The Childers Street Courts Complex is located on the corner of Childers Street and University Avenue, adjacent to the Australian National University campus.

The Complex is easily accessible by bus or light rail with the Civic interchange only 10 minutes walk from the building, with stops closer by for some routes.

General information

No public telephones available.

Photocopier available on ground floor - 20c per copy.

Public access computers to court websites only.

Justice of the Peace - all documents should be signed, witnessed and photocopied before attending the registry.

Bathrooms located on ground floor.

Parents' room with changing facilities for babies located ground floor.

Wheelchair access available via the main entrance.

Lift access available to all public floors.

Hearing loops available by contacting the registry in advance – email and postal address information above.

General enquiries
  • Information about filing and family law procedures
  • Procedural information about your case
  • Family law forms and publications
  • Commonwealth Courts Portal Support
  • Request for a lawyer code
enquiry form
Registry enquiriesLost propertyemail

Photocopying bookings

Important: This booking is for the copying of hardcopy material. Please ensure that orders have been made if the material is child welfare, police or medical records.

booking link

Divorce hearings

Requests for adjournments


Proof of divorce

I need to prove we are divorced – how do I do that?

Filing of documents by emailFor documents that are unable to be eFiledemail

Subpoena viewing

Book a subpoena viewing appointment (you should check that leave has been granted through the Commonwealth Courts Portal prior to booking a request to inspect a subpoena)

booking link

Producing subpoenaed documents by email

Where possible, you should provide documents electronically (via email). For more information see Subpoena: Information for named person or other person (served with a subpoena or a copy of a subpoena.

Court Children’s Service

Please contact the Court Children’s Service directly via email to:

  • Confirm appointments
  • Request information in relation to appointments
  • Make enquiries about childcare
  • Request to cross-examine a Court Child Expert or Regulation 7 family consultant.


No childcare is available for children attending appointments with a Court Child Expert

Judges chambersTo contact a judges  chambers please refer to Communicating with Judges' Chambers. 

Enquiries relating to: bankruptcymigrationhuman rightsindustrial law and other matters.

Street AddressNigel Bowen Commonwealth Law Courts Building
Cnr University Ave & Childers St Canberra
EmailEmail for General Federal Law matters.
Phone1300 720 980
Phone hours8:30am - 5pm
Opening hours9.00am - 4.30pm - Monday to Friday
Urgent after hoursFor urgent after hours applications contact the Duty Registrar on 1300 352 000.

Provides free legal advice to parties in family law matters.

Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 3 pm 

Location: Ground floor, next to court 4.

The Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) is a free service providing assistance to families with family law matters who have been affected by family violence.

You are eligible for support from this service if:

  • You or a family member have experienced, used or are alleged to have used family violence in your relationship; and
  • You need legal assistance with family law, child protection or family violence intervention orders.

FASS social support service

The FASS social worker can help with:

  • Safety planning and risk management when attending court, at home and in the community
  • Providing court support before, during and after court
  • Providing warm referrals to relevant service providers for counselling, financial, accommodation and other services that can assist.

Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm

Location: Ground floor, next to court 4.