Representing yourself? What to consider before you start

If you are representing yourself here's what you need to think about before you start.

Going to court can be costly, time consuming and stressful. Get legal help to find out what else you can do to sort out your dispute before you create an online account.

You dont need an account to search probate notices. However, if you want to publish a probate notice, you will need to create an account. 

You will also need an account to:

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Steps to register to represent yourself in court

Step 1
Enter Details

The Online Registry is a secure service used by many different types of users. If you are a member of the public representing yourself on a case or you are a sole trader acting for yourself such as a plumber, electrician or other small business owner, you can register an account. 

When registering, you’ll need to select ‘I am an individual representing myself or I am an owner or partner in a business (e.g. sole trader or partner in a partnership)’. Then enter your contact details.

You’ll also need to provide identification documents from the list below, before you can file court forms online. Note that you must enter your name on the registration form exactly as it is shown on any identification documentation

Documents you will need:

Make sure you have two forms of ID from this list before you proceed with registration: 

  • Australian Driver's licence
  • Australian electoral roll
  • Medicare card
  • Australian passport
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Change of Name Certificate
  • Phone Book

A PDF copy of a utility bill or international passport is also accepted, however it may cause delays with the account registration. 

Step 2
Verify account

Once you’ve followed the prompts to enter your personal information and created a password including answers to 2 secret questions, you will receive an email containing a verification code. 
Your verification code and your username will be sent to you via the email address you have supplied. Please wait at least 30 minutes for this email to arrive. Enter your verification code as shown and submit.

Enter verification code

What to do if you don’t receive an email with a verification code

Check your junk mail.

If you do not receive an email with a verification code, have entered the wrong email address, or you return to the Online Registry website Login screen at a later date having deleted the email you were sent, you will need to re-enter your email address and request another verification code before you can complete registration. To do this you will need to: 

  • Enter your username (contact our support staff who can look this up using your first name and surname, if needed). 
  • Enter the password you created when you originally completed the first stage of the registration process.
Step 3

If you have submitted your verification code, enter the user name that was sent to you, and the password you created on the Login page.

Your information is confidential and needs to remain secure. The first time you log in you will need to provide us with some identification from the list provided in Step 1.

You’ll need at least 2 forms of identification from the list provided in Step 1 before you can proceed.

Step 4
ID check

From the list of documents shown below, select and upload 2 forms of identification.

Documentation needed
You’ll need two forms of ID from this list to complete registration:

  • Australian Driver’s licence 
  • Australian electoral roll
  • Medicare Card
  • Australian passport
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Change of Name Certificate
  • Phone Book
  • A PDF copy of a utility bill or international passport is also accepted. (This may delay your account registration).

Your identity will be confirmed by an external provider, Green ID. The verification bar at the top of the screen will confirm the verified percentage of the documents uploaded.

Once you have submitted the relevant identification information required, click the Finish button.  

Step 5

Your account will be active and you can begin filing forms and managing your profile. 

How to manage your profile
•    Click on the manage profile tab on the menu bar when you login to edit your personal profile information. You can add new contact details and other personal preferences in this area.