In brief: A Federal Court of Australia decision addressing deemed service; default judgment in circumstances where the Respondents failed to file a notice of address for service; and the Court’s power to award default judgment in the form of a liquidated debt in circumstances where declaratory relief is sought.
Taylor David represented the successful Applicant Receivers in this matter.
Case summary by James Waterman.
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Practice and procedure:
Deemed service - r10.23
The Applicants applied under r10.23 of the Rules for deemed service of the originating application material on the First Respondent. The evidence before His Honour was as follows:
Evidence as to circumstances where it is not practical to serve the document personally:
Evidence as to the documents being brought to the attention of the First Respondent:
His Honour accepted the Applicants’ evidence and found that the originating application material was taken to have been served on the First Respondent.
Default judgment - r5.23(3)
The Applicants' claim was brought by way of originating application. The claim sought declaratory relief and interest. The facts in support of the originating application were disclosed in the affidavit of Mr Ross (see paragraph 25 of the Judgment).
His Honour held that based on the evidence from Mr Ross, the Applicants had established their claim for payment of the sum of $89,406.73. His Honour noted that while it was expressed as declaratory relief paragraph two (2) of the relief sought essentially constitutes a claim for “a debt or liquidated damages” within in the terms of r5.23(2)(b) of the Rules. Further His Honour considered that the words “or any other order” in r5.23(2)(d) of the Rules are broad enough to cover the relief sought, including declaratory relief and an order for payment of the sum of $89,406.73.
His Honour ordered default judgment for the Applicants against the First and Second Respondents under r5.23(2) of the Rules in the sum of $103,247.46 made up as follows:
· $89,406.73 for the claim.
· $5,88.53 for interest.
· $8,252.20 for costs.