• Action - Something you can do on a case using CourtSA.
  • Active charge - A charge that is still going and has not been finalised
  • Addressee - A person to whom the subpoena was addressed and therefore must comply with the orderexpressed in a subpoena
  • Adhoc Hearing Lists - Hearing listings that are listed outside of set timeslots
  • 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.
  • Authorisation - Endorsement or confirmation by the Presiding Officer or the Court Officer as per jurisdictionalrequirements
  • Automatic Publication Prohibition - A legislated restriction on publication of particular case details
  • Backdated - To date a cheque, invoice, letter, document, with a date earlier than the actual date
  • 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.
  • BPoint - Online system provided by the Commonwealth bank to enable the processing of telephonecredit card payments
  • Breach - When someone does not obey an order of the court
  • Calendar - An electronic chart showing the days, weeks and months of the year and displays thetimeslots (diaries) available on any given day
  • Card Verification Number (CVN) - A three-digit security number that usually appears on the back of a credit or debit card. It issometimes referred to as a card security code or card verification value and it provides extraprotection against fraud
  • Care and Protection - A type of matter brought under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017
  • Case Participant - A person or person’s named on a case
  • Chambers Staff - Personal Assistants, Judicial Assistants, Master’s Clerks, Magistrate’s Clerks, Associates, Tribunal Clerks
  • 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.
  • Consumer Price Index - An index which provides a measure of the change in the average cost of a standard basket of retail goods by relating the cost in the current period to that of a base period; used as a measure of inflation
  • 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.
  • Correspondence - Incoming and outgoing emails and documents between the court and parties
  • 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.
  • Court Officer - Registry staff entering the outcome
  • Court Request - A request for assistance by a self-represented case participant or their legal representativefor their appearance at a hearing. It also includes a request to adjourn a hearing by consent.
  • CourtSA - The online service where court users can initiate new cases, defend cases, lodge documents, download documents and view their case (with some exceptions).
  • 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
  • Debtrak - The fines and debt management system used by FERU. The CAA do not have access to this system
  • 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.
  • File Document Number (FDN) - A consecutive numbering system assigned to documents (with some exceptions).
  • Filed by - The person that lodged the document or process.
  • Filing Date - The date the document is accepted as part of the Court record.
  • Final Notice of Claim - A formal notice given to a person to demand payment of monies owed (or any other remedy you are seeking) before taking further civil court action. It is a low-cost opportunity to resolve the issue before issuing a civil court claim
  • Finalised - When the case is closed.
  • Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit - An office of the Attorney-General’s Department managing new and overdue fines and debts issued by government agencies across South Australia.
  • First appearance - The first time a matter appears in court
  • 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 party (whenever joined) against whom no relief is sought and whose interests are not directly and adversely affected by the claim, cross claim or originating application but who has an interest in respect of the final relief sought in an action or cross action to such an extent that the person should be joined […]
  • Interpreter - A person who interprets, especially one who translates speech orally or into sign language
  • Invoice - A request for payment for goods or services provided
  • Judgment debtor - The party liable to pay a debt that the court has ordered them to pay.
  • Judicial Officers - Justices, Judges, Masters, Commissioners, Magistrates, Judicial Registrars, Special Justices
  • Jurisdiction - The authority of the court to decide matters before it
  • Justice of the Peace - A person appointed by the Attorney-General to act as an independent and objective witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes
  • 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.
  • Mediation - An alternative dispute resolution process where the parties, with the assistance of a mediator, identify issues, develop options, consider alternatives and endeavour to reach an agreement
  • Minutes of Order (Draft Orders) - (a) A list of orders that a party is seeking the court to make;(b) The outcome orders a court has made
  • Non-Judicial Officers - Registrars, Deputy Registrars, Mediators, Court Experts, Listing staff
  • 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’.
  • Pleadings - Is a formal statement of a cause of an action or defence. A generic statement encompassing Statement of Claim, Defence, Reply and Response lodgement types
  • 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.
  • Presiding Officers - Includes Judicial officers and non-judicial officers hearing a matter
  • 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
  • Suitors Fund - A bank account that is separate from the Court’s collection account, where money is held in trust on behalf of parties in an unfinalised matter, earning interest at a rate set by the Department of Treasury & Finance, until there is a Court order or by direction of the Registrar, to action a payment out
  • Summons - A document notifying a person of a court hearing on a specified date
  • Suppression Order - An order made under the Evidence Act 1929 restricting the publication of case details or information
  • Surety - Security for the fulfillment of an obligation, eg. in criminal proceedings, the release of a prisoner from legal custody, into the custody of persons acting as sureties, undertaking to produce the prisoner to the court at a later date or forfeit the security deposited as a condition of the release
  • 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.).