Legal practitioners only can lodge applications for grant of probate and letters of administration electronically to manage proceedings – from initiating applications to receiving sealed documents and final grants – without the need to attend a registry in person.
Supreme Court registries can receive electronic documents without the need to receive originals, other than the will, and interact with practitioners electronically in response.
The secure file-sharing platform enables practitioners to lodge applications and supporting documentation and receive both sealed documents and grant of probate electronically. Filing fees can be paid by credit card via a dedicated payment platform.
Electronic filing further streamlines the existing process for obtaining a grant of probate or letters of administration. All filed documents remain electronic. The application for grant and grant as issued by the registry will be provided electronically and viewable through eCourts.
Practitioners must apply to access the platform through the Brisbane registry.
Practitioners are required to be familiar with the relevant provisions of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 that deal with electronic filing, as well as the following documents:
- Approval 1 of 2020 of the Principal Registrar, Supreme and District Courts (PDF, 166.0 KB)
- Protocol – electronic lodgement of probates (PDF, 154.5 KB)
- Secure file-sharing platform – work instructions (PDF, 2.4 MB)
- Sample electronic grant (PDF, 1.6 MB)
The file-sharing platform is for the lodging of applications for grant of probate and letters of administration and should not be used for commencing urgent or contentious matters or lodging caveats. All other estate law matters remain paper-based.