Judgment summaries


11 September 2014

Plaintiff S4/2014 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor (PDF 295K) (RTF 615K)


10 September 2014

Maxwell v Highway Hauliers Pty Ltd (PDF 23K) (RTF 67K)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker (PDF 21K) (RTF 614K)


2014 Judgment summaries

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News Room

High Court of Australia - Public Lecture

Canberra, Court Room 1
10 September 2014, 6pm
Flyer - (PDF 524K)
Book here

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 Statements (PBS) 2014–15
Please click on the link below:
Portfolio Budget Statements 2014–15

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

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.

21 September: The Gospel Folk Choir Raise Your Voice, Raise Your Spirit

The Gospel Folk choir have been bringing the joy of contemporary gospel, folk and other popular music to the people of Canberra since 2001 [more info...]

05 October: Llewellyn Choir  

For their third performance at the Court, they invite you to indulge yourself with a banquet of choral treats by Verdi, Cherubini and Brahms, served to you with passion by this full-bodied choir [more info...]

19 October: Heart and Soul Singers & Aranda Community Choir Singing All Together

In this fun and joyous concert two community singing groups - The Heart and Soul Singers and The Aranda Community Choir - have banded together to bring you an extravaganza of song, celebration and harmony [more info...]

02 November: Diplomatic Notes and Fiscal Harmony team up with Rhythm Syndicate Rhythm in the Court

This special concert combines the talents of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“Diplomatic Notes”) and the Department of Finance and Deregulation (“Fiscal Harmony”) with Rhythm Syndicate. Fun, fast and uplifting this concert guarantees to raise the roof [more info...]

16 November: Polifemy  

The ensemble specializes in Medieval and Renaissance polyphonic sacred music that has been written or adapted for or by nuns [more info...]

07 December: Worldly Goods  

This concert offers the energetic and authentic sound of traditional songs from around the world in the grandeur of the High Court’s building [more info...]

21 December: 1:30pm (note special starting time) Special Christmas Concert

This promises to be an uplifting concert of Christmas music for the whole family, and a beautiful celebration of and a conclusion to the Court’s 2014 concert program [more info...]

All future concerts are listed 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: