Judgment summaries


12 October 2016

Ainsworth & Ors v Albrecht & Anor (PDF 294K) (RTF 605K)

Cunningham & Ors v Commonwealth of Australia & Anor (PDF 253K) (RTF 624K)


5 October 2016

Prince Alfred College v ADC (PDF 297K) (RTF 379K)

Lyons v State of Queensland (PDF 292K) (RTF 431K)



News Room

New Robes
Press Release (updated 6 Oct 2016)


Retirement of Chief Justice
The Chief Justice of the High Court has advised the Prime Minister of his intention to resign from office with effect from midnight on 29 January 2017. The resignation will take effect a few weeks ahead of the Chief Justice's 70th birthday on 19 March 2017 in order that his successor may take up office at the commencement of the 2017 sittings on 30 January 2017.
Andrew Phelan.
Chief Executive & Principal Registrar. 23 Mar 2016

Changes to Special Leave
For further details please click here

Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) 2015-16.  Please click on the link below:
PAE Statements 2015–16

Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2016–17
Please click on the link below:
Portfolio Budget Statements 2016–17




   2014-2015 Annual Report

   (PDF 7.3M) – full report

Opening Hours

The Canberra building is open to the public from:

Monday to Friday: 9.45 am to 4.30 pm
Sunday: midday to 4.00 pm

Normal Court sitting hours are from:
10.15 am to 12.45 pm and 2.15 pm to 4.15 pm
The building is closed on public holidays. Admission to the High Court building is free of charge.

2016 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 197k) (HTML)
2017 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 236k) (HTML)

Music at the Court

Friday 21 October at 7:30pm: Flowers of War concert “Three Treasures”

Three beautiful composers from France, Germany & Australia lost from WW1. Another inspiring reflection on the cultural cost of war. Discounted tickets for High Court concert goers: book as for ‘full adult’ and then use code court [more info...]

Sunday 9 October 2016 at 1:30pm: The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra - Classics in the Court
The Sydney Lawyers Orchestra presents a selection of timeless classics and lesser known works in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia...[more info...]

Sunday 30 October 2016 at 1:30pm: Canberra Wind Symphony - Legally High
Join this stunning wind orchestra – the freshest contributor to the international wind music conversation – for an afternoon of musical magic with compositions by contemporary Australian... [more info...]

Sunday 13 November 2016 at 1:30pm: Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society - The Recorder’s Versatile Repertoire Throughout the Ages
Experience the rich and varied sound of the recorder brought to life by Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society (CREMS) within the unique acoustic environment of the High Court of Australia... [more info...]

Sunday 27 November 2016 at 1:30pm: Limestone Consort
Limestone Consort enjoys performing music from the baroque period through to music composed today and regularly works with guest soloists, including David Pereira... [more info...]

Sunday 11 December 2016 at 1:30pm: Special Christmas Concert - Directed by Helen Moore and Louise Page
Canberra’s best soloists and ensembles will join in song.This promises to be an upliftingconcert of Christmas music for the whole family, and a beautiful celebration of... [more info...]

All scheduled 2016 concerts are listed here.

Visitors on Sunday can also wander around the building and enter the main courtroom where a Court Guide will explain the history, functions and contemporary role of the High Court.

Audio Visual Recordings

Audio-visual recordings of Full Court hearings heard in Canberra are now available.



A short documentary on the High Court of Australia: