Queensland Police Service - Requirements


If you are a party to proceedings in a Magistrates Court and you wish to obtain records held by the QPS that are relevant to the proceedings, you may obtain a:
  • Summons of a witness issued by a Justice of the Peace
  • Subpoena issued by the Court.

Please note that a Commissioner for Declarations is not authorised to issue a summons of a witness.
 
The summons or subpoena must be:
  • Addressed to the ‘Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service’
  • Clearly describe the records that are to be provided to the court; and
  • Served personally on the Commissioner’s authorised representative at Queensland Police Headquarters, 200 Roma Street, Brisbane.

It is important that you understand that a summons or a subpoena requires the Commissioner to produce records directly to the court. To inspect the records produced you will need to apply to the court.
 
If you require a person such as a police officer to give verbal evidence you must address a summons or subpoena to the individual officer and serve it at the officer’s usual place of duty. Please contact the officer’s station to arrange a time for service.
 
If you require a person to produce records (e.g. a police notebook) as well as give verbal evidence, you must serve two separate summonses or subpoenas:
  • One on the officer to attend
  • One on the Commissioner to provide the records.

If you intend to serve a summons or subpoena, it is your responsibility to ensure valid service within the specified time-frame. It is not the Commissioner’s policy to waive statutory obligations regarding valid service.
 
Depending upon the matter to be heard by the Court, you may be required to provide conduct monies (i.e. witness expenses) to the person being served with the summons or subpoena (see ‘fees​’ section).
 

Magistrates Court – Requirements

Summons of a Witness (Form 10)

  • Must be addressed to ‘The Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service’.
  • Required to be issued by a Justice of the Peace (not a Commissioner for Declarations).
  • If you need to serve a Summons on a particular officer of the Queensland Police Service, you must address the Summons to the individual officer and serve it at the officer’s usual place of duty. Please contact the officer’s station to arrange a time for service with the individual officer.
  • Contact details should be supplied in case we need to contact you.

Criminal or Civil Subpoenas

  • Must be addressed to ‘The Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service’.
  • Must be sealed (stamped) by the court.
  • Conduct money may be payable to The Commissioner or an individual officer upon service.


Domestic and Family Violence Protection (Form DV 22 – Subpoena)

  • Must be addressed to ‘The Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service’.
  • Required to be signed and sealed by Magistrate/Judicial Registrar (or for the Registrar).
  • Requires personal service at Queensland Police Service Headquarters, 200 Roma Street, Brisbane.