Located within a short walk of the Cairns City cinemas.

There are three entrances to the courts from Shields Lane, Lake Street and Grafton Street.

Metered parking available at the front of the building or a public car park is located in Lake Street.

Disabled car parking and taxi rank located in Shields Street.

General Information

No public photocopier available.

Registry services located on level 3

Courtrooms located on level 4.

Justice of the Peace – all documents should be signed, witnessed and photocopied before attending the registry.

Bathrooms, including disabled facilities, located on level 4

Wheelchair access available from Lake and Grafton Streets

Lift access available to all public floors.

Hearing loops available by contacting the registry in advance – email and postal address information below.

General enquiries

  • Information about filing and family law procedures
  • Procedural information about your case
  • Family law forms and publications
  • Commonwealth Courts Portal Support


Proof of divorce

I need to prove we are divorced – how do I do that?


Filing of documents by email

For documents that are unable to be eFiled


Producing subpoenaed documents by email

Where possible, you should provide documents electronically (via email). For more information see Subpoena: Information for named person or other person (served with a subpoena or a copy of a subpoena.


Registry enquiries

  • Lost property
  • Request for a lawyer code
  • Request availability of a file for file viewing or subpoena viewing (you should check that leave has been granted through the Commonwealth Courts Portal prior to sending a request to inspect a subpoena)
  • Case file information – parties/lawyers
  • Lawyers providing conciliation conference documents
  • Follow up enquiries for consent orders and urgent applications
  • Divorce hearing – requests to attend by telephone and adjournment.


Court Children’s Service

Please contact the Court Children’s Service directly via email to:

  • Confirm appointments
  • Request information in relation to appointments
  • Make enquiries about childcare
  • Request to cross-examine a Court Child Expert or Regulation 7 family consultant.


No childcare is available for children attending appointments with a Court Child Expert


Judges chambers

To contact a judges chambers please refer to Communicating with Judges' Chambers.


Divorce hearings

  • Requests to attend by telephone
  • Requests for adjournments


Legal Aid Queensland
Phone 1300 651 188 – duty solicitor available duty lists days

Cairns Community Legal Centre
Phone 07 4031 7688

North Queensland Women's Legal Service
hone 07 4033 5825

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Legal Services
Phone 07 4046 6400

QLD Indigenous Family Violence Legal Services
Phone 07 4030 0400