online access to a large number of key legal publications from leading publishers including LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters and CCH. Available publications span civil, criminal and family law, and include core commentary services, law reports, textbooks and journals.
If you haven’t signed up yet, visit sclqld.org.au/vll and join members across Queensland who are already enjoying the benefits of this groundbreaking online resource.
I need somewhere private to work—do you have any study rooms?
Our Brisbane library has several private study rooms, as well as public PCs, that can be used on a first come, first served basis. There are also plenty of quiet areas and desks available in the main part of the library, and you can access our free WiFi throughout the library. And don’t forget our beautiful reading deck if you’d like fresh air and grand views of the city while you work!
I’m looking for a particular book, do you have it?
To search the library collection:
- check the catalogue at catalogue.sclqld.org.au
- then visit us in our main Brisbane library, or one of our regional libraries in Cairns, Townsville or Rockhampton to access our print collection and online databases and subscriptions.
Where can I find decisions handed down by Queensland courts and tribunals?
We provide free access to a comprehensive collection of the official unreported judgments of Queensland courts and tribunals at sclqld.org.au/caselaw. CaseLaw also links to the authorised versions of decisions in the Queensland Reports where decisions have been reported.
You can use the CaseLaw advanced search features to tailor your search, locate relevant and useful results, easily navigate between cases, and even save cases to view later, download, print and share.
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Help! I can’t find a particular judgment online
If the judgment has not been published online, it may be subject to a non-publication order. If you cannot locate a judgment, consider also whether the judgment name may have been anonymised in order to comply with applicable legislative provisions.
For criminal matters, if a person was acquitted there will be no publicly available documents relating to the proceeding. If a trial was held, a request can be made to Auscript (fees apply) for a copy of the trial transcript.
Where can I find sentencing remarks?
Persons who plead guilty or who are found guilty after a Supreme or District court trial will be sentenced at a sentencing hearing, and a sentencing remarks transcript will be produced.
Transcripts that have been made public by the courts are available at sclqld.org.au/caselaw/sentencing-remarks. (Keep an eye out for improvements and new content in this collection, coming soon!)
Sentencing remarks from the Supreme Court of Queensland and District Court of Queensland which have not been made public on the library website may be accessible via the Queensland Sentencing Information Service (QSIS). For more information about QSIS, including eligibility requirements, visit sclqld.org.au/qsis. If you practise in criminal law, we recommend you apply for access to QSIS.