Court proceedings

How do I serve court proceedings on the Office of the Registrar General?

If you commence or intend to commence proceedings seeking relief under an Act administered by the Registrar General, the proceedings should name the Registrar General as a Defendant and be served on the Office of the Registrar General.

Examples of proceedings seeking relief under an Act administered by the Registrar General include proceedings seeking an order:

  • injuncting or restraining the Registrar General from registering dealings in relation to land, for example, in response to a notice issued under s12A of the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW)
  • that the Registrar General register a specified dealing in relation to land
  • extending the operation of a caveat or leave to lodge a further caveat over land
  • that a transfer of land be set aside pursuant to s37A of the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW)
  • that the Registrar General correct the Torrens Title Register pursuant to 138(3) of the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW)
  • for the cancellation and issue of a new Certificate of Title pursuant to s138(3) of the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW)
  • for the variation or termination of a strata scheme under Part 9 of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 (NSW)
  • for the variation or termination of a community scheme under Part 7 of the Community Land Development Act 1989 (NSW)
  • for the resumption of lots/part lots in a strata scheme under Part 7 of the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 (NSW)
  • for the resumption of lots/part lots in a community scheme under Part 6 of the Community Land Development Act 1989 (NSW)
  • for compensation from the Torrens Assurance Fund under Part 14 of the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW)
Service of documents

All court proceedings to be served on the Office of the Registrar General must be delivered to the McKell building at 2-24 Rawson Place, Sydney.

Service of court proceedings are to be delivered through the basement carpark entrance on level 2 via Barlow Street. Once you arrive at Barlow Street, please tell the officer at the security desk that you are here to serve documents on the Office of the Registrar General.

Please call the Office of the Registrar General on 1300 318 998 beforehand so that a staff member is present to accept service. Service will not be accepted if an Office of the Registrar General staff member is not present.

Please note that if you obtain and seek to register a court order in the Torrens Register, you should lodge a sealed copy of the orders with NSW Land Registry Services under cover of a Request form 11R, requesting that the Registrar General comply with the order/s. The Request form must be accompanied with the prescribed fee.

More information may be found at NSW Land Registry Services' website.