Street Address

Commonwealth Government Centre, Level 3, 94-104 Grafton Street, Cairns

Opening Hours

08:45am - 16:30pm

Postal Address

PO Box 9991, Cairns Qld 4870

Email

See relevant addresses provided below

Phone

1300 352 000

Phone Hours

8:30am - 5:00pm

Fax

(07) 4031 1109

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 enquiries

Information about filing and family law procedures

Procedural information about your case

Family law forms and publications

email

Commonwealth Courts Portal Support

For information go to the Commonwealth Courts Portal brochure.

For information go to the Commonwealth Courts Portal brochure.

email

Proof of divorce

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

 

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)

Family Court of Australia case file information – parties/lawyers

Lawyers providing conciliation conference documents – Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Follow up enquiries for consent orders and urgent applications

Divorce hearing – requests to attend by telephone and adjournment.

email

Child Dispute Services

Confirm appointments.

Request to cross-examine a family consultant or regulation 7 provider.

email

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

To contact Federal Circuit Court of Australia chambers please refer to Communicating with Judges' Chambers and contact details.

 

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 above.

No childcare available. Any enquiries in relation to appointments including children should be in writing by email or post to the registry.

For copies of transcripts contact Auscript.

Free legal advice and support

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 phone 07 4033 5825

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Legal Services phone 07 4046 6400

QLD Indigenous Family Violence Legal Services phone 07 4030 0400

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It is important to obtain some independent legal advice in relation to your situation. A lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities. They can also explain how the law applies to your case. A lawyer may also be able to help you reach an agreement without going to court. The court is unable to provide legal advice because to do so could seriously compromise the court's ability to impartially determine a case if a person then applies to the court seeking orders.
The Family Relationship Advice Line (FRAL) can help you with free legal advice and information about services available to assist anybody with family relationship issues - call 1800 050 321 (+61 7 3423 6878 if you are overseas). You should advise FRAL that you are seeking legal advice and they will take your details and a lawyer will call you back. FRAL will advise you of a timeframe on the call back, you should advise if it is urgent.
Alternatively, the Australian government funds a range of legal assistance services that may be able to assist you, including Legal Aid Commissions and individual Community Legal Centres, which offer free and low cost advice. Information to assist with finding legal services is available from the Attorney-General's Department website.