Digital Lodgment System

Judgment summaries


16 December 2021

For Judgment:

Orreal v The Queen [2021] HCA 44 (PDF) (DOCX)

8 December 2021

For Judgment:

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Huang [2021] HCA 43 (PDF) (DOCX)

Bell v State of Tasmania [2021] HCA 42 (PDF) (DOCX)

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs v Viane [2021] HCA 41 (PDF) (DOCX)

Arsalan v Rixon; Nguyen v Cassim [2021] HCA 40 (PDF) (DOCX)

Port of Newcastle Operations Pty Limited v Glencore Coal Assets Australia Pty Ltd & Ors [2021] HCA 39 (PDF) (DOCX)


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2019-2020 Annual Report (PDF)

Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2021–22
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Portfolio Budget Statements 2021–22


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High Court Building

The High Court building is open weekdays 9.45am to 4.30pm.

The Building will be closed from 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022.



Oral History Podcast of the 40th Anniversary of the High Court Building

An oral history project was commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the building of the High Court in Canberra. It was launched by the Chief Justice on 19 May 2021. The High Court is a unique and architecturally significant building. Its design was the culmination of a national competition and its construction took place between 1976 and 1980. Its interior design, artworks and furnishings were integral to the effort to construct a building for the nation which reflected the significance of the High Court at the apex of the judicial branch of government.

Video Connection Hearings - PROTOCOL

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

The following Practice Direction takes effect from 8 February 2021:

-Practice Direction No. 1 of 2021 – Opening of the Registry (PDF) (DOCX)

The Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Registry staff are currently working remotely.

All enquiries for the Registries should be made by email (not telephone) to:

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]


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: N/A

Sydney Registry (for NSW and QLD cases)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: N/A

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.

2020 Sittings Calendar (PDF) (HTML)
2021 Sittings Calendar (PDF)

Music at the Court
View the 2020 music program here.

“The High Court Registries will be closed from 4.00pm on Friday, 24 December 2021 and will re-open on Tuesday, 4 January 2022.

Any party seeking to file a document between 25 December 2021 and 3 January 2022 has an automatic extension of time under the High Court Rules (Rule 4.01.5) until 4:00pm on Tuesday, 4 January 2022 to file the document. Any documents lodged between 25 December 2021 and 3 January 2022 will be reviewed on 4 January 2022.

All inquiries for the High Court will need to wait until the registry re-opens on Tuesday, 4 January 2022.  If a matter is of extreme urgency, such as imminent deportation, you may telephone 02 9230 8000.”


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: