Judgment summaries


10 May 2017

Smith v The Queen; The Queen v Afford [2017] HCA 19 (PDF 296K) (RTF 362K)

Aubrey v The Queen [2017] HCA 18 (PDF 294K) (RTF 362K)

3 May 2017

Pickering v The Queen [2017] HCA 17 (PDF 293K) (RTF 380K)

Plaintiff M96A/2016 & Anor v Commonwealth of Australia & Anor [2017] HCA 16 (PDF 293K) (RTF 364K)

Talacko v Bennett & Ors [2017] HCA 15 (PDF 300K) (RTF 371K)

News Room

New Robes
Press Release (updated 6 Oct 2016)

Changes to Special Leave
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Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2017–18
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Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18




   2015-2016 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.

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

Music at the Court

View the 2017 music program 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: