Judgment summaries

19 June 2019

For judgment:

Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia Pty Ltd v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors [2019] HCA 20 (PDF) (RTF)

Masson v Parsons & Ors [2019] HCA 21 (PDF) (RTF)


12 June 2019

For publication of reasons:

Plaintiff M74/2018 v Minister for Home Affairs & Anor [2019] HCA 17 (PDF) (RTF)

For judgment:

Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Kobelt [2019] HCA 18 (PDF) (RTF)

News Room

Joint Costs Advisory Committee – 2019 call for submissions

The High Court, Federal Court, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, through the Joint Costs Advisory Committee (JCAC), inquire into, and 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 Rules of the respective courts.

JCAC's members are Justice Benjamin AM of the Family Court (Chair), Philippa Lynch of the High Court, John Mathieson of the Federal Court, Virginia Wilson of the Family Court and Amanda Morris of the Federal Circuit Court.

JCAC welcomes submissions from interested parties on changes to the quantum of costs allowable to legal practitioners under each court's scale of costs.

Submissions should be sent to:

Mr John Mathieson
Deputy Principal Registrar
Federal Court of Australia
Level 16
Law Courts Building
Queens Square
Email: query@fedcourt.gov.au

Emails should be marked to the attention of the Deputy Principal Registrar in the title. It should be noted that all submissions may be made available to public inspection.

Submissions will be accepted until 23:59 AEST, 2 August 2019.


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Portfolio Budget Statements 2019–20

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