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Latest Judgments

  • 23 Aug 2019: CZO18 v Minister for Home Affairs (No 2) [2019] FCA 1360
    MIGRATION - consideration of an appeal listed for hearing as a result of a grant of an extension of time within which to file the appeal - consideration of the appeal by a single judge of this Court exercising the appellate jurisdiction - consideration of the appeal by the judge who heard the application for an extension of time - the reasons for…
    Judge: Greenwood J
  • 23 Aug 2019: CHJK v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCA 1330
    MIGRATION - failure to consider an international treaties obligations assessment - failure made out by absence of any reference in reasons to the assessment and an absence of any findings made as to the assessment
    Judge: Flick J
  • 23 Aug 2019: AVC15 v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCA 1356
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for extension of time to appeal - where Minister brought issue of certificate under s 438 of Migration Act 1958 (Cth) to attention of primary judge - where certificate admittedly invalid - where applicant claimed to have been denied opportunity to be heard on whether earlier disclosure of certificate could have …
    Judge: Katzmann 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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