High Court Rules 2016

Part 6 Service

Subpart 1—Methods and proof of service

6.1 Methods of service


Any of the following methods may be used for serving a document that is required by these rules to be served:


personal service:


service at an address for service given in accordance with these rules:


service at an address directed by the court as the address for service for the party or person:


if the solicitor for the party or person, or the party or person, has, under rule 5.40(5)(a), 5.42(2)(b)(i), or 5.44(1)(e), specified a post office box address, document exchange box number, fax number, or email address,—


by posting the document to that post office box address; or


by leaving the document at a document exchange for direction to that document exchange box number; or


by transmitting the document electronically to that fax number or email address:


if a defendant has been served in Australia under section 13 of the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 with an initiating document for the proceeding, by posting the document to an address for service of the party or person to be served.


In any case not provided for by these rules, service must be effected by the method and at the place the court directs.


This rule does not apply if an Act or a rule requires a special and exclusive method of service.


This rule is subject to rule 6.1A.

Compare: 1908 No 89 Schedule 2 r 192

Rule 6.1(1)(d): amended, on 11 November 2013, by rule 8 of the High Court Amendment Rules (No 3) 2013 (SR 2013/425).

Rule 6.1(1)(e): inserted, on 11 October 2013, by rule 12 of the High Court (Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010) Amendment Rules 2013 (SR 2013/351).

Rule 6.1(4): inserted, on 9 April 2020, by rule 8 of the High Court (COVID-19 Preparedness) Amendment Rules 2020 (LI 2020/59).