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FAMILY LAW RULES 2004 - RULE 24.13

Searching court record and copying documents

             (1)  The following persons may search the court record relating to a case, and inspect and copy a document forming part of the court record:

                     (a)  the Attorney-General;

                     (b)  a party, a lawyer for a party, or an independent children's lawyer, in the case;

                   (ba)  if the case affects, or may affect, the welfare of a child--a child welfare officer of a State or Territory;

                     (c)  with the permission of the court, a person with a proper interest:

                              (i)  in the case; or

                             (ii)  in information obtainable from the court record in the case;

                     (d)  with the permission of the court, a person researching the court record relating to the case.

          (1A)  An arbitrator conducting an arbitration relating to a case may search the court record relating to the case, and inspect and copy a document forming part of the court record.

             (2)  The parts of the court record that may be searched, inspected and copied in accordance with subrule (1) or (1A) are:

                     (a)  court documents; and

                     (b)  with the permission of the court--any other part of the court record.

          (2A)  A permission:

                     (a)  for paragraphs (1)(c) and (d) and (2)(b)--may include conditions, including a requirement for consent from a person, or a person in a class of persons, mentioned in the court record; and

                     (b)  for paragraph (1)(d)--must specify the research to which it applies.

             (3)  In considering whether to give permission under this rule, the court must consider the following matters:

                     (a)  the purpose for which access is sought;

                     (b)  whether the access sought is reasonable for that purpose;

                     (c)  the need for security of court personnel, parties, children and witnesses;

                     (d)  any limits or conditions that should be imposed on access to, or use of, the court record.

             (4)  In this rule:

"court document " includes a document filed in a case, but does not include correspondence or a transcript forming part of the court record.

Note 1:       Section 121 of the Act restricts the publication of court proceedings.

Note 2:       Access to court records may be affected by the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 .



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