Inquiries About Reserved Decisions

For other than interlocutory matters or urgent matters, the Magistrates Court aims to deliver each decision within three months from the date on which the decision was reserved, or last submissions received, unless the presiding magistrate has indicated otherwise.

If a practitioner wishes to inquire about a delay in the delivery of a reserved decision in a case in which he or she is acting, the practitioner may write to the President of the ACT Bar Association or ACT Law Society.  If it appears to the relevant President that the decision has been outstanding for at least three months or is required urgently, the President will write to the Registrar.  The Registrar will refer the inquiry to the Chief Magistrate without disclosing the identity of the practitioner who has made the inquiry. The Chief Magistrate will inform the Registrar of the date when it is anticipated that the reserved decision will be delivered.  The Registrar will write to the inquiring legal practitioner and the other party to the litigation (or their legal representative) advising them of the anticipated date.

If an unrepresented litigant is concerned about a delay in the delivery of a reserved decision in a case in which he or she is a party, the litigant may write directly to the Registrar. The Registrar will refer the inquiry to the Chief Magistrate without disclosing the identity of the inquirer. The Chief Magistrate will inform the Registrar of the date when it is anticipated that the reserved decision will be delivered. The Registrar will write to the inquirer and the other party to the litigation (or their legal representative) advising them of the anticipated date.

A practitioner or litigant who wishes to make a complaint (not merely an inquiry) about a reserved decision should follow the complaint procedure set out below.