Federal Court of Australia
Frigger v Trenfield (No 3)  FCA 1471
HARTMUT HUBERT JOSEF FRIGGER
MERVYN JOHN KITAY
DATE OF ORDER:
THE COURT ORDERS THAT:
1. The applicants’ letter of 20 October 2021 to the associate to Justice Logan be marked as Exhibit 1.
2. Exhibit 1 be deemed to be an interlocutory application for the vacation of Order 2 of the Orders made on 18 August 2021.
3. That deemed interlocutory application be dismissed.
4. The applicants have leave to file and serve on or before 11 November 2021 submissions of not more than 1 page as to why costs of the dismissal of the application should not follow the event.
5. In default of the filing of any such submission, the order be that the applicant pay the costs of each respondent, to be fixed by a Registrar if not agreed.
6. If such submission be filed by the applicants, the respondents have leave to file and serve such submissions in reply of not more than 1 page on or before 18 November 2021. Thereafter the question of costs be determined on the papers.
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1 The applicants took the unorthodox course of writing to my Associate in relation to orders which I had made on 18 August 2021.
2 For reasons which I then delivered ex tempore, I ordered, materially, the applicants’ interim application filed 26 July 2021 be adjourned to a date to be fixed pending the outcome of the proceeding of the Supreme Court of Western Australia (COR 131 of 2021): see Frigger v Trenfield (No 2)  FCA 1255. I am prepared to treat the letter of 20 October 2021 as if it were an application for vacating that adjournment order. However, that adjournment order was not made on the basis of any particular mistake but rather on the basis, as the reasons indicate, of a view reached that the existence of that particular Western Australia Supreme Court proceeding referred to in the order emphatically favoured an adjournment.
3 Today, on behalf of the applicants, Mrs Frigger indicated that a different view ought to have been reached in light of Colvin J’s judgment in Kitay, in the matter of Frigger (No 2)  FCA 1032, at . If that be the case, firstly, one might have expected Mrs Frigger to have drawn that to my attention on 18 August 2021, but in any event, if, truly, an absence of reference to that case occasioned injustice, the remedy for the applicants is now to seek an extension of time within which to apply for leave to appeal against an interlocutory order.
4 Further, the particular adjournment application made was not opposed. There is no special rule of court applicable to litigants in person. I am by no means persuaded that the notice of the material substantively relied upon for the adjournment application was unknown to either applicant until as late as the day before the adjournment application. It appears to me that the present deemed application is nothing more than second thoughts. If, truly, within those second thoughts, there does lie an injustice, the remedy, in my view, is as I have indicated.