How to serve documents in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court 

This fact sheet explains what ‘service’ is and how it works in court. 

If you are commencing a case or the court has asked you to provide documents to someone, this fact sheet can help. It is important to understand the process for how to serve documents, as there are some strict rules that apply.

This fact sheet covers:

  • What is service
  • Who serves documents in a proceeding?
  • When does service take effect?
  • When is personal service required?
  • How do you serve a document?
  • Proving you have served someone
  • Substituted service
  • Consequences of improper service
Fact Sheet: What does “service” mean in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court Download PDF (234 KB)
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