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FEDERAL COURT RULES 2011 (SLI NO 134 OF 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.

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 section 50 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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