Digital Lodgment System

Judgment summaries


18 March 2020

For judgment:

Swan v The Queen [2020] HCA 11 (PDF) (RTF)

Strbak v The Queen [2020] HCA 10 (PDF) (RTF)

State of Western Australia v Manado & Ors; State of Western Australia v Augustine & Ors; Commonwealth of Australia v Augustine & Ors; Commonwealth of Australia v Manado & Ors [2020] HCA 9 (PDF) (RTF)

The Queen v Guode [2020] HCA 8 (PDF) (RTF)

Commissioner of State Revenue v Rojoda Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 7 (PDF) (RTF)

For delivery of reasons:

KMC v Director of Public Prosecutions (SA) [2020] HCA 6 (PDF) (RTF)

11 March 2020

For judgment:

BHP Billiton Limited (Now Named as BHP Group Limited) v Commissioner of Taxation [2020] HCA 5 (PDF) (RTF)

Australian Securities and Investments Commission v King & Anor [2020] HCA 4 (PDF) (RTF)

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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 by video link between registries and Canberra.  Any enquiries should be directed to [email protected]


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)


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.


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: