DLS Information Sheets

DLS Portal Overview

Information Sheets on procedures for cases and hearings

Information on party categories and the applicable fees (PDF 37k) (DOCX 46k)

Information on how to review a refusal of financial hardship waiver (PDF 122k) (DOCX 45k)

Information on procedures for Special leave applications after filing (PDF 26k) (RTF 1Mb)

Information on procedures for Removal applications after filing (PDF 23k) (RTF 1.2Mb)

Information on procedures for Constitutional Writs after filing (PDF 19k) (RTF 1.2Mb)

Information on preparing application books for Special leave or Removal applications (PDF 156k) (DOCX 51k)

Information on preparing appeal and other books for matters to be heard by the Full Court  (PDF 45k) (DOCX 48k)

Information on appearing in a Special leave or Removal application (PDF 25k) (RTF 1Mb)

Information on appearing before the Full Court (PDF 23k) (DOCX 57)

Information on how to access the Canberra Building for practitioners (PDF 72k) (RTF 1Mb)

Information on the grant of Special leave or referral to an enlarged bench (PDF 39k) (DOCX 65k)

Commencing a new matter

High Court fees increased on 1 July 2022.  Please check the fees page for the fee schedule.

How to commence a civil special leave application if you are representing yourself   (PDF 143k) (DOCX 23k)

How to commence a criminal special leave application if you are representing yourself   (PDF 142k) (DOCX 23k)

Information about applications for constitutional or other writs (PDF 137k) (DOCX 21k)

Information about writs of summons (PDF 29k) (DOCX 46K)

Information sheets on how to use DLS

Frequently asked questions (last updated May 2020) (PDF 75k) (RTF 5Mb)

How to register for a DLS Portal User Account (PDF 760k)

How to reset a password on a DLS Portal User Account (PDF 300k)

How to join a case (file an appearance) (PDF 613k)

How to grant access to a case (PDF 114k)

How to apply for special leave to appeal (PDF 833k)

How to apply for a fee waiver (PDF 154k)

How to lodge an amended initiating document (PDF 70k) (RTF 5.7 Mb)

How to lodge a document on a filed matter (PDF 99k)

How to inspect a file or obtain copies of a document (PDF 250k) (DOCX 296k)

On-line registration

Register with a simple 3 step process of email verification, registration and approval by the Registry dls.hcourt.gov.au

Public access

Members of the public will also benefit from electronic access to information about cases filed and, upon payment of the prescribed fees, will be able to obtain copies of documents available for inspection.

How to inspect a file or obtain copies of a document (PDF 250k) (DOCX 296k)