Judgment summaries


15 November 2017

HFM045 v Republic of Nauru [2017] HCA 50 (PDF 23K) (RTF 604K)

8 November 2017

Thorne v Kennedy [2017] HCA 49 (PDF 297K) (RTF 619K)

Van Beelen v The Queen [2017] HCA 48 (PDF 295K) (RTF 609K)

News Room

NOTICE - Reference by the Senate to the Court of Disputed Returns - MR STEPHEN PARRY
(See attached file)


NOTICE - Reference by the Senate to the Court of Disputed Returns - MS JACQUI LAMBIE
(See attached file)

Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2017–18

Please click on the link below:
Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18


   2015-2016 Annual Report

   (PDF 7.3M) – full report



Passing of The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE QC (1923 - 2017)
(PDF 47K) (RTF 92K)

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.

2017 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 236k) (HTML)
2018 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 423k) (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: