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The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:

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Latest Judgments


  • 19 Oct 2017: CGD16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 1236
    MIGRATION - appeal from the Federal Circuit Court - decision to refuse a protection (class XA) visa - where Chinese appellants allege fear of persecution or harm if they return to China - where the Administrative Appeals Tribunal found that the claims had been fabricated - no appealable error made out - appeal dismissed.
    Judge: Dowsett Acj
  • 19 Oct 2017: Frugtniet v Secretary, Department of Social Services [2017] FCA 1227
    SOCIAL SECURITY - Application for extension of time to appeal - whether reasonable to extend time in circumstances - no error shown in decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
    Judge: Pagone J
  • 18 Oct 2017: Giza v Secretary, Department of Social Services [2017] FCA 1234
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - Application for leave to appeal from procedural orders - Application for adjournment of application for leave to appeal - insufficient merits of application for leave to appeal - procedural orders from which appeal is sought already complied with
    Judge: Pagone J

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Forms & Rules


The key forms and rules for commencing proceedings are:

Administrative Law:

  • An application for judicial review under ss 39B(1) and (1A) the Judiciary Act:

Forms:

  • Form 69 – Originating application for relief under Section 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903

Rules:

  • An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:

Forms:

  • Form 66 - Originating application for judicial review

Rules:

  • An appeal on a question of law from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal or National Native Title Tribunal:

Forms:

  • Form 75 – Notice of appeal from a tribunal

Rules:

Constitutional Law:

  • An application arising under the Australian Constitution or its interpretation:

Forms:

  • Form 18 – Notice of a constitutional matter under s 78B of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth)

Rules:

Human Rights:

Forms:

  • Form 116 – Originating application under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Form 59 – Affidavit
  • Form 17 – Statement of claim

Rules:

Self-Represented Litigants


If you are starting a matter or a person has started a matter against you and you do not have legal representation and are conducting the matter and acting for yourself then you are called a self-represented litigant.

The Court has developed a number of resources to assist litigants including:

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National Coordinating Judges

  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
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Urgent Applications