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About this NPA

The Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA is comprised of the following:

  • Summary prosecutions
  • Prosecutions on indictment
  • Criminal appeals
  • Bail applications and empaneling juries for Criminal Cartel Trials
  • Civil proceedings related to confiscating assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) where the Federal Court is conferred with a criminal jurisdiction.

More about the Court’s criminal and related jurisdiction

The Federal Court has:

Allocation of matters in this NPA

The Court has judges experienced in managing crime-related cases, including criminal appeals, and registrars experienced in the practice and procedure of criminal prosecutions to assist the judges with the case management of such matters.

While any crime-related case is likely to be managed by the Court within this NPA, the Court will ensure that the judge allocated to manage the case has expertise in the underlying area of law the subject of the proceeding - for example, competition and consumer law or intellectual property law.


  • 3 Aug 2017: Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions v Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha [2017] FCA 876
    CRIMINAL LAW - sentencing - cartel conduct - giving effect to a cartel provision - where offender is a corporation - where offender pleaded guilty - rolled up offence - appropriate pecuniary penalty - where offender provided bulk shipping services of "roll on, roll off" cargo to Australia
    Judge: Wigney J
  • 8 May 2015: Sage, an examiner appointed under s 46B of the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 v ZZ (No 2) [2015] FCA 450
    SENTENCING - contempt of the Australian Crime Commission punishable as contempt of Federal Court - where examination of contemnor concerned matters relating to national and international security - where contemnor found guilty of contempt for giving evidence to examiner that he knew to be false in a material particular - where contemnor fails to… 234 FCR 251
    Judge: Rares J
  • 17 Dec 2014: Ly v The Queen [2014] FCAFC 175
    COPYRIGHT - offence under s 132AJ(1) of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) – possession of infringing DVDs with the intention of selling – penalty imposed. TRADE MARK – offence under s 148(1) of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) – exposure of goods for sale without the permission of the registered owner of the trade marks applied – penalty imposed.… 110 IPR 1; 227 FCR 304
    Judge: Kenny, Bennett and Wigney JJ

Speeches & Papers

Practice Notes

The Federal Crime and Related Proceedings Practice Note (CRIME-1) issued by the Court on 15 May 2017, sets out the arrangements for the management of proceedings in the Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA.

Other practice notes which may be relevant to this NPA include:

Forms & Rules

The Federal Court (Criminal Proceedings) Rules 2016 (Cth) (Criminal Proceedings Rules) commenced on 10 November 2016, replacing the Federal Court (Criminal Proceedings) (Interim) Rules 2016 (Cth) (Interim Rules) which were previously promulgated. The Interim Rules and interim forms continue to apply for 6 months on a transitional basis for prosecutions commenced before 10 November 2016.

Under the Criminal Proceedings Rules, new forms have been approved for use in proceedings in the Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA . 

Parties and practitioners should also be familiar, where relevant, with:


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