You file documents at court when you give the court your application documents or when you respond to someone else’s application. Check with us if you’re not sure which forms and documents you need to file.
Make sure your forms are signed and dated before you file them at the court. Forms filled in on screen must be printed out before being signed and filed.
Some applications don’t charge a fee. If there’s a fee to file your application, you need to pay it when you file your documents.
You can file documents by sending them by mail or handing them in at your local court. Sometimes you only have the option of handing them in at court. You’ll usually need to file any original documents and some copies.
For filings in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and High court, you will also be able to file your documents when you pay.
You can find File and Pay here: File and Pay (external link)
You’ll usually need to give a copy of the documents that you filed at court to the other people involved in the case. This is called serving documents.
Many forms ask for an address for service. This is the address that’s used to serve documents to someone.
Your lawyer can help you serve documents. Sometimes the court can help serve documents but there may be a fee.
You must serve your documents within a reasonable time and sometimes an affidavit of service needs to be filed at court to prove the documents were served to the other people.
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