Filing documents

open_registerRules of Court

The above is a link to the Federal Register of Legislation website with access to the current consolidated Rules.

Information for filing

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.

The Court issued Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020 Electronic Filing of Documents - Cases Commenced before 1 January 2020 on 20 March 2020.

HCA Video Connection Hearings - PROTOCOL

Protocol for HCA Video Connection Hearings (PDF 34k) (RTF 124k)

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.