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Giving copies of court documents to third parties

Where the in camera rule applies, you cannot give anyone copies of Court documents unless the law allows you to do so.

Section 40(4) of the 2004 Act allows copies of or extracts from court orders to be supplied to relevant persons who have been allowed to receive these orders by the Minister. If a person who is allowed to receive a court order does so, they can only use it and disclose it to others as part of their job. The list of people who can be supplied court orders is on iLAB.

Section 40(8) allows the Court to order copies of court documents, information, or evidence in the proceedings to be disclosed to third parties if necessary to “protect the legitimate interests” of a party or other person affected.

If a third party requests court documents or information in relation to proceedings that are covered by the in camera rule, you must refuse to give the information or supply the documents, unless the person is on the list of people who can be supplied the information or the Court has approved of you doing so.

If there are any difficulties refer to Legal Services.