With the development of computer technology creating both challenges and opportunities for the courts and the legal profession, the ICLRQ is seeking to adapt its services to meet the needs of the modern Australian legal system.
With the encouragement and assistance of the Chief Justice, the ICLRQ has moved to new premises in the Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law. Apart from the symbolic importance of this relocation, it has allowed the ICLRQ to modernise all its computer systems and operations in a way which will minimise its ongoing costs of operation.
On 1 January 2013, the present website was launched. This website is intended to allow the Editors of the Queensland Reports to communicate key information about changes and developments in the law more directly and efficiently to the whole of the Queensland legal community. It was also intended to assist legal practitioners and the public in obtaining more efficient access to legal notices, including those which advertise intended applications for probate or letters of administration and applications for admission to the legal profession. The use of this website is provided free of charge. Please note, however, that use of this free website is subject to Terms and Conditions which include disclaimers of liability. These Terms and Conditions appear on the main webpage.
One feature of the website is a Practice Decisions Database. This is an ambitious project which seeks to identify the key decisions which establish the meaning, and the principles governing the operation, of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules. This database will be progressively constructed during 2013, and supplemented with new decisions identified by the Senior Editor.
During 2013, a second phase of this website is also planned to be launched. This is intended to provide an online portal through which legal practitioners and members of the public can lodge, pay for and (if necessary) correct any public notices which are intended for publication in the Queensland Law Reporter. This portal will also allow for the more efficient management of subscriptions to ICLRQ publications.
During 2013, the ICLRQ is intending to complete the digitisation of the whole body of reported Queensland caselaw contained in the Queensland Supreme Court Reports, the Queensland Law Reports, the Queensland Law Journal Reports, the Queensland Weekly Notes, the State Reports of Queensland and the Queensland Reports.
During 2014, the ICLRQ hopes to publish this body of caselaw online. Pursuant to the policies of the ICLRQ, access to this material is intended to be provided on a not-for-profit basis – with the ICLRQ hoping to lower the cost to all users, as far as possible, by attracting the widest possible subscription base amongst the legal profession in Queensland and in other Australian jurisdictions. As in the United Kingdom, the ICLRQ would wish to assist users of the free online legal databases by making the authorised versions of judgments accessible (at a small fee) through links from those databases. The ICLRQ also proposes to continue to make the authorised reports available to commercial publishers, for incorporation in their more extensive and highly functional online databases, for use by ICLRQ subscribers.