Judgment summaries


20 June 2018

For judgment:

DL v The Queen [2018] HCA 26 (PDF) (RTF)

Minogue v State of Victoria [2018] HCA 27 (PDF) (RTF)

Lane v The Queen [2018] HCA 28 (PDF) (RTF)


News Room

Legal Practitioners' Scale of Costs

The High Court, Federal Court, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court have established a Joint Costs Advisory Committee (JCAC) to inquire into, and to make recommendations on, any variations in the quantum of costs (including expenses and fees for witnesses) allowable to legal practitioners which should be contained in the scales of costs in the: 

High Court Rules
Federal Court Rules
Family Law Rules
Federal Circuit Court Rules

These scales are used to determine the amount payable where one party must pay the legal costs of another party to a proceeding.
Interested persons and organisations are invited to submit in writing any views on changes to the scales of costs they wish to have considered by JCAC.
Submissions (which will be available to the public unless deemed confidential by JCAC) should be sent to:

Joint Costs Advisory Committee
c/- Federal Court of Australia
Level 16
Law Courts Building
Queens Square
Email: John.Mathieson@fedcourt.gov.au
Phone: 02 9230 8341

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2018.


Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statements 2017-18
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Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2018–19

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Portfolio Budget Statements 2018–19


   2016-2017 Annual Report

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Access to the High Court building is only from the ground floor (street level) entrance.

The High Court 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.

2018 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 423k) (HTML)

Music at the Court

View the 2018 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: