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

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Latest Judgments

  • 14 Dec 2018: ESD17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 1716
    MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Circuit Court - refusal to grant Protection Visa - where appellant was a victim of sexual abuse and assault as a child in Iraq - where appellant claimed to fear harm from general community and his family as person homosexually abused or as an imputed homosexual - where Authority found that abuse would not become…
    Judge: Rangiah J
  • 14 Dec 2018: DQU16 v Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCA 1695
    MIGRATION - application for extension of time to appeal - refusal of temporary protection visa - no reasonable explanation for delay - whether arguable case that Immigration Assessment Authority erred by finding that complementary protection criterion not satisfied because applicant could modify behaviour to avoid harm - extension of time granted
    Judge: Rangiah J
  • 14 Dec 2018: Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v CLY15 [2018] FCA 2013
    MIGRATION - appeal from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia - where there was a s 438 certificate issued - where the material the subject of the certificate was disclosed in an FOI release - where the primary judge found jurisdictional error in relation to the Tribunal's non-disclosure of the certificate MIGRATION - s 438 of the Migration Act…
    Judge: McKerracher 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:


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


  • An application for judicial review under the ADJR Act:


  • Form 66 - Originating application for judicial review


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


  • Form 75 – Notice of appeal from a tribunal


Constitutional Law:

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


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


Human Rights:


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


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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  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
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