Digital Lodgment System

Judgment summaries


5 August 2020

For judgment:

Berry & Anor v CCL Secure Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 27 (PDF) (RTF)

Lewis v The Australian Capital Territory [2020] HCA 26 (PDF) (RTF)

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Statement by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC



HCA Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Following the adoption of policies restricting travel and meetings and remote workplace arrangements it has been decided that the High Court of Australia will not be sitting in Canberra or on circuit in the months of April, May and June.  The question of future sittings will be reviewed in June. 

The Court will continue to deliver judgments and deal with special leave applications including hearings as necessary at individual registries and will hear any urgent matters that may arise using video conferencing technologies.  Any enquiries should be directed to [email protected]

Video Connection Hearings - PROTOCOL

The High Court has issued a protocol for practitioners participating in Video Connection Hearings (PDF) (RTF)

The following Practice Directions take effect from 23 March 2020:

  • Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020 - Electronic filing of documents - cases commenced before 1 January 2020 (PDF 39k) (RTF 63k)
  • Practice Direction No. 2 of 2020 - Opening of the Registry (PDF 10k) (RTF 69k)


From Tuesday 24 March 2020, no face to face services will be provided at the counter.  While the counters are closed, we are still working in registries and remotely to provide services and support to practitioners and litigants via phone and other online services.

On 20 March 2020 the Court issued Practice Direction No 2 of 2020 reducing the opening hours of the Registry. The registry will be open to deal with enquiries by phone or email during the restricted hours of 10.00 am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Filing Documents Electronically

The Digital Lodgment System Portal (DLS Portal) provides for mandatory electronic lodgment of all documents filed in any case commenced after 1 January 2020.  Register with a simple 3 step process of email verification, registration and approval by the Registry

For cases commenced before January 2020 the Court issued Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020 Electronic Filing of Documents - Cases Commenced before 1 January 2020 on 20 March 2020.


Contact with the High Court Registry is by email or telephone:

Canberra Registry (for ACT and NT cases)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (02) 6270 6857

Melbourne Registry (for VIC, TAS, SA and WA cases)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (03) 8600 3000

Sydney Registry (for NSW and QLD cases)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (02) 9230 8369

General enquiries may be directed to (02) 6270 6893.

Access to the High Court building is through the Level 2 entrance at the end of the ceremonial ramp.

The High Court building is open to the public from:

Monday to Friday: 9.45 am to 4.30 pm

Normal Court sitting hours are from:
10.00 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.

2019 Sittings Calendar (PDF) (HTML)
2020 Sittings Calendar (PDF) (HTML)

Music at the Court
View the 2020 music program here.

Audio Visual Recordings

Audio-visual recordings of Full Court hearings heard in Canberra are now available.



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