Court Reporting Guide

Journalists play a key role in helping the Queensland community understand sentencing. This is why we have developed the Court reporting guide for Journalists (PDF, 1.8 MB) which explains:

  • court processes
  • what journalists can and can’t report
  • courtroom etiquette, and
  • commonly used terminology.

Developed in consultation with journalists from television, radio and print, the Supreme District Court and the Queensland Law Society, the Guide provides a simple, plain English overview of the courts to assist journalists to cover court proceedings accurately – supporting enhanced community understanding and confidence in Queensland courts and the criminal justice system.

You can download a copy of the Court reporting guide for Journalists (PDF, 1.8 MB) or contact the Council’s Media and Engagement team to request a hard copy of the handy A5, 36-page Guide.

Media inquiries



(07) 3738 9517 or 0459 887 077