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)

Please click on the link below:

2013-14 PBS

2012-13 PBS





20122013 Annual Report

(PDF 5.4M) – full report

Oral History Podcast

Oral History Podcast of the 40th Anniversary of the High Court Building

An oral history project was commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the building of the High Court in Canberra. It was launched by the Chief Justice on 19 May 2021. The High Court is a unique and architecturally significant building. Its design was the culmination of a national competition and its construction took place between 1976 and 1980. Its interior design, artworks and furnishings were integral to the effort to construct a building for the nation which reflected the significance of the High Court at the apex of the judicial branch of government.

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 counters are closed, we are still working in registries and remotely to provide services and support to practitioners and litigants.
The Sydney and Melbourne Registry staff are currently working remotely.
All enquiries for those Registries should be made by email (not telephone) to either [email protected] or [email protected].


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: N/A

Sydney Registry (for NSW and QLD cases)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: N/A

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

The High Court Registries will be closed from 4.00pm on Friday, 23 December 2022 and will re-open on Tuesday, 3 January 2023.

Any party seeking to file a document between 24 December 2022 and 2 January 2023 has an automatic extension of time under the High Court Rules (Rule 4.01.5) until 4:00pm on Tuesday, 3 January 2023 to file the document. Any documents lodged between 24 December 2022 and 2 January 2023 will be reviewed on 3 January 2023.

All inquiries for the High Court will need to wait until the registry re-opens on Tuesday, 3 January 2023.  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.

2022 Sittings Calendar (PDF)

Music at the Court
View the 2020 music program here.


test PDF

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: