• Action - Something you can do on a case using CourtSA.
  • Active charge - A charge that is still going and has not been finalised
  • ADM number - An administration number that is allocated to a request.
  • Affidavit - A written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court.
  • Appellant - A person appealing or seeking a review against a judgment or order.
  • Applicant - A party (individual or organisation) who lodges and initiates a case (claim, cross claim or originating application) with the court. Was previously referred to as a Plaintiff on a Claim and an Applicant on an Application.
  • Bail - An agreement in which you make an undertaking to be present through the proceedings and to comply with conditions.
  • Body Corporate - A separate legal entity (other than a natural person) that has a legal existence.
  • Breach - When someone does not obey an order of the court
  • Care and Protection - A type of matter brought under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017
  • Charge - The offence you are alleged to have committed
  • Civil case - Applications that fall within the civil area of the court
  • Claim - A type of case supported by pleadings (was previously referred to as a Summons in the District and Supreme Courts).
  • Committal hearing - A hearing held in the Magistrates Court to determine if there is sufficient evidence for an accused person to be committed to a higher court for trial.
  • Contribution Claim - A document filed by the Respondent(s) outlining the contribution of the other party for the claim.
  • Copy of Record - A copy of record sets out the court case history from initiation to the date of generation of the Copy of Record.
  • Counterclaim - A cross action in which an existing party seeks final relief from the Court against another existing party.
  • Court file - The Court’s record of the case.
  • CourtSA Form - Electronic form completed and lodged using CourtSA.
  • CourtSA Generated document - Document automatically produced by CourtSA based on information provided by the user when completing a CourtSA Form.
  • Cross Appeal - An appeal filed by the respondent countering the appellant’s appeal.
  • Cross Appellant - A person who files an appeal/review which counters the appellant’s appeal/review
  • Cross Claim - A collective term encompassing cross claim types Counterclaim, Third Party Claim, Contribution Claim and Combined Counterclaim & Third Party Claim documents.
  • Cross Respondent - A party called to answer an appeal/review of a Cross Appellant
  • Cross Review - A review filed by the respondent countering the appellant’s review
  • Defence - A document filed by the Respondent(s) in response to the claim made by the Applicant(s).
  • Disposition - The status of the party and/or subcase. It will be either finalised or unfinalised.
  • Ex parte - On the application of one party to an action in the absence of the other.
  • Exhibit - A document or thing that is referred to in an affidavit or statutory declaration. It may be evidence tendered in court. Formerly referred to as ‘Annexures’ in some jurisdictions.
  • Inactive charge - A charge that is no longer active
  • Individual - A person who holds a position within an organisation and brings proceeding in that capacity. For example, a Public Officer, Chief Executive or Investigator.
  • Informant - The person, organisation or agency that lodges the Information and/or summons
  • Information - A formal document that details the charge or charges brought against a person, where the person is suspected of having committed an offence
  • Interested party - A person who has an interest in the final relief sought in an action or cross action.
  • Interested party - A person who has an interest in the final relief sought in an action or cross action.
  • Judgment debtor - The party liable to pay a debt that the court has ordered them to pay.
  • Jurisdiction - The authority of the court to decide matters before it
  • Law Code - The section and act that the offence falls under
  • Law Firm Code - A unique code that is issued to a Law Firm by the Law Society of South Australia.
  • Legal Representation - Whether the person is self represented or the name of the representative.
  • Lodge / lodging / lodged - How a user submits court documents to the court. The action of depositing or lodging something.
  • Non-Party - Any person that is not a party to the case, including the Media.
  • Notice of Alternative Contention - A responding document to an appeal where the respondent agrees with the original court/tribunal decision but believes the decision should have been based on other reasons than those provided by the court/tribunal.
  • Notifications - Emails automatically sent by CourtSA.
  • Offence Date - The date on which the offence took place
  • Office Holder - A person who has authority to bring a proceeding in the name of the office held by the person rather than in the name of the individual themselves. For example, the Commissioner of Police or a Minister.
  • Online lodgement - Lodgement using CourtSA.
  • Outcome - A record of what occurred and what was ordered by a presiding officer at a hearing.
  • Over-the-counter lodgement - A document lodged over the counter in person.
  • Plaintiff - Now referred to as ‘Applicant’.
  • Practitioner Code - A unique code that is issued to an individual legal practitioner by the Law Society of South Australia.
  • Pre-trial conference - A hearing where the court hears what facts or legal issues are in dispute, where the possibility of dealing with the charge other than trial is explored and if a trial is to be set the length of the trial is estimated
  • Prescribed form - A form prescribed by the Court Rules.
  • Probate case - Applications that fall within the probate area of the court
  • Record of Outcome - A record of what happened at the court hearing
  • Regular Party - An organisation or agency that regularly lodges proceedings with the Courts. A regular party can only be selected if the applicant has been given a Regular Party code.
  • Rejoinder - A document lodged on a Claim or Cross Claim to reply to a Reply to Defence, or a document lodged on a Third Party Claim to respond to a Defence.
  • Related Case - Any case that has been linked to another case. If the case moves jurisdictions, gets committed or appealed there will be a related case.
  • Reply - A document lodged on a Claim or Cross Claim to reply to a Defence. 
  • Requesting Party - An individual or organisation requesting service from the CAA via CourtSA. A requesting party may include a solicitor acting on instruction from an individual or organisation.
  • Respondent - A party (individual or organisation) against whom a case (Claim, Cross Claim or Originating Application) has been lodged or an appeal brought.
  • Role - The person’s part in the case (Applicant, Respondent, Interested Party, Third Party, Fourth Party).
  • Special jurisdiction - Applications that do not fall within the general jurisdiction
  • Summons - A document notifying a person of a court hearing on a specified date
  • Surrejoinder - A document lodged on a Claim, Cross Claim or Third Party Claim to reply to a Rejoinder.
  • Third Party - A new party brought into the proceedings by the Respondent.
  • Third Party Claim - A document filed by the Respondent(s) to add another party to the action.
  • Type - The category of the case (Application, Claim, etc.).