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The Administrative and Constitutional Law and Human Rights National Practice Area (NPA) comprises:

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Latest Judgments

  • 23 Feb 2024: Constantinou v Australian Federal Police [2024] FCA 123
    HUMAN RIGHTS - application for leave to make an application under s 46PO(1) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) - where Australian Human Rights Commission terminated applicant's complaint on grounds of delay - where applicant made complaints at least 8 years after alleged conduct occurred - leave refused and application…
    Judge: O'Bryan J
  • 22 Feb 2024: Ogawa v Australian Information Commissioner (No 3) [2024] FCA 135
    PRACTICE & PROCEDURE - where the applicant was ordered to pay the first respondents costs, either as agreed or to be fixed in a lump sum by a Registrar - where the applicant informally applies for the review of a Registrar's costs decision - where the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) provide a procedure to challenge a taxation of costs but not where …
    Judge: Logan J
  • 22 Feb 2024: VDCL v Purcell [2024] FCA 107
    COSTS - leave to discontinue proceedings - costs of discontinued proceeding - discontinuing party liable for costs under r 26.12(7) of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) unless terms of a consent or an order of the Court provide otherwise - where discontinuing party seeks order that each party bear their own costs - whether good reason for Court…
    Judge: Horan 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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