Digital Lodgment System

Judgment summaries

December

10 December 2020

Reasons for decision:

Gerner & Anor v State of Victoria [2020] HCA 48 (PDF) (RTF)

9 December 2020

For judgment:

Peniamina v The Queen [2020] HCA 47 (PDF) (RTF)

Minister for Home Affairs v DUA16; Minister for Home Affairs v CHK16 [2020] HCA 46 (PDF) (RTF)

Roy v O'Neill [2020] HCA 45 (PDF) (RTF)

2 December 2020

For judgment:

Clayton v Bant [2020] HCA 44 (PDF) (RTF)

Minister for Home Affairs & Anor v DMA18 as Litigation Guardian for DLZ18 & Anor; Minister for Home Affairs & Anor v Marie Theresa Arthur as Litigation Representative for BDX18; Minister for Home Affairs & Anor v FRX17 as Litigation Representative for FRM17; Minister for Home Affairs & Anor v DJA18 as Litigation Representative for DIZ18 [2020] HCA 43 (PDF) (RTF)

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2019-2020 Annual Report (PDF)

Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2020–21
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Notices/Opening


Video Connection Hearings - PROTOCOL

The High Court has issued a protocol for practitioners participating in Video Connection Hearings (PDF) (RTF)


The following Practice Directions take effect from 23 March 2020:

  • Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020 - Electronic filing of documents - cases commenced before 1 January 2020 (PDF 39k) (RTF 63k)
  • Practice Direction No. 2 of 2020 - Opening of the Registry (PDF 10k) (RTF 69k)

     

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.

On 20 March 2020 the Court issued Practice Direction No 2 of 2020 reducing the opening hours of the Registry. The registry will be open to deal with enquiries by phone or email during the restricted hours of 10.00 am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.


Filing Documents Electronically

The Digital Lodgment System Portal (DLS Portal) 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.

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

CONTACT

Contact with the High Court Registry is by email or telephone:

Canberra Registry (for ACT and NT cases)
Email: Canberra.Registry@hcourt.gov.au
Telephone: (02) 6270 6857

Melbourne Registry (for VIC, TAS, SA and WA cases)
Email: Melbourne.Registry@hcourt.gov.au
Telephone: (03) 8600 3000

Sydney Registry (for NSW and QLD cases)
Email: Sydney.Registry@hcourt.gov.au
Telephone: (02) 9230 8369

General enquiries may be directed to (02) 6270 6893.


Access to the High Court building is through the Level 2 entrance at the end of the ceremonial ramp.

The High Court building is open to the public from:

Monday to Friday: 9.45 am to 4.30 pm

Normal Court sitting hours are from:
10.00 am to 12.45 pm and 2.15 pm to 4.15 pm

 

Holiday Closure

The High Court Registries will be closed from 4.00pm on Thursday, 24 December and will re-open on Monday, 4 January 2021.

Any party seeking to file a document between 25 December 2020 and 3 January 2021 has an automatic extension of time under the High Court Rules (Rule 4.01.5) until 4:00pm on Monday, 4 January 2021 to file the document. Any documents lodged between 25 December 2020 and 3 January 2021 will be reviewed on 4 January 2021.

All inquiries for the High Court will need to wait until the registry re-opens on Monday, 4 January 2021.  If a matter is of extreme urgency, such as imminent deportation, you may telephone 02 9230 8000.


The building is closed on public holidays. Admission to the High Court building is free of charge.

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Audio Visual Recordings

Audio-visual recordings of Full Court hearings heard in Canberra are now available.

 

 

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