Urgent Admiralty and Maritime Applications


Urgent applications for arrest or release of a vessel 

1. When seeking an urgent arrest out of business hours contact the Out of Hours Duty Registrar on (02) 9966 7988

The Out of Hours Duty Registrar will contact one of the Admiralty Registrars or, if they are not available, the chambers of one of the Admiralty Judges.

2. Practitioners must be prepared to provide the following details: 

  • Name and location of the vessel to be arrested (if known)
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  • When the application to arrest the vessel is intended to be filed and in which Registry
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  • Any information that may assist the Marshal to execute the arrest, including any safety issues; and
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  • Confirmation that the practitioner has the necessary funds to pay for the Marshals' fees and expenses to execute the arrest.

3. See also Arrest and release of a vessel.

Other urgent applications

Where the matter has been docketed, contact the chambers of the docket judge regarding urgent applications.

With all urgent judge-related admiralty and maritime applications, where the matter has not already been docketed to one of the Admiralty and Maritime judges,  the filing party should contact the chambers of the relevant Admiralty & Maritime Registry Co-ordinating Judge in the Registry where the proceeding is intended to be filed or, in his or her absence, to a judge in the Admiralty & Maritime National Practice Area, in that Registry.
Note: Applications for the arrest of a vessel continue to be made to the Duty (or other nominated) Judicial Registrar unless the filing party specifically seeks that the proceeding be dealt with by a Judge.

For all other urgent applications made outside business hours, contact the Out of Hours Duty Registrar on  (02) 9966 7988

The contact details for the chambers of the Admiralty & Maritime Registry Coordinating Judge and Admiralty & Maritime NPA Judges, and Admiralty Registrars are:

Registry

Admiralty & Maritime NPA Registry Coordinating Judge

NSW & ACT

Justice Stewart
Associate: 02 8099 8467

VIC/TAS

Justice Sarah C Derrington
Associate: 07 3052 4177

In consultation with:

Justice O'Callaghan
Associate: 03 8638 6547

Justice McElwaine
Associate: 03 6240 7974

QLD

Justice Sarah C Derrington
Associate: 07 3052 4177

SA & NT

Justice Feutrill
Associate: 08 6317 5387

WA

Justice Feutrill
Associate: 08 6317 5387

Registrars

                       
NameContact

Paul Farrell
Senior National Judicial Registrar


*available during East Coast business hours

02 8099 8473 or 0414612374

Assistant.FarrellR@fedcourt.gov.au

Jacinta Ellis
National Judicial Registrar


*available during East Coast business hours
03 8638 6843

Assistant.EllisR@fedcourt.gov.au
Russell Trott
National Judicial Registrar


*available during West Coast business hours

08 6137 5455

WA-Registrar.SupportMailbox@fedcourt.gov.au

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