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)


The Law Courts Building in Queens Square Sydney will reopen on Wednesday 15 November.

Documents due to be filed while the Sydney Registry has been closed will be accepted for filing provided they are filed by 4:00pm on Wednesday 15 November.

Enquiries should be made to the Registry in Canberra by telephoning (02) 6270 6857 or by email to enquiries@hcourt.gov.au


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: