When the Court delivers judgments, copies are immediately available from the Canberra office, and are provided to the parties and media free-of-charge. Additional copies can be purchased, at the fee prescribed in the High Court of Australia (Fees) Regulation 2012, by the parties and the public in the Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney offices of the Registry. This service is also provided if the Court delivers judgments when sitting in other cities.

Judgments are available on the Court website at http://eresources.hcourt.gov.au/ once they are delivered.

Special leave dispositions

Information on dispositions published in applications for leave or special leave to appeal determined on the papers, is available on the Special Leave Dispositions page at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/publications/dispositions.


Publication of Reasons and Pronouncement of Orders

The High Court Rules 2004 provide that the Court may determine leave and special leave applications on the papers without an oral hearing.  In those cases, the applications are not listed for hearing but for publication of reasons and pronouncement of orders only.

The Court publishes these dispositions for applications determined on the papers. The dispositions are available on the AustLII website at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCASL/ and on the Jade website at http://jade.barnet.com.au/c/HCASL.

The results of the applications are available at https://www.hcourt.gov.au/registry/special-leave-applications-results-2023.


Information on judgments delivered by the Court  is available at http://www.hcourt.gov.au/publications/judgments.


Judgment summaries RSS feed


16 December 2014

Henderson v State of Queensland (PDF 293K) (RTF 616K)

10 December 2014

Commissioner of State Revenue v Lend Lease Development Pty Ltd; Commissioner of State Revenue v Lend Lease IMT 2 (HP) Pty Ltd; Commissioner of State Revenue v Lend Lease Retail Investments Ltd (PDF 292K) (RTF 698K)

Argos Pty Ltd & Ors v Simon Corbell, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development & Ors (PDF 297K) (RTF 691K)

3 December 2014

Commissioner of Taxation v MBI Properties Pty Ltd (PDF 251K) (RTF 615K)

Cantarella Bros Pty Ltd v Modena Trading Pty Ltd (PDF 295K) (RTF 612K)


14 November 2014

Kuczborski v State of Queensland (PDF 408K) (RTF 604K)

12 November 2014

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZSCA & Anor (PDF 296K) (RTF 614K)

Hunter and New England Health District v McKenna; Hunter and New England Health District v Simon & Anor (PDF 294K) (RTF 685K)

5 November 2014

Wellington Capital Limited v Australian Securities and Investments Commission & Anor (PDF 294K) (RTF 623K)

Alphapharm Pty Ltd v H Lundbeck A/S & Ors (PDF 293K) (RTF 616K)


16 October 2014

Construction, Foresty, Mining and Energy Union v BHP Coal Pty Ltd (PDF 292K) (RTF 602K)

15 October 2014

Rhiannon Gray by her tutor Kathleen Anne Gray v Richards (PDF 291K) (RTF 615K)

09 October 2014

O'Grady v The Queen (PDF 23K) (RTF 607K)

Kentwell v The Queen (PDF 23K) (RTF 607K)

08 October 2014

Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v Owners Corporations Strata Plan 61288 & Anor (PDF 293K) (RTF 621K)

Tajjour v State of New South Wales; Hawthorne v State of New South Wales; Forster v State of New South Wales (PDF 293K) (RTF 686K)


11 September 2014

Plaintiff S4/2014 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor (PDF 295K) (RTF 615K)

10 September 2014

Maxwell v Highway Hauliers Pty Ltd (PDF 23K) (RTF 67K)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker (PDF 21K) (RTF 614K)


14 August 2014

Edward Pollentine & Anor v The Honourable Jarod Pieter Bleijie Attorney-General for the State of Queensland & Ors (PDF 185K) (RTF 683K)

13 August 2014

Anthony Charles Honeysett v the Queen (PDF 183K) (RTF 605K)

Daniel Glenn Fitzgerald v The Queen (PDF 183K) (RTF 607K)


27 June 2014

FTZK v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor (PDF 293K) (RTF 617K)

20 June 2014

Plaintiff S297/2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor (PDF 298K) (RTF 614K)

Plaintiff M150/2013 by his Litigation Guardian Sister Brigid Marie Arthur v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor (PDF 299K) (RTF 614K)

19 June 2014

Williams v The Commonwealth of Australia & Ors (PDF 185K) (RTF 616K)

18 June 2014

Plaintiff S156/2013 v. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor (PDF 294K) (RTF 614K)

11 June 2014

Howard v Commissioner of Taxation of the Commonwealth of Australia (PDF 183K) (RTF 622K)


21 May 2014

Do Young (aka Jason) Lee v The Queen; Seong Won Lee v The Queen (PDF 186K) (RTF 479K)

16 May 2014

Sidhu v Van Dyke (PDF 181K) (RTF 606K)

Adco Constructions Pty Ltd v Goudappel & Anor (PDF 184K) (RTF 616K)

14 May 2014

MacarthurCook Fund Management Ltd & Anor v TFML Ltd (PDF 164K) (RTF 481K)

Gillard v The Queen (PDF 183K) (RTF 603K)

7 May 2014

Stewart & Anor v Atco Controls Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) (PDF 183K) (RTF 1080K)

Australian Financial Services and Leasing Pty Ltd v Hills Industries Ltd & Anor (PDF 182K) (RTF 611K)

10 April 2014

Attorney-General for the Northern Territory & Anor v Emmerson & Anor (PDF 185K) (RTF 608K)

2 April 2014

Thiess v Collector of Customs & Ors (PDF 163K) (RTF 481K)

NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie (PDF 180K) (RTF 604K)

Achurch v The Queen (PDF 184K) (RTF 613K)

Taylor v The Owners - Strata Plan No 11564 & Ors (PDF 186K) (RTF 604K)


12 March 2014

State of Western Australia v Brown & Ors (PDF 182K) (RTF 679K)

5 March 2014

Electricity Generation Corporation trading as Verve Energy v Woodside  Energy Ltd & Ors; Woodside Energy & Ors v Electricity Generation Corporation trading as Verve Energy (PDF 187K) (RTF 612K)

James v The Queen (PDF 181K) (RTF 611K)


18 February 2014

The Australian Electoral Commission v. Johnston & Ors; Wang v. Johnston & Ors; Mead v. Johnston & Ors
(PDF 24K) (RTF 683K)

14 February 2014

Milne v The Queen (PDF 44K) (RTF 616K)

12 February 2014

Barbaro v The Queen; Zirilli v The Queen (PDF 45K) (RTF 684K)

Smith v The State of Western Australia (PDF 44K) (RTF 612K)


The Sir James Martin Oration, 24 September 2019   (PDF)

Illegitimately Re-Writing the Music?, The Jack Richardson Oration, 9 September 2019   (PDF)

Reform of the Law Governing Jury Directions and the Determination of Criminal Appeals, NSW Supreme Court Judges' Conference, 24 August 2019   (PDF)

Cultural Change - The Shift from Party Autonomy to Court-Managed Litigation, Asia-Pacific Judicial Colloquium 2019, 28 May 2019            (PDF)


Criminal Law Stream, Australian Bar Association & New South Wales Bar Association National Conference 2018, 17 November 2018      (PDF)

Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference, Tuesday 13 November 2018 (PDF)

Jury Directions: the Struggle for Simplicity and Clarity, Banco Court Lecture, Supreme Court of Queensland, 20 September 2018 (PDF 140K)

By the Skin of Our Teeth - The Passing of the Women's Legal Status Act 1918, Francis Forbes Lecture, 30 May 2018 (PDF 144K)


"Examining The Judge", speech at the launch of volume 40 of the University of New South Wales Law Journal, 29 May 2017 (PDF 88K)


The James Spigelman Oration 2016, Judicial Legitimacy and the limits of Review, Sydney, 22 November 2016 (PDF 135K)

Legal Research Foundation: The Evidence Act 2006 – 10 years On, Auckland, 23 September 2016 (PDF 169K)

The Protection of Women in the Administration of Criminal Justice in Australia, Australian High Commission Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15 August 2016 (PDF 88K)

Judicial Activists or Champions of Self-Restraint: What Counts for Leadership in the Judiciary?, The General Sir John Monash Leadership Oration, 4 August 2016 (PDF 98K)

"Equality, Proportionality and Dignity: The Guiding Principles for a Just Legal System", The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture, University of Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall, Newcastle, 29 April 2016 (PDF 142K)


Keeping the Criminal Law in 'Serviceable Condition': A Task for the Courts or the Parliament, University of Sydney, 22 October 2015 (PDF 129K)

Magna Carta – Resonances in the Common Law of Australia, Spring Conversazione, Melbourne, 1 October 2015 (PDF 84K) (RTF 498K)

Melbourne Magistrates' Court of Victoria Professional Development Conference, 22 July 2015 (PDF 384K)


Jack Goldring Memorial Lecture, The Unviversity of Wollongong, 31 October 2014 (PDF 145K)

Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture, 23 October 2014 (PDF 104K)

Appellate Review of the Facts, The Sir Maurice Byers Lecture, 20 August 2014 (PDF 147K) (RTF 190K)


Section 80 - The Great Constitutional Tautology, The Lucinda Lecture, Monash University, 24 October 2013 (PDF 388K)
(RTF 436k)








30 MAY 2008


The Honourable Justice Kiefel

High Court of Australia


Janurary to June (PDF)


January to June   (PDF_ 95K)

July to December (PDF)


January to June (PDF_96K)

July to December (PDF 57K)


January to June (PDF 87K)

July to December (PDF 68K)


January to June (PDF 73K)

June to December (PDF 66K)


January to June (PDF 84K)

June to December (PDF 84K)


January to June (PDF 85K)

July to December (PDF 64K)


January to June (PDF 68K)

July to December (PDF 85K)


 January to June (PDF 68K)

 July to December (PDF 76K)


July to December (PDF 84K)

January to June (PDF 64K)


July to December (PDF 16K)

January to June (PDF 20K)






Page 5 of 11