Supreme Court of New South Wales

Civil litigation search reports

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Application forms

Please complete an application form (PDF, 208.8 KB) if you require a litigation report on open or closed civil cases. Enquiries can be emailed to the Registry at

Warning alert

The search report will not disclose:

  • undefended cases in the Common Law Division except if the full name of the defendant is listed onthe application form.
  • matters in the Common Law Possession List.
  • cases that are the subject of a suppression order
  • applications for overseas service of a document.

What search reports include

The search report will include the following information:

  • case and proceeding number (eg 2009/00001234 001 or 2009/00001234 002)
  • case title (eg Jane Citizen v ABC Company)
  • future listing dates (if applicable)
  • case type (eg Claim or Application under Corporations Law)
  • case status (eg open or closed)
  • lodgement date (the date the case was filed in the Court).

A fee is payable at the time you submit your application to the Registry. Cost (per name searched):

For an individual, or on an individual’s behalf - $51

On behalf of a company - $102

Search criteria that identify less than 50 cases eligible for release will be emailed to you within 48 hours. If the requested search identifies more than 50 cases eligible for release, your results will be emailed to you within 5 business days. A staff member will contact you when more than 50 results are identified to give you an opportunity to refine your search and receive the results sooner e.g. limiting your search to cases commenced in the last year.

If you are undertaking a research project and need to review a large amount of data, you should review our information and data release policy available here.

If your application is urgent, specific details must be provided at the end of this form regarding the reasons for urgency.

The reliability and value of the search report depends on the accuracy of the details you provide on this form. Staff will search for the exact name that you provide on the form. The database is updated in real time and includes all cases that have commenced since 1 January 1989. As the database is being continually updated, the results of a search may vary from time to time as new information is entered.

Last updated:

16 Nov 2023

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