Subpoenas

You can subpoena the department to provide documents for legitimate legal purposes.
You can subpoena the department to provide documents for legitimate legal purposes.

A subpoena is a legal document that orders the recipient to:

  • appear in court to give evidence 

And or

  • produce documents or other material that they have to the court.

A subpoena can also be called a ‘witness summons’ or ‘summons’.

How to serve a subpoena

You cannot serve a subpoena by attending the office of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

Child protection documents subpoena

To serve a subpoena for child protection documents, email childprotectionsubpoenaunit@dffh.vic.gov.au.

You must do this on the day the subpoena and accompanying documentation are filed in court.

Post the conduct money and the documentation to:

The Proper Officer
Child Protection Subpoena Unit
Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
GPO Box 4672
Melbourne VIC 3001

The Child Protection Subpoena Unit processes subpoenas for child protection documents. You can contact them by:

Child protection practitioner subpoena

To summon a child protection worker to court, address the subpoena to the worker and serve it directly to them.

Housing records subpoena

Email queries to housingbusiness.operations@dffh.vic.gov.au 

How to write a subpoena for child protection documents

Learn what to ask for to subpoena child protection documents.

Fees and timeframes for subpoenas

Learn how much time you need to give us to produce the documents in your subpoena and the fees (conduct money) we charge for this service.