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The Queensland Reports seeks to report the key judgments of the Supreme Court of Queensland from both the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal. Conventionally, there are around 90 judgments reported each year, in about 1800 pages of printed text.
The principal features of the judgments in the Queensland Reports are:
The Reports contain only those cases chosen by the Queensland Reports Editor as redefining or clarifying the law. From about 800 judgments delivered every year, only about 80 to 90 are selected for reporting. Around 150 to 160 judgments are considered noteworthy (but which are not chosen for reporting) are noted in the Queensland Law Reporter.
All reported judgments include catchwords which index the main points decided by the judgment in conformity with the unique system of classification adopted in the Australian Digest.
To allow for efficient use of the judgments, a succinct summary of the key facts and conclusions in the judgment are summarised in the headnote. The headnote contains cross-references to the key paragraphs of the judgment which establish the propositions noted. All headnotes are prepared by a Reporter and checked for accuracy by the Editor.
In cases before the Court of Appeal, the report includes a summary of the argument and a list of the cases cited.
The text of all reported judgments are checked to correct any inaccuracy in citations, quotes or typographical content.
All draft reports are submitted to the deciding Judges for their consideration, and correction where appropriate, before publication.
Despite the number of processes involved, the policy of the ICLRQ is to publish reports of new judgments within nine to eleven clear months.
Pursuant to the ICLRQ’s Constitution, it is obliged to publish the Queensland Reports at a moderate cost.