Judgment summaries

10 April 2014

Attorney-General for the Northern Territory & Anor v Emmerson & Anor (PDF 185K) (RTF 608K)

2014 Judgment summaries

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Legal Practitioner's Scale of Costs 
Joint Costs Advisory Committee Inquiry

(PDF 14K)


The High Court of Australia commenced making available to the public audio-visual recordings of its hearings from the 1st of October, 2013.

For further information, please read the full media release.


Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS)
Please click on the link below:
2013-14 PBS

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




    20122013 Annual Report

    (PDF 5.4M) – full report.

Opening Hours

The 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.

2014 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 240k) (HTML)


Sunday Concert Series:
1st & 3rd Sundays at 1:00pm

Sunday concerts are scheduled for the first and third Sunday of each month in the Great Hall of the High Court at 1.00pm.  All concerts are free, open to the general public and bookings are not required.

20 April: The Night Café Manouche et Tango

The Latin/Gypsy jazz duo The Night Café gathers the wide world into an intimate embrace with their mix of French café, Latin, Jazz Manouche and Romany melodies [more info...]

4 May: As Famous as the Moon

As Famous as the Moon will be performing songs from the great American song book. The trio has played an important role in the development of jazz in Canberra over the last twenty years [more info...]

18 May: Lady’s Mantle Heart and Home

Canberra-based women’s vocal ensemble of 7 to 10 enthusiastic and experienced singers. They perform a blend of music from medieval to modern times drawing on nine centuries of folk, classical and popular music [more info...]

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: