Can I view my court file?

Yes. If you are a party, legal representative or an independent children's lawyer you can view the court file.

Can I copy documents from my file?

Yes, if you would like to copy documents from your file you will need to attend the registry where the file is held and view the file so you can photocopy the appropriate documents.

How do I arrange to view my file and/or photocopy the documents?

You will need to fill out the Request for file inspection form. You can scan and email this form or post/fax it to the appropriate registry where the file is held.

You will need to fill out the Request for file inspection form. You can scan and email this form or post/fax it to the appropriate registry where the file is held.

 The registry will contact you when the file is available and arrange a viewing time. A photocopier is available in each registry for the photocopying of documents.

What if I am not a party to the file?

If you are not a party to the file you will need the permission of a registrar to inspect a file in accordance with r.24.13.1(c) of the Family Law Rules 2004 and r.2.08 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Rules 2001.

 This request must be in writing and provided with the request for file inspection form. 

You can send these documents by email or post/fax it to the appropriate registry where the file is held.

You can send these documents by email or post/fax it to the appropriate registry where the file is held.

 The registry will contact you to advise whether permission has been granted. If your request is successful you will be notified when the file is available so a viewing time can be arranged.

Is there a charge to photocopy the documents in the registry?

Yes, there will be a fee of 20 cents for each page.

Will I need proof of identification?

Yes, you will need proof of identification to inspect the file. To help us identify you as the person applying to view the file you must provide a photocopy of a photo ID – e.g. current driver's licence, passport or other form of photo ID. If you are from a law firm you will need confirmation on the firm's letterhead that you have permission to view the file and photocopy documents.

What if I cannot attend a registry to photocopy documents from a file?

You should put a request in writing by email or post to the appropriate registry where the file is held asking the court to provide the documents.

You should put a request in writing by email or post to the appropriate registry where the file is held asking the court to provide the documents.

 You should include the file number, names of both parties and a list of documents you require. You must attach a photocopy of a photo ID e.g. current driver's licence, passport or other form of photo ID or confirmation that you are a law firm acting on behalf of the party if you are not on the record.

Is there a charge if I ask the court to provide the documents?

Yes, there will be a fee of 20 cents for each page. The court will contact you to confirm the cost and make any arrangements required. 

See Making payments to the courts for more information.

See Making payments to the courts for more information.

What if I am overseas?

You can email or post your application, but you can only make payment by credit card if you are overseas.

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