Digital Lodgment System

Judgment summaries


2 September 2015

Fuller-Lyons by his Tutor Nita Lyons v State of New South Wales (PDF 250K) (RTF 608K)

Astrazeneca AB & Anor v Apotex Pty Ltd; Astrazeneca AB & Anor v Watson Pharma Pty Ltd; Astrazeneca AB & Anor v Ascent Pharma Pty Ltd (PDF 295K) (RTF 625K)


2014 Judgment summaries

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News Room

High Court Public Lecture 2015
Magna Carta and the Development of the Common Law
13 May 2015 - 6pm, High Court of Australia, Courtroom 1
(PDF 583K)
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Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS)

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20122013 Annual Report

(PDF 5.4M) – full report

Opening Hours

Video Connection Hearings - PROTOCOL

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

The following Practice Direction takes effect from 8 February 2021:

  • Practice Direction No. 1 of 2021 – Opening of the Registry (PDF 10k)

While the Registry counters remain closed, we are still providing services and support to practitioners and litigants via phone and other online services.


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

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 with the High Court Registry is by email or telephone:

Canberra Registry (for ACT and NT cases)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (02) 6270 6857

Melbourne Registry (for VIC, TAS, SA and WA cases)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (03) 8600 3000

Sydney Registry (for NSW and QLD cases)
Email: [email protected]
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.

2020 Sittings Calendar (PDF) (HTML)
2021 Sittings Calendar (PDF)

Music at the Court
View the 2020 music program here.

Audio Visual Recordings

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


A short documentary on the High Court of Australia: