This website includes three free databases.


Key Decisions Database

The Key Decisions Database is intended to include reference to all new decisions of the Supreme Court of Queensland which the Editors consider to be of sufficient importance to report in future editions of the Queensland Reports or to include in the permanent Practice Decisions Database.


The Key Decisions Database is arranged by subject headings, using the system of classification adopted in the Australian Digest. Under each subject heading, entries for each case will be published containing:


  • a brief summary of the key point considered in the judgment.
  • a link to the full text of the judgment.
  • information concerning the appeal status of the judgment.

Judgments will only appear in the Key Decisions Database until they are reported in the Queensland Reports – or have been included in the Practice Decisions Database.


Practice Decisions Database

The Practice Decisions Database is an ambitious project which is still under construction.The object of this database is to select, from the large number of unreported Queensland judgments which apply the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules, those key decisions which establish or refine the meaning of the rules and the principles pursuant to which they are to be applied. This project is being primarily undertaken by Lee Clark, Barrister, with the voluntary assistance of a number of  members of the Queensland Bar and under the supervision of the Editors.


Probate Notice Database

The object of the Probate Notice Database is to provide a quick cross-checking method to identify those deceased estates which may be the subject of an application for probate or letters of administration in the Supreme Court of Queensland.


Proposed applications of this kind are generally required to be advertised by public notice in the Queensland Law Reporter, in a format which identifies the name of the deceased: UCPRrr 597-599


Accordingly, one way to ascertain whether such an application is proposed (or whether it has already been brought) is to search back issues of the QLR for a relevant notice.


Manual searches of back issues of the QLR extending over a period of at least one year can be conducted on this website, by simply browsing through the notices in each issue. Whilst time consuming, this is the most accurate way to identify whether a relevant public notice was published.


However, as a cross-check for such a search, the Probate Notice Database can be used. This database seeks to index, by the name of the deceased estate, all public notices appearing in issues of the QLR which are published on this website. Accordingly, if the family name of the deceased person is entered into the search field, then the database will seek to match that name and identify public notices where it may be found.


It is important to appreciate that the results of such a database search are not necessarily conclusive. For example, any typographical error in entering the relevant family name in the search field or in any advertisement or in the database will produce erroneous results. There may also be errors in the indexing process which creates the database. For that reason, the Probate Notice Database is only intended as a cross-check of more detailed searches.


Terms and Conditions

Please note that the use of this website, including the free databases, is subject to Terms and Conditions which contain disclaimers of liability. These Terms and Conditions can be viewed on the main webpage or by clicking here.