Service of documents
Service of documents on the Attorney-General or the Minister for Justice/Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism
In regard to a suit which names:
- the Attorney-General personally, or as the Attorney-General, or
- the Minister for Justice personally, or as the Minister for Justice or Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism
AGS is directed by the Attorney-General or the Minister for Justice, as the case may be, to accept service of the originating process on his behalf at any of its offices. For this to occur, the process must be delivered personally to an AGS lawyer who is a Director of an AGS Office, a Senior Executive Lawyer, or, in the case of the Hobart and Darwin AGS offices, a Senior Lawyer.
AGS office locations appear on the following link.
Service of documents on the Commonwealth of Australia
Section 63 of the Judiciary Act 1903 provides that where the Commonwealth is a party to a suit all process in that suit is to be served on the Attorney-General or upon some person appointed by him or her to receive such service.
Persons who have been appointed by the Attorney-General to receive such service include an AGS Senior Executive Lawyer or, in the case of Hobart and Darwin AGS offices, a Senior Lawyer.