Serving on a Federal Court Jury
Jury service is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that we have as members of the Australian community. Juries are used in all criminal trials in the Federal Court. A jury is made up of people chosen on a random basis from the general community. The jury is responsible for deciding whether or not the accused person is guilty.
This program (link to YouTube) shows how jury service works in the Federal Court.
Duration: 5:06 minutes
Mediation in the Federal Court of Australia
The Federal Court of Australia has a high success rates in mediations.
A mediation is conducted around a table - not in a court room. An independent person - the mediator - helps the parties to identify and assess options so they can negotiate an end to their dispute.
This program (link to YouTube) shows in detail how mediation works and highlights the critical role played by the mediator.
Duration: 31:31 minutes
Electronic Court File: The Quiet Revolution
The Federal Court is again pushing a revolutionary change to how it operates. The Court is transitioning from paper-based to digital court files. An Electronic Court File will ultimately reduce the requirement for paper while providing the information needed in an easily accessible and searchable format. This will mean savings in time while improving case management for litigants, practitioners and the Court. The ECF project is another example of the Court employing technology for the benefit of the Court and its users.
Duration: 4:27 mins | 44.6 MB | December 2013
Archive of judgment summaries
In certain matters of public interest before the Court, it is usual for an explanatory statement or summary to be made.
Judgment summaries are made to assist in understanding the principal conclusions reached by the Court, but are necessarily incomplete. The only authoritative pronouncement of reasons is that contained in the full reasons for judgment. In all cases below, a link to the full text of the full reasons for judgment is provided in addition to the judgment summary.
At 9.15 am on Tuesday 3rd August 1999, the Federal Court of Australia became the first Australian court to broadcast live streaming video and audio of a judgment summary over the Internet. The case was Australian Olympic Committee Inc v Big Fights Inc  FCA 1042.
The Court is keen to continue to improve public access with the use of live streaming video/audio. Further live and archived broadcasts of judgment summaries are posted on this page as they become available.
How to use streaming video/audio
Viewing videos on your computer is only possible if you have video playing software installed. Windows Media Player is one such software program and is free to download. Use the link below to download Windows Media Player.
WARNING: Some of these videos may contain the images of some Aboriginal people who are deceased. Viewing these may cause offence to some people, and the Federal Court apologises for any distress inadvertently caused.
Director of the Fair Work Building Inspectorate v Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union  FCA 82
[3.48 mins | 14 MB ]Video | Judgment and summary | Video transcript
National Rugby League Investments Pty Limited v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd  FCAFC 59
[6.24 mins | 25 MB ]
Singtel Optus Pty Ltd v National Rugby League Investments Pty Ltd (No 2)  FCA 34
[10.24 mins | 33 MB]
Comcare v Commonwealth of Australia  FCA 700
[7.51 mins) | 32 MB]
[8.06 mins | 17 MB]
Wilderness Society Inc. v The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources  FCAFC 175
[5.35 mins | 65 MB]
[1.40 mins | 4 MB]
[video supplied by Sky News]
[32.26 mins | 125 MB]
[26.45 mins | 28 MB]
[9.05 mins | 9.5 MB]
[23.13 mins | 222 MB]
[15.52 mins | 16.5 MB]
Wik Peoples v State of Queensland  FCA 1306
[11.50 mins | 12.3 MB]
McCrea v Minister for Customs & Justice  FCA 1273
[4.30 mins | 4.7 MB]
Nangkiriny v State of Western Australia  FCA 1156
[16.12 mins | 17 MB]
Ferneley v Boxing Authority of New South Wales  FCA 1740
[4.53 min | 3.6 MB
North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service v Bradley  FCA 1728
[10.44 min | 8 MB]
In the matter of Ansett Australia Limited and Mentha  FCA 1439
[10.43 min | 8 MB]
Chapman v Luminis Pty Ltd (No 5)  FCA 1106
[11.14 mins | 9.6 MB]
North Australian Legal Aid Service Inc. v Bradley  FCA 908
[9.11 mins | 7.88 MB]
Australian Industry Group v Automotive Food Metals Engineering Printing and Kindred Industries Union  FCA 708
[6.17 min | 23 MB]