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Latest Judgments

  • 26 Mar 2020: GPV18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2020] FCA 393
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for leave to appeal - whether substantial injustice would result if leave were refused assuming decision at first instance was wrong - whether decision at first instance was attended with sufficient doubt to justify its reconsideration on appeal - whether primary judge was correct to find that applicant's…
    Judge: Wigney J
  • 26 Mar 2020: BEA15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2020] FCA 392
    MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Circuit Court - whether Court erred in dismissing application for judicial review of decision of Refugee Review Tribunal to refuse to issue protection (Class XA) visa - where Appellant sought protection on basis of links with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, status as a failed refugee, race and religion - where…
    Judge: Perram J
  • 26 Mar 2020: DCC18 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2020] FCA 395
    MIGRATION - application for judicial review of a decision of the Minister not to revoke the cancellation of the applicant's visa under s 501CA(4) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - whether the Minister constructively failed to exercise jurisdiction by failing to have regard to Australia's non-refoulement obligations because the applicant was able…
    Judge: Wheelahan 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


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  • Robertson J
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  • Mortimer J
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