Judgment summaries


11 March 2015

Fortress Credit Corporation (Australia) II Pty Ltd & Anor v William John Fletcher and Katherine Barnet as Liquidators of Octaviar Limited (Receiver and Managers Appointed) (In Liquidation) and Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd & Ors (PDF 80K) (RTF 626K)

CMB v Attorney General for New South Wales (PDF 78K) (RTF 613K)

Grant Samuel Corporate Finance Pty Limited v Fletcher & Ors JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association & Anor v Fletcher & Ors (PDF 77K) (RTF 620K)





 2015 Judgment summaries


News Room

High Court Public Lecture 2015
Magna Carta and the Development of the Common Law
13 May 2015 - 6pm, High Court of Australia, Courtroom 1
(PDF 583K)
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Legal Practitioner's Scale of Costs 
Joint Costs Advisory Committee Inquiry
(PDF 14K)


Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2014–15
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Portfolio Budget Statements 2014–15

Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS) 2013-14
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Portfolio Budget Statement 2013-14

Portfolio Additional Estimates (PAE)
2013-14 PAE (PDF 199K) (RTF 980K)




   2013-2014 Annual Report

   (PDF 3.2M) – 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.

2015 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 347k) (HTML)


Sunday Concert Series:


22 March at 1:30pm: Australian Women Composers: Sally Whitwell and Sally Greenaway
This concert is a unique opportunity to see two award-winning Australian composer-pianists performing original compositions in the rich acoustics of the High Court... [more info...]

12 April 2015 at 1:30pm: Re sounding Gallipoli: Music from the Gallipoli Campaign
Based on authentic accounts from the period, this concert will feature performances on brass instruments originally played at Gallipoli and now held privately or by the Australian War Memorial... [more info...]

19 April 2015 at 1:30pm: To Heaven and Back on a Swing: The Night Café & As Famous as the Moon
This concert combines the talents of the The Night Café and As Famous as the Moon to create soaring harmonies in the Great Hall of the High Court with classic jazz numbers... [more info...]

3 May 2015 at 1:30pm: Igitur Nos
Igitur Nos is a sublime chamber choir who will sing sumptuous sacred works in the ‘cathedral' of the High Court.  All lovers of the choral tradition will delight in over 1500 years of music... [more info...]

17 May 2014 at 1:30pm: What my Mother told Me: Thorough Bass
Featuring intimate and personal chamber music composed for cello and harpsichord this concert will explore the expressive eloquence of string instruments... [more info...]

7 June 2015 at 1:30pm: Joseleo Logdat
Join Philippine baritone Joseleo Logdat, accompanied on piano by Dr Raul Navarro, in his premier performance in Australia.  Logdat will exploit the amazing space of the High Court as he sings some favourite works by Beethoven and Mozart.... [more info...]

Also on Sunday 07 June 2015 starting at 2:30pm: Re-Inventions: The High Court landscape re-invented for recorders and strings
A reworking of six of J.S. Bach’s two part Inventions, this vigorous and virtuosic suite features solo recorder accompanied by a string quartet... [more info...]

5 July 2015 at 1:30pm: The Big Bang: Hoffman Wind, City Band and The Bone Project
This remarkable event will combine the massed forces of Canberra City Band, Hoffmann Winds and The Bone Project to create one of the most outstanding brass experiences in 2015... [more info...]

16 August 2015 at 1:30pm: Coro Chamber Music
Two-time finalists for 'Best ACT Choral/Vocal Group' at the 2012 and 2013 MusicACT Annual Music Awards, Coro Chamber Music returns to the High Court to present a concert designed to keep out the Canberra winter chill... [more info...]

6 September 2015 at 1:30pm: Polifemy & The Renaissance Men: Polifemy & The Renaissance Men
A special performance of Benjamin Britten’s Advance Democracy featuring both groups will pay homage to the High Court’s position at the heart of Australian democracy... [more info...]

4 October 2015 at 1:30pm: The Llewellyn Choir
In this concert the Llewellyn Choir joins the New Caledonia French Choir for a banquet of choral treats by Verdi, Cherubini and Brahms, served to you with passion by this doubled choir... [more info...]

01 November 2015 at 1:30pm: Soundscapes: Music for Massed Ensembles: Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society, Polifemy, Mass Recorders and Trumpets
A scintillating exploration of the soundscape within the High Court, contrasting the vocal, woodwind and brass sounds of the Canberra Recorder & Early Music Society (CREMS), Polifemy, a female... [more info...]

13 December 2015 at 1:30pm: Special Christmas Concert - Directed by Helen Moore
This promises to be an uplifting concert of Christmas music for the whole family, and a beautiful celebration of and a conclusion to the Court’s 2015 concert program... [more info...]

All scheduled 2015 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: