Digital Lodgment System

Judgment summaries



13 October 2021

For Judgment:

Mineralogy Pty Ltd v Western Australia [2021] HCA 30; Palmer v Western Australia [2021] HCA 31 (PDF) (DOCX)

Ridd v James Cook University [2021] HCA 32 (PDF) (DOCX)


6 October 2021

For Judgment:

Edwards v The Queen [2021] HCA 28 (PDF) (DOCX)

Charisteas v Charisteas [2021] HCA 29 (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 only when the Court is sitting and hearings can be attended if permitted by current COVID-19 restrictions. If you have business with the Court in Canberra please contact the Registry by email at [email protected] or by telephone 02 6270 6857.



Joint Costs Advisory Committee - 2021 Call for Submissions. (PDF)

The High Court, Federal Court, Family Court (from 1 September 2021, the Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 1) and Federal Circuit Court (from 1 September 2021, the Federal Circuit and Family Court (Division 2), have established a Joint Costs Advisory Committee (JCAC) to inquire into, and make recommendations on, any variations in the quantum of costs (including expenses and fees for witnesses) allowable to legal practitioners which should be contained in the scales of costs in the Rules of the respective courts.



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.

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: