Full Court Minute Books

Case S211/2020

Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v. Shi

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

04/06/2020 Federal Court of Australia (Davies, Lee & Stewart JJ)

[2020] FCAFC 100


Evidence – Exceptions to privilege against self-incrimination – Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) s 128A – Where applicant commenced proceedings against respondent and two others seeking satisfaction of tax liabilities – Where applicant sought freezing orders with respect to respondent’s assets – Where Federal Court made ex parte freezing orders in relation to respondent’s worldwide assets – Where respondent also ordered to file and serve affidavit disclosing his worldwide assets – Where respondent filed two affidavits, one which was served on applicant, and one which was delivered to Federal Court in sealed envelope – Where respondent claimed privilege against self-incrimination in respect of second affidavit, invoking s 128A – Where prior to hearing of privilege claim, judgment entered for applicant in sum of $42,297,437.65 – Where primary judge accepted there were reasonable grounds for respondent’s claim for privilege against self-incrimination, but considered not in interests of justice that certificate be granted pursuant to s 128A(7), with consequence that applicant did not get access to second affidavit – Where majority of Full Court of Federal Court held that primary judge had erred in certain respects, but dismissed appeal – Whether availability of mechanism to compulsorily examine respondent as judgment debtor relevant to determining whether it was in interests of justice to grant s 128A certificate – Whether risk of derivative use of privileged information in event that s 128A certificate was granted should have been taken into account when determining whether it was in interests of justice to grant certificate.


11/11/2020 Hearing (SLA, Canberra)

24/11/2020 Notice of appeal

11/01/2021 Written submissions (Appellant)

11/01/2021 Chronology (Appellant)

08/02/2021 Written submissions (Respondent)

01/03/2021 Reply

14/04/2021 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

14/04/2021 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

14/04/2021 Outline of oral argument (Respondent)

04/08/2021 Judgment (Judgment summary)