Judgment summaries


21 June 2017

GAX v The Queen [2017] HCA 25 (PDF 289K) (RTF 682K)

The Queen v Dickman [2017] HCA 24 (PDF 294K) (RTF 680K)

Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [2017] HCA 23 (PDF 294K) (RTF 609K)

14 June 2017

State of New South Wales v DC & Anor [2017] HCA 22 (PDF 294K) (RTF 388K)

Air New Zealand Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; PT Garuda Indonesia Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2017] HCA 21 (PDF 299K) (RTF 374K)

Hughes v The Queen [2017] HCA 20 (PDF 293K) (RTF 442K)

News Room

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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

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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: