Registry Services

The Registry

The Federal Court Registry provides administrative court services to the Federal Court, litigants appearing before the Court and the public. It also provides judges, litigants and their counsel with services relating to court hearings. These services include:

Registry Services
  • Informing litigants on rules of practice, court directives and procedures


  • Distributing Court decisions, judgments, orders to litigants and the public


  • Processing documents filed by or issued to litigants


  • Recording all proceedings


  • Maintaining Court records


  • Serving as a depository to allow for the enforcement of decisions made by the Courts and federal administrative tribunals.


Until your matter is heard by the Court, your only contact will be with the Registry staff. Here is what registry staff can and cannot do for you.

Registry staff can

  • Explain how the Court works
  • Answer general questions regarding Federal Court practices and procedures
  • Tell you what forms to use, give you copies or indicate where these may be found
  • Check your documents to see if they comply with the Federal Courts Rules and if they don’t explain why


  • Give you access to other court files and provide you with copies of documents
  • Provide you with updates, upon request on how your case is progressing
  • Make arrangements for the services of interpreters and court reporters for your hearing
  • As Commissioners of Oaths, administer oaths and affirmations for any affidavits you prepare for filing with the Federal Court, free of charge

Registry staff cannot

  • Give you legal advice on any subject
  • Recommend a lawyer to act on your behalf
  • Advise you in which Court you should file your claim or application, what to ask for or which procedure you should use
  • Help you write your court documents and affidavits
  • Remind you of when your documents are due to be filed
  • Put you in contact with a Judge or Associate Judge, other than at your Court hearing
  • Tell you if you have included enough information in your court documents
  • Make suggestions on what to say in court or how to make your legal arguments
  • Dispense a party from paying filing fees or costs
  • Predict what the Court is going to decide
  • Assist you in understanding orders or decisions of the Court

Date modified: 2022-10-07

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