As part of the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s commitment to the Government’s digital continuity policy, the courts are changing the way court orders are accessed.
From tomorrow, 1 July 2017, the courts will no longer post hard copies of sealed orders by mail to legal representatives.
All court orders will be signed and sealed electronically and available to download from the Commonwealth Courts Portal available here.
The regime will be extended to all parties from 1 January 2018.
The changes are intended to provide faster and more secure delivery of court orders.
Register for the portal, link to your firm and files, set your email notifications, get instant access 24/7 to your court files and download your orders as soon as they are available.
For step-by-step guides to registering, linking your firm, using the portal and accessing orders visit How do I for lawyers.
If you’re already registered and using the Portal see ‘Viewing and downloading orders’ for more details about accessing orders at How do I navigate through the Commonwealth Courts Portal – for lawyers.
This is not a retrospective change. Past orders issued before 1/7/17 may not be available on the Portal. The usual application process for requesting a sealed copy of orders will still be required for past orders.
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