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Supreme Court Duty Registrar Services

The Supreme Court duty registrar is available from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays). The duty registrar's interview room is located in the Supreme Court Registry, Level 5 of the Courts Building, Queens Square Sydney. Tickets to see the duty registrar are issued from a machine near the door to the registry on Level 5.

How the duty registrar can help

The duty registrar can assist with the following:

  • applications as to whether documents that do not comply with the approved form or relevant rules should be permitted to be filed
  • applications from parties without legal representation for leave to issue a subpoena. A supporting affidavit is required before a subpoena will be approved
  • applications to abridge time for serving subpoenas or notices of motion
  • urgent applications for a stay of a writ
  • instalment applications
  • urgent applications for substituted service, and
  • applications to postpone a court fee.

 The duty registrar can provide the following advice:

  • general information about court practices and procedures
  • what forms are required
  • procedural advice in relation to proceedings currently before the Court, or in relation to proposed proceedings, and
  • information about providers of free legal advice.

Procedural assistance by the duty registrar is primarily for unrepresented litigants. Lawyers are expected to have undertaken their own research before approaching the Duty Registrar for procedural advice.

Non-urgent applications

The duty registrar does not process non-urgent applications or enter non-urgent orders or writs during duty sessions. These must be filed and processed in the registry in the usual way.

Urgent applications

Requests for the duty registrar to process urgent applications, and requests to make urgent orders or issue writs must be substantiated in writing. Agents of solicitors must have a letter from the solicitor outlining the reasons for urgency.

What the duty registrar cannot do

The duty registrar is an officer of the Court and must remain impartial. The duty registrar is not permitted to:

  • complete your forms
  • file your documents. If you are filing documents or issuing subpoenas you should take a separate number for the Document Lodgement Counter
  • recommend a lawyer
  • give legal advice - legal advice includes:
  1. ​​investigating your issues and determining whether you have a valid case to bring to court.
  2. giving an opinion as to the outcome of your case
  3. advising you what type of proceeding to take
  4. advising you what words to use in your court papers
  5. advising you whether your evidence is sufficient; and
  6. advising you what to say in court.

For legal advice you should consult an independent lawyer.

The duty registrar is not an expert in procedures in other Courts and Tribunals and will decline to provide advice in relation to procedures in other Courts and Tribunals. You will be referred to that other Court or Tribunal.

The duty registrar will not review probate documents before they are filed.