The duty registrar can assist with the following:
The duty registrar can provide the following 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.
Appointments are available from 9:30am to 12:10pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). The maximum time for each appointment is 20 minutes. Appointments must be made in advance and cannot be made on the day. The following times may be requested:
Appointments are made with the duty registrar by emailing the court at the general enquiries email address. The subject line in your email should state: "Request for Appointment with the Duty Registrar". The body of your email should state the date and time you would like to have your appointment and provide both a contact telephone number and email address.
After you have made an email request for an appointment, please wait until you receive an email from the registry confirming the date and time of your appointment.
On the day of your appointment, there is no requirement for you to take a ticket from the ticket machine. Please proceed to interview room 9 in the registry on level 5 at your scheduled time.
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.
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. You will need to take a ticket for the duty registrar. Your enquiry will then be referred to the duty registrar in chambers to determine if your application is urgent. Examples of urgent applications include:
The duty registrar is an officer of the Court and must remain impartial. The duty registrar is not permitted to:
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.