A court order is a formal document pronounced by the judge and formalised 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.
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 automatically sent to all parties who have filed a notice of appearance.
Civil consent orders
A 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?
If your order is needed urgently, the Registry may be able to authenticate it sooner by arrangement in certain cases. Please contact the 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
The following templates are the most commonly used for orders. If you have an order that does not appear in the list, please use the Standard Form of Order template.