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FEDERAL COURT RULES 2011 - RULE 2.32

Inspection of documents

             (1)  A party may inspect any document in the proceeding except:

                     (a)  a document for which a claim of privilege has been made:

                              (i)  but not decided by the Court; or

                             (ii)  that the Court has decided is privileged; or

                     (b)  a document that the Court has ordered be confidential.

             (2)  A person who is not a party may inspect the following documents in a proceeding in the proper Registry:

                     (a)  an originating application or cross-claim;

                     (b)  a notice of address for service;

                     (c)  a pleading or particulars of a pleading or similar document;

                     (d)  a statement of agreed facts or an agreed statement of facts;

                     (e)  an interlocutory application;

                      (f)  a judgment or an order of the Court;

                     (g)  a notice of appeal or cross-appeal;

                     (h)  a notice of discontinuance;

                      (i)  a notice of change of lawyer;

                      (j)  a notice of ceasing to act;

                     (k)  in a proceeding to which Division 34.7 applies:

                              (i)  an affidavit accompanying an application, or an amended application, under section 61 of the Native Title Act 1993 ; or

                             (ii)  an extract from the Register of Native Title Claims received by the Court from the Native Title Registrar;

                      (l)  reasons for judgment;

                    (m)  a transcript of a hearing heard in open Court.

Note:          Native Title Registrar and Register of Native Title Claims are defined in the Dictionary.

             (3)  However, a person who is not a party is not entitled to inspect a document that the Court has ordered:

                     (a)  be confidential; or

                     (b)  is forbidden from, or restricted from publication to, the person or a class of persons of which the person is a member.

Note:          For the prohibition of publication of evidence or of the name of a party or witness, see sections 37AF and 37AI of the Act.

             (4)  A person may apply to the Court for leave to inspect a document that the person is not otherwise entitled to inspect.

             (5)  A person may be given a copy of a document, except a copy of the transcript in the proceeding, if the person:

                     (a)  is entitled to inspect the document; and

                     (b)  has paid the prescribed fee.

Note 1:       For the prescribed fee, see the Federal Court of Australia Regulations 2004 .

Note 2:       If there is no order that a transcript is confidential, a person may, on payment of the applicable charge, obtain a copy of the transcript of a proceeding from the Court's transcript provider.

Note 3:       For proceedings under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act, see also rule 34.70.

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