Information sheets

The information provided in these pages is to assist you in preparing your application.  The information provided here is not a substitute for legal advice. The content of this website is intended for informational purposes only and the court is not providing legal advice by or through the availability of this information.

Links to the High Court Rules and Amendments are available at Filing documents.

Should you have any questions you should contact an Office of the Registry.  A complete list of the offices and their locations is available at the Offices of the Registry page.

There are some frequently used forms available to download.  The forms for matters commenced prior to 1 January 2020 are available at Forms 2019 and the forms for matters commenced after 1 January 2020 are available at Forms 2020.

Information regarding fees payable in the High Court of Australia is available at Fees.  The High Court fees increase on 1 July 2020. 

Digital Lodgment System Portal

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

The Digital Lodgment System Portal (DLS Portal) will be 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 will provide 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.

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 General information sheets

Matters commenced before 1 January 2020

  • Information on preparing application books for matters commenced prior to 1 January 2020 (PDF 37k) (RTF 1Mb)
  • Information on preparing appeal and other books for matters to be heard by the Full Court  for matters commenced prior 1 January 2020 (PDF 47k) (RTF 1.2Mb)

Matters commenced after 1 January 2020

  • How to commence a civil special leave application if you are representing yourself   (PDF 27k) (RTF 93k)
  • How to commence a criminal special leave application if you are representing yourself   (PDF 24k) (RTF 92k)
  • Information about applications for constitutional or other writs (PDF 19k) (RTF 72k)
  • Information about writs of summons (PDF 600k) (RTF1.2Mb)