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System Currently - Available  - From 9.00pm until 10:00pm tonight AEST, Friday 20 April 2018, eCourtroom will be unavailable due to essential maintenance.

eCourtroom is a virtual courtroom used in the management and hearing of some matters before the Federal Court of Australia or Federal Circuit Court of Australia. These include: ex parte applications for substituted service in bankruptcy proceedings and applications for examination summonses by allowing directions and other orders to be made online, in general Federal Law matters. 

eCourtroom is integrated with eLodgment, providing parties with a link to eLodgment to file documents. Additionally, eCourtroom provides parties with a facility to exchange correspondence and draft documents through the supplementary eCase Administration application.

A transcript facility provides a record of all messages posted by the presiding Judicial Officer and the parties in any matter that is conducted via eCourtroom. This transcript is viewable by parties as well as the public.  However, documents posted or filed are only viewable to parties to the action and the Judicial Officer. 

The terms of use are contained in the eCourtroom Protocol available on the Federal Court website.   You must adhere to these requirements when using the eCourtroom.    In essence, it is important for you to conduct yourself as though you are in a real courtroom.   This means that the judge or registrar will control and initiate the discussion and submission of material and the eCourtroom is not to be used as a free form environment for ad hoc informal liaison between the parties and chambers.   It is designed to be an efficient way to interact over time without the need for physical court attendance.

Current Changes 

Criminal Proceedings

The Federal Court (Criminal Proceedings) Rules 2016 (Cth) (Criminal Proceedings Rules) commenced on 10 November 2016, replacing the Federal Court (Criminal Proceedings) (Interim) Rules 2016 (Cth) (Interim Rules). The Interim Rules continued to apply for 6 months on a transitional basis for prosecutions commenced before 10 November 2016.

Forms for use in proceedings under the Criminal Proceedings Rules were approved from 10 November 2016 but, until now, were not supported by eLodgment.  Changes to correct this were introduced over the weekend of 16 and 17 December 2017.  These forms can now be downloaded and used for proceedings in the Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA.

Auto-Acceptance Changes

The expected changes to eLodgment were not introduced over the weekend of 7 & 8 October due to a technical issue.  Our IT team is working with the vendor to isolate the issue.  We will follow up with more communication around the expected timeframe of when this issue will be fixed.

Bankruptcy Creditors Petitions and Corporations Winding Up Applications will continue to be reviewed and processed by registry staff until this issue is resolved.

Thank you for your patience. 





Culturally Sensitive Material
The Court respects and recognises continuing customary laws, beliefs and traditions. Some of the items in the eCourtroom include material of a culturally sensitive nature that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We ask that at all times you use materials in a manner that gives due respect to customary laws, beliefs and traditions. Before using materials in communities, please seek the advice of senior community members as to appropriate procedures and protocols to be adopted.

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