Probate Registry opening hours are between 9.30am-4.30pm

All probate lodgments must be made electronically using CourtSA.

View information about rules, forms and process changes.

For self-represented litigants refer to Practice Note 1 of 2019.

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.

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

  •  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. Registry staff will examine applications to ensure compliance with the relevant rules and legislation.

Registry staff may provide guidance and general information on making an application for a grant:

Probate staff do not provide legal advice.

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

For grants issued after 1980, go to CourtSA.

For grants issued from 1917 – 1979, email enquiry@courts.sa.gov.au. Include the deceased name and date of death in your email request.

For grants issued from 1844 – 1916, the FamilySearch website includes digital copies of Probate records. Search the deceased name and date of death in the SA Will and Probate Records. You will need to create a free account to login to FamilySearch.

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: once a month

Note: next session will be held on 16/3/2022.

  • 3rd Wednesday of the month – 3pm – 4pm

Excluding Public Holidays

Where:  Sessions will be held in the Jury Room in the Sir Samuel Way Building 241-259 Victoria Square Adelaide 5000.