Robing Protocol

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The office hours of the Registry shall be from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Documents must be lodged by 4.00 pm Monday to Friday to be filed on that day, any act done after 4.00 pm on a day shall be taken to have been done on the next day on which the Registry is open.

Robing Protocol

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FULL COURT

Counsel appearing before the Full Court exercising its appellate jurisdiction are to wear what is customarily worn in the Commonwealth court or the Court of Appeal or Court of Criminal Appeal of the Supreme Court from which the appeal (or application for special leave to appeal) has been brought.

For appearances before the Full Court in a matter in the Court’s original jurisdiction, counsel are to wear what is customarily worn in the Court of Appeal or Court of Criminal Appeal of the Supreme Court of the State or Territory in which they most commonly practise.

SINGLE JUSTICE

Counsel are not to robe for hearings of any kind before a single Justice, including any listing before a single Justice of a matter in the Court’s appellate jurisdiction.

COURT OF DISPUTED RETURNS

Counsel are to robe for a hearing, including a directions hearing, before a single Justice of the Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns.

CEREMONIAL SITTINGS

When attending a ceremonial sitting of the Full Court, counsel may wear what is customarily worn for a ceremonial sitting in the Supreme Court of the State or Territory in which they most commonly practise.

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