A court order is a formal document pronounced by the judge and formalised by either the judge or by the Registry when the authentication process is complete. The process for obtaining court orders varies depending on which area of the Court your order is from.
In most cases, if your order stems from a civil proceeding, the Supreme Court's Principal Registry will authenticate it after it has been returned from Chambers. In some circumstances the judge will sign the order. If this occurs, the Registry does not need to authenticate the order. Copies of authenticated orders are sent to all parties on record.
Civil consent ordersA consent order, once authenticated or signed by a judge, formalises the terms of agreement between two parties and makes it binding.
Signed consent orders requiring approval and authentication are to be filed via email in both Word and PDF format.
The Court reference number should be included in the subject line of the email. Where the judge or associate judge assigned to the case is known, their associate should be copied into the email.
Specific instructions for emailing consent orders are outlined in the Notice to the Profession - Consent Orders by Email.
When can I expect my authenticated order ?
Most Court orders are authenticated by the Prothonotary and either emailed or posted to all parties, see rule 60.03(1) of Chapter I of the Supreme Court Rules. Orders in proceedings issued after 2 July 2018 will also be available to the parties to the proceeding through the case page in RedCrest.
If, after two weeks, you have not received authenticated copies of your order, please contact the Principal Registry to request copies.
If your order is needed urgently, the Registry may be able to authenticate it sooner by arrangement in certain cases. Please contact the Principal Registry to discuss your order.
Orders given for criminal proceedings are prepared by the solicitor for a party and submitted to the judge for signing.
Court of Appeal orders
The Court of Appeal Registry will automatically authenticate all orders made in the Court of Appeal. A request for Authentication Form for Court of Appeal orders does not need to be submitted.
Common order templates
See the appropriate area of the court for advice about commonly used order templates.