About the Registry

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The Registry is responsible for the secure custody and safekeeping of Court records; collecting and accounting for all fees received by the Court; and all aspects of proceedings and appeals.

HCA Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

From Tuesday 24 March 2020, no face to face services will be provided at the counter.

While the counters are closed, we are still working in registries and remotely to provide services and support to practitioners and litigants via phone and other online services.

The registry will be open to deal with inquiries by phone or email during the restricted hours of 10.00 am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Location

The Principal Registry of the High Court of Australia is located at the seat of the Court in Canberra.  There are offices of the Registry at the capital city of each State and in Darwin.

The Registry services in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Darwin are provided by staff of the Federal Court of Australia.  Registry services in Hobart are provided by the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

A complete list of the offices and their locations is available at the Offices of the Registry page.

Hours

The office hours of the Registry shall be from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Each office of the Registry shall be open during office hours on each day except:

  • Saturdays and Sundays;
  • any day observed as a holiday by the Australian Public Service or observed as a public holiday in the State or Territory of that office;
  • the days between Christmas Day and New Years Day inclusive; and
  • any day on which the building in which the office of the Registry is located is closed to the public.

Digital Lodgment System Portal

In 2020 the High Court of Australia moved from a paper-based Court to one that provides for the electronic lodgment of Court documents.

The Digital Lodgment System Portal (DLS Portal) is an external facing portal that allows legal firms, legal practitioners and self-represented litigants to register, file documents, receive notifications and track the progress of their cases around the clock.

The system 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 dls.hcourt.gov.au.