Litigation Essentials: Subpoenas

14 Feb 2019

In 2011, the NSW Supreme Court adopted a new practice for return of subpoenas

that was modelled on the District Court. This paper sets out an overview of this

procedure. While the focus of this paper is on the Supreme Court, relevant cross-references

to Federal Court rules and practice notes are provided.


This paper is split into two parts. The first part will focus on the procedural issues

associated with issuing a subpoena pursuant to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules

(UCPR). The focus of the second part is on the proper drafting of the schedule of


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Ben Bradley

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