Summons or Subpoenas

If you cause a summons or subpoena (the Notice) to issue for the production of documentation by Territory Families, Housing and Communities please note the following information:

Who do I address the Notice to?

  • The notice should be addressed, where possible, to the Territory Families, Housing and Communities Legal and Freedom of Information Team.
  • Where the Notice is required to be directed to a person by name, the appropriate person is the Chief Executive Officer, Territory Families, Housing and Communities – currently Mr Ken Davies.

Where do I send the Notice?

Preferred method of Service: Territory Families, Housing and Communities accepts service of the Notice via email (please also refer to the below details regarding conduct money). Service can be effected by emailing an electronic copy of the Notice to:

Where a Notice is required to be served in the original please send via registered mail to:

  • Territory Families, Housing and Communities Legal and Freedom of Information Team.
    PO Box 37037
    Winnellie NT 0820

Where a Notice is required to contain a street address, please direct to:

  • Territory Families, Housing and Communities Legal and Freedom of Information Team
    Level 7, Darwin Plaza
    41 Smith St Mall
    DARWIN NT

If you wish to serve the Notice in person, please attend:

  • Territory Families, Housing and Communities
    Legal and Freedom of Information Team
    Level 7, Darwin Plaza
    41 Smith St Mall
    DARWIN NT 0800

If possible, please telephone the Team on 08 8999 8831 to advise of your attendance ahead of time.

How long will it take to respond to the Notice?

  • Please allow no less than 10 working days from the date of service until the date the documents are to be produced to the Court.

What is Conduct Money?

  • Conduct money must be supplied upon service of the Notice. A person (including a Government Agency) in receipt of a Notice is not obliged to comply if conduct money has not been provided.
  • Conduct money is $30. Cheques made out to the Receiver of Territory Monies are preferred, although cash is accepted. BPay and Direct Debit options are available, details of which will be supplied with your invoice.

Please ensure that your Notice is served with a covering letter advising of your contact details and the lawyer with carriage (if applicable).

Each jurisdiction has a slightly different process and either the applicable Rules of the Court or the Court Registry should be consulted to ascertain the proper procedure.

Should you require any further information, please send your query to TFHC.LegalSubpoenas@nt.gov.au or telephone 08 8999 8831.


Last updated: 24 August 2021

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