National Court Framework (NCF) Forms
As part of the NCF reforms, a number of forms have been developed and some existing forms have been amended. In addition, there are requirements in some national practice notes for the lodging of specific documents. Set out below are the NCF forms and the information concerning documents that are required in certain practice notes.
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Prescribed and "Interim" NCF Forms
Form 127 - Bill of Costs
The Form 127 - Bill of Costs is a prescribed form under the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) ("Federal Court Rules"). (On 25 October 2016, the previous Form 127 - Bill of Costs (version 3) was revoked and the current Form 127 - Bill of Costs (version 4) was approved by the Chief Justice, under the Federal Court Rules).
"Interim" NCF forms
In addition to the Bill of Costs, the following forms have been developed or amended to support the national practice notes. These forms are currently undergoing internal consultation and have been issued by the Court as "interim" forms. The forms in the table below are the relevant forms to use and the Court will notify its subscribers when the forms are amended or released as "final".
|Form No.||Form||Status||Practice Note (PN)|
|NCF1||Concise Statement (DOCX, 26 KB)||New - interim||CPN-1 & any National Practice Area PN|
|NCF2||Pro-forma Tax Questionnaire (DOCX, 61 KB)||Amended - interim||TAX-1|
|NCF3||Notice of Disclosure - Litigation Funding Agreements (DOCX, 20 KB)||New - interim||GPN-CA|
|NCF4||Party request for access to Court documents (RTF, 275 KB)||Being reviewed - interim||GPN-ACCS|
|NCF5||Non-Party (including Media) request for access to Court documents (RTF, 199 KB)||Being reviewed - interim||GPN-ACCS|
|NCF6||Request for Enforcement (DOCX, 26 KB)||New - interim||GPN-ENF|
|NCF7||Request for Leave to Issue a Subpoena (DOCX, 70 KB)||New - interim||GPN-SUBP|
|NCF8||Uplift Form (DOCX, 66 KB)||New - interim||GPN-SUBP|
Access to Documents Forms (being reviewed)
The forms relating to Party and Non-Party/Media access to Court documents requests are currently being reviewed and updated. Forms will be issued on completion of the review. In the interim, please use the following current forms:
- Request for access to court documents by a non-party or media representative: Procedures | Form RTF, 891 KB | Form DOCX, 118 KB | Form PDF, 344 KB
- Request for access to the Court file by party (RTF, 275 KB)
If you are requesting access to Court documents, please note the requirements on the person or party making a request as set out in the Court's Access to Documents and Transcripts Practice Note (GPN-ACCS).
See also: How to access documents filed in a class action.
Documents Required by the National Practice Notes
Parties may be required to file a specified document, in accordance with certain national practice notes.
These documents do not have specified formats and can be prepared using the Court's general Title forms (Forms 1 - 3). If there are any specific requirements for such a document, it will be contained in the relevant national practice note.
The following table sets out the specific documents required in certain practice notes and the relevant practice note and paragraph reference (or pinpoint):
|Summary of Principal Issues||A&M-1||Para 5.3|
|Agreed Statement for the Court||A&M-1||Para 7.4|
|Outline of Case||ACLHR-1||Para 6.5 & 12.1|
|Trial Bundle||ACLHR-1||Para 12.2|
|Costs Summary (Affidavit)||GPN-COSTS||Para 4.5|
|Costs Response (Affidavit)||GPN-COSTS||Para 4.6|
|Agreed Primer||IP-1||Para 6.8|
|Agreed Glossary of Key Technical Terms||IP-1||Para 6.11|
|Agreed Statement or Table||IP-1||Para 6.17|
|Agreed Statement of Issues – Patents||IP-1||Para 12.3|
|Preliminary Witness List||TAX-1||Para 5.2|
|Taxation Case Management Conference Documents||TAX-1||Para 5.10|