Return subpoenaed documents to the Registry electronically

A new NSW Subpoena Response service has been launched to enable subpoena respondents (producers) for Civil cases to submit subpoenaed items (text, image, audio, video or other data) electronically. This removes the need for hard copies to be sent by post, courier, or hand-delivered over the counter at the Registry. 

The free, secure and efficient online service can be found at http://subpoenaresponse.justice.nsw.gov.au and is available to anyone who needs to return subpoenaed items to the Registry, as long as the subpoena received was issued via the Online Registry, and has a court item ID.

Uploading items

For online respondents to Civil cases, the NSW Subpoena Response service allows up to 50 individual files in any common electronic format to be uploaded, but the total size for each response should be no more than 3GB (gigabytes). However, producers may respond more than once per case if required. 

Image depicting stepped process of responding to subpoenas online

Requesting access

Once subpoenaed items are submitted, and subject to access orders granted, solicitors representing the other party may request access from the Registry to download and view the items. The Registry will send a link to the party requesting access to download and view the items, removing the need for parties to attend the Registry to photocopy subpoenaed items, as well as saving time and money. 

However, this is an interim process, and it is anticipated that by the end of June, getting access to items will be further improved allowing solicitors to download any subpoenaed item directly from their Subpoena Items Screen on the Online Registry Website (subject to access orders).

Legal practitioners should note that subpoenas should be issued via the Online Registry Website to enable producers to respond using the Subpoena Response service.

For more information and help on responding to subpoenas online, visit https://subpoenaresponse.justice.nsw.gov.au/#/info/faq

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