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Latest Judgments

  • 16 May 2022: Ferdinands v Registrar Cridland [2022] FCAFC 80
    ADMINISTRATIVE LAW -- concurrent appeals - appellant lodging documents for filing - Registrars rejecting the documents under r 2.26 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - primary judge dismissing applications for judicial review of the Registrars' decisions --primary judge concluding that the Registrars did not err in characterising the documents …
    Judge: Charlesworth, Burley and Cheeseman JJ
  • 16 May 2022: Bethell v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2022] FCAFC 83
    MIGRATION - appeal from decision of primary judge dismissing Mr Bethell's application for habeas corpus -unlawful non-citizen - detention pending removal from Australia - where s 189 of Migration Act 1958 (Cth) requires unlawful non-citizen be detained - where s 196 requires unlawful non-citizen detained under s 189 be kept in immigration…
    Judge: Bromwich, Lee and Stewart JJ
  • 16 May 2022: QDQY v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs [2022] FCAFC 82
    MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Court of Australia dismissing application for judicial review of decision of Administrative Appeals Tribunal to affirm delegate's decision not to revoke mandatory cancellation of visa pursuant to s 501(3A) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - whether Tribunal failed to actively consider appellant's representations -…
    Judge: Sc Derrington, O'Bryan and Abraham JJ

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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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