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News - Probate Registry and CourtSA

On 26 November 2018 Probate was the first jurisdiction in South Australia to transition to CourtSA. Now all probate lodgments must be made electronically using CourtSA.

For more information about Rules, Forms and process changes click here.

For more information about CourtSA click here.

The process for Self-Represented Litigants will change on 9 September 2019 - Refer to Practice Note 1 of 2019 (found on the Applying for a Grant page)

On this page:

What is a Grant?

A grant of probate or of letters of administration is a legal document issued by the Probate Registry. The grant enables the legal personal representative named in the grant to formally administer the estate of the deceased person, by collecting and dealing with assets and paying estate debts.

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What Does the Probate Registry Do?

The Supreme Court of South Australia has exclusive jurisdiction in this State to make orders in relation to the:

  •  validity of Wills of deceased persons;
  •  appointment of an executor or administrator of a deceased estate; and
  • administration of deceased estates.
The Probate Registry deals with applications for grants and other related matters.
Probate officers will examine applications to ensure compliance with the relevant rules and legislation.
The Probate Registry keeps a register of all grants issued by the Court.
If you wish to search for a grant issued after 1980 then please go to the CourtSA website.

If you are looking for a grant issued before 1980 then please email the Court at enquiry@courts.sa.gov.au

Registry Staff may provide directions on making an application for a grant but will not provide legal advice. 

We can help you with general information on:

For more information on your legal rights, responsibilities and options we encourage you to talk to a lawyer to obtain specific advice regarding your situation.

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Information sessions held by the Probate Registry

If you wish to attend there are sessions held by the Probate Registry on a regular basis explaining how to navigate CourtSA. This is procedural information only. No legal advice will be given.

When: every fortnight
  • 1st Wednesday of the month – 8.30am-9.30am
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month – 3.30pm-4.30pm
Where:  Sessions will be held in the Jury Room in the Sir Samuel Way Building 241-259 Victoria Square Adelaide 5000.

 

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Probate Information for Lodging Parties

 We also have a section on information for legal practitioners on probate matters including information about:

  • Acts, Rules and Forms
  • Guidance on complex and unusual applications

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Information about CourtSA

Acts, Rules, Fees and Forms

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Contact Us

Telephone the CourtSA Registry Services

p: +61 8 82042444
enquiry@courts.sa.gov.au
8:30am – 5:00pm (Monday – Friday)

Postal Address

1 Gouger Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Physical Address

Higher Courts Registry, Sir Samuel Way Building,
241-259 Victoria Square Adelaide South Australia 5000

Opening Hours:

9:30 - 11.30am