Going to Court

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


Queensland Courts

Before the hearing

During the hearing

Orders and Enforcement



Commonwealth Courts


Service in the Federal Courts

During the hearing


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.


The information in this resource is for general information purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact LawRight or another lawyer. LawRight can only give advice to people who are eligible for our services.