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eLodgment - FAQs

Why should I use eLodgment?

eLodgment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you will be able to lodge documents without attending the Court’s Registry counter. There are no extra fees for using eLodgment and Court issued documents are returned to you electronically after filing.

Members of the legal profession who are eLodgment users can search basic information on civil files. The information that can be gathered includes:

  • Names of parties
  • Parties representatives
  • Case reference number
  • Date lodged
  • Hearings
  • Index of documents lodged.

You will also be able to view all documents filed on matters to which you are a party.

Who can use eLodgment?

You must be a registered user to use eLodgment. It is open to all participants in litigation - law firms, government departments and self-represented litigants.

To use the system effectively, you will need an understanding of the practice and procedure of the court. We recommend seeking legal advice before commencing an action in the Supreme Court.

What can I use elodgment for?

The eLodgment system is only available for General Division civil matters. The Court operates an online wizard for Probate applications but applications must still be lodged in person at the Registry counter, or by post. Further information on Probate is available here.

Do I need any special software to use eLodgment?

No special software is required to use eLodgment other than a web browser.

What formats do the documents need to be in to be elodged?

Documents can be lodged in the following formats:

  • Doc
  • Docx
  • PDF (affidavits and consent orders only. Must be searchable PDF.)

The preference is for doc or docx formats.

Is there a limit on the size of the document I can lodge?

The maximum document size is 200MB or 1500 pages.

What documents can be lodged using eLodgment?

You can elodge most originating documents and non-originating documents in the civil jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. A full list of the documents available for eLodgment is available here.

Can I check a draft before lodging my document?

Yes, eLodgment will provide you with an opportunity to preview your document prior to lodging.

How will I know if the application has been successfully lodged?

You will receive an on screen confirmation that the document has been successfully lodged. However, not all documents will be automatically accepted for filing. Review processes will continue to operate. Your document may need to be reviewed by Registry staff, a registrar or a judge before being accepted for filing with the court. If your document is rejected, you will receive written notice from the court.

How will a claim or a writ be sealed?

When a claim or a writ is successfully filed via eLodgment, it will be allocated an action number. You will receive a notification via email that the sealed service copy, with the action number, is in your eLodgment inbox.

The electronic service copy will have the Court seal embedded in the document as a watermark. If your document needs to be listed before being issued, you will not receive the sealed copy until your action has been listed. You will receive the sealed copy of the document and a separate listing notification of the date and time in your elodgment inbox.

Can I lodge an urgent application in eLodgment?

Please contact the Supreme Court Registry on (08) 9421 5333 before lodging your document via elodgement if you require an urgent listing.

What if I lodge a document on the wrong file?

Contact the Court in writing as soon as possible to resolve the issue.

Who do I contact for help?

If you need help with the technical operation of eLodgment, you can contact the Courts Technology Group Helpdesk on (08) 9425 2645 from 8:15am to 4:45am Monday to Friday, or email at any time.

If you need assistance with Supreme Court processes, please refer to this website in the first instance or contact the Supreme Court Registry on (08) 9421 5333.

Last updated: 26-Mar-2018

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