Modernisation


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.

 

Over the last decade, the ICLRQ has developed and successfully launched:

  1. a high-quality online database of Queensland authorised reports and unreported case law for the Queensland Supreme Court and Queensland Court of Appeal from 2002 onwards, at no cost to end users (Queensland Judgments Website);
  2. an annotated Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld) service, integrated into and published on the Queensland Judgments website;
  3. a new format Queensland Law Reporter delivered by email to a significant number of subscribers which is linked to and integrated with the Queensland Judgments website; and
  4. digital monthly parts of the Queensland Reports, published on the Queensland Judgments website, and accessible at no cost.

On 2 March 2018, the Queensland Judgments website was launched, completing ICLRQ’s digitisation of the whole body of reported Queensland case law 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. Pursuant to the policies of the ICLRQ, access to such material is intended to be provided on a not-for-profit basis – with theICLRQ 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 hopes 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.

 

The Queensland Judgments currently has over 18,500 users. The number of registered users has grown consistently since March 2018, and continues to do so. It is widely used.

 

Over the next five years, the ICLRQ proposes to:

  1. fully develop and enhance the Queensland Judgments Website by expanding and deepening its content;
  2. refresh the style of the Queensland Reports printed bound volumes; and
  3. introduce retrospective reporting of notable historical judgments that were not reported in the Queensland Reports at the time of their delivery.

In 2020, the ICLRQ plans to launch a new Queensland Reports website which will include an online portal to facilitate dealings with ICLRQ customers. This online portal will allow legal practitioners and members of the public to lodge and pay for probate, admission and public notices. This portal also will allow for the more efficient management of subscriptions to ICLRQ publications.