Judgment summaries


18 October 2017

For judgment:

BRF038 v The Republic of Nauru [2017] HCA 44 (PDF 290K) (RTF 605K)

Brown & Anor v The State of Tasmania [2017] HCA 43 (PDF 296K) (RTF 626K)

For publication of reasons:

Koani v The Queen [2017] HCA 42 (PDF 291K) (RTF 605K)


11 October 2017

The Director of Public Prosecutions v Dalgliesh (A Pseudonym) [2017] HCA 41 (PDF 293K) (RTF 606K)

News Room

HCA 2017 Public Lecture (Video / paper)
High Court of Australia - Canberra, Courtroom 1
11 October 2017
HCA Public Lecture 2017

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


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.

7pm Tuesday 10 October

2017 Flowers of War series: The Healers: A Pocket Opera about the Role of Nurses in WW1
The gorgeous soprano Simone Riksman, who stole people’s hearts in the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival, returns to Australia to sing the role of the Belgian Nurse. Fabulous tenor Andrew Goodwin, who performed in last year’s Somme concert, sings as the Wounded Soldier. Other performers are: Maurice Jaspart, Tom Azoury clarinet, the One-armed Clarinettist; Catherine McCorkill, clarinet, the Australian Nurse; David Pereira, cello, a Patient; Caroline Almonte, piano, Red Cross Volunteer; Christopher Latham, violin and artistic director, performs as Joseph Boulnos, a French orderly.
Composers include Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Jean Sibelius, Ivor Gurney, Renaldo Hahn and FS Kelly.

Tickets available at theflowersofwar.org

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: