Judgment summaries


22 September 2017

Re Roberts [2017] HCA 39
(PDF 209k) (RTF 303k)
NB: There will be no judgment summary relating to this judgment.


13 September 2017

The Queen v Dookheea [2017] HCA 36
(PDF 21k) (RTF 604k)

Chiro v The Queen [2017] HCA 37
(PDF 23k) (RTF 608k)

Hamra v The Queen [2017] HCA 38
(PDF 24k) (RTF 608k)


7 September 2017

Transcript of pronouncement of orders - Wilkie & Ors v The Commonwealth of Australia & Ors; Australian Marriage Equality Ltd & Anor v Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann & Anor [2017] HCATrans 176 is now available (PDF 23kB) (RTF 1.3MB) and later on AustLII and Jade.


6 September 2017

The Queen v Holliday [2017] HCA 35 (PDF 294K) (RTF 369K)

SZTAL v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor; SZTGM v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor [2017] HCA 34 (PDF 207K) (RTF 76K)

Graham v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor; Te Puia v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor [2017] HCA 33 (PDF 296K) (RTF 369K)

Opening Hours

The High Court of Australia is unable to sit in Canberra while the High Court building's 37 year old air conditioning system undergoes refurbishment.  The Court's August 2017 sittings will therefore be held in Brisbane and the September 2017 sittings will be held in Melbourne.

The High Court building will remain open to the public for registry purposes, visits and school tours and concerts.

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: