The information notice issued on 12 April 2013 is revoked and the following Practice Note is substituted.

  1. Types of matters

    1.1 Applications for orders for substituted service of bankruptcy notices or creditor's petitions or for issue of examination summonses under section 81 Bankruptcy Act 1966 will ordinarily be dealt with online by hearings in eCourtroomeCourtroom is a virtual courtroom that assists in the management of pre-trial matters by allowing directions and other orders to be made online.

  2. Filing

    2.1 To apply for an order for substituted service in Bankruptcy matters, litigants should commence proceedings and file applications through eLodgment. In doing so, ex parte hearings should be requested and it should be explained that this is to consider the need for substituted service orders.

    2.2 Applications for issue of examination summonses under section 81 Bankruptcy Act should also be normally eLodged unless their size prevents this.

    2.3 Once lodged, applications will be given a return date with the location as "eCourtroom". Practitioners must ensure that when an application is lodged, the full name and email address of the practitioner who will be conducting the eCourtroom hearing is provided at the foot of the first page of the application. More than one practitioner's name and email address may be provided.

  3. Registering for eCourtroom

    3.1 Each practitioner can create a unique user name and password through the registration process before using eCourtroom for the first time. An email notification will be sent to practitioners that the registration has been accepted by the Court and the user name and password can then be used to log on to eCourtroom. A link to eCourtroom is available on the Federal Court's website (www.fedcourt.gov.au).

  4. Sign up to Particular Matter

    4.1 For each application, practitioners will receive a further email notifying them that the particular matter has been set up in eCase Administration part of eCourtroom. The Registrar allocated to deal with the matter will then communicate with each practitioner via eCase Administration.

    4.2 Before or on the eCourtroom return date the Registrar will:

    • consider the filed evidence, any communications and the draft orders forwarded by the applicant through eCase Administration. Any draft orders must be sent in Microsoft Word (.doc) format.
    • make appropriate orders, notify parties (applicant in these ex parte matters) and provide a sealed copy of the order.

    4.3 It is anticipated that these matters will be initially considered within 10 business days of filing and be dealt with no later than the listed eCourtroom date on the application.

    4.4 eCourtroom, can be found at https://www.ecourtroom.fedcourt.gov.au/ecourtroom/default.aspx or by contacting the Registry during business hours on:

    ACT (02) 6267 0666
    NSW (02) 9230 8567
    NT (08) 8941 2333
    QLD (07) 3248 1100
    SA (08) 8219 1000
    TAS (03) 6232 1615
    VIC (03) 8600 3333
    WA (08) 9268 7100

John Pascoe
Chief Judge
September 2014