SMS alerts now available for court appearances
ADULT defendants on bail around Queensland will now receive an SMS reminder 24 hours before their next court appearance as part of a regional pilot project that has been expanded statewide.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the text appointment reminder, similar to those issued by many businesses, was designed to save court time and costs by encouraging a greater attendance rate at court.
“It is a significant inconvenience for the courts and all the parties involved in a matter when a defendant fails to attend court,” she said.
“The pilot was initiated to try to reduce the number of Fail to Appear warrants, which may be issued immediately upon a defendant not turning up to court.”
The pilot program started in the Mackay Magistrates Court in June 2016. The statewide rollout begins today.