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Judgment summaries

18 December 2013

Commonwealth Minister for Justice v Adrian Adamas & Anor (PDF 23K) (RTF 482K)

Unions NSW & Ors v State of New South Wales (PDF 20K) (RTF 480K)

Graeme Stephen Reeves v The Queen (PDF 24K) (RTF 480K)

Clark v Macourt (PDF 22K) (RTF 612K)


2013 Judgment summaries

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News Room



The High Court of Australia commenced making available to the public audio-visual recordings of its hearings from the 1st of October, 2013.

For further information, please read the full media release.


Repairs to Forecourt of court building

Major works to rectify structural and safety problems in the High Court of Australia's western forecourt commenced on 22 May 2013. For more information please access the attached project summary.             (PDF 700k) (RTF 52k - pictures removed)

Portfolio Budget Statement (PBS)

Please click on the link below:

2013-14 PBS

2012-13 PBS





    20122013 Annual Report

    (PDF 5.4M) – full report.

Opening Hours

The building is open to the public from:

Monday to Friday: 9.45 am to 4.30 pm
Sunday: midday to 4.00 pm

Normal Court sitting hours are from:
10.15 am to 12.45 pm and 2.15 pm to 4.15 pm

The building is closed on public holidays. Admission to the High Court building is free of charge.

2014 Sittings Calendar (PDF - 240k) (HTML)


Upcoming Events 

Program of Sunday Concerts
Sunday concerts at the Court scheduled for the first and third Sunday of each month in the Great Hall of the High Court at 1.00pm.
The Court is open to the public on weekdays from 9:45am to 4:30pm and open on Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. 
All concerts are free and open to the general public; booking is not required. For consistency all concerts are scheduled to begin at 1:00pm in the Great Hall of the High Court.
Visitors on Sunday can also wander around the building and enter the main courtroom where a Court Guide will explain the history, functions and contemporary role of the High Court.

Sunday 2 February 2014 at 1:00pm: Trumpet Club
Trumpet Club is a non-elite trumpet ensemble made up of professional trumpet players in the Canberra community who love playing a repertoire from four to sixteen trumpets, adding occasionally a timpani or a rhythm section. The sound is anything from huge and powerful to soft and golden, and the styles of music are selections of Classical, Baroque, Jazz, Latin, Folk, 21st century classical, New Orleans, European, and original compositions. Trumpet Club has a fun, versatile and vibrant presence with smiles guaranteed.

Sunday 16 February 2014 at 1:00pm: Tapestries of Sound
Tapestries of Sound perform original and traditional music accompanied by dance, drawing on the richness of Indian classical, Celtic folk and a range of other music and dance cultures. The band will be performing with an all-local line-up for this special concert at the Court featuring Mahesh Radhakrishnan (vocals/guitar/tambura) Nitya Bernard Parker (flute/saxophone), Andrew Purdam (percussion/accordion/bouzouki) and dance by Bharata Natyam dancer Jennifer White. 
"If folk music is an ongoing evolution of traditional forms to reflect contemporary culture then Tapestries of Sound would have to be at the forefront of the Australian scene." - Timber and Steel.

Sunday 2 March 2014 at 1:00pm: Pop-Up Choir Hush Hush, Sing Sing.
The Pop Up choir, under the musical direction of Rachel Hore, aims to change the nature of public space through sound and singing. You might find them popping up in tunnels, churches, foyers, museums, street corners, restaurants, domes and amphitheatres, rotundas and parks; anywhere where there is a space that can be warmed by the human voice.
For this special concert 70 singers are combining to bring you Russian hymns, New Zealand love Ballads and original songs penned by Rachel Hore. All promise to be uplifting, beautiful and fun.
Choir director, Rachel Hore, is well known throughout Australia for her inspired work with choirs and choral communities. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia this year for her services to the choral community.

Sunday 16 March 2014 at 1:00pm: Dante Musica Viva
Members of the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra established the Dante Musica Viva choir in 2005 by for the purpose of promoting Italian language and culture through music. Musical Director, Francesco Sofo, an accomplished musician, leads the choir with passion and vision.
Since its formation, the choir has performed at numerous and varied community and other events including Italy’s national day celebrations, regional association events, the National Folk Festival, the National Multicultural Festival and retirement villages. 
With a wide-ranging repertoire that includes well-known popular songs, folk songs and opera arias, the Dante Musica Viva choir has built a strong following. In 2012 it won the Multicultural Section of the Australian National Eisteddfod for choirs.

Sunday 6 April 2014 at 1:00pm: Andante Andante followed by Shenanigans Barbershop Quartet.
A lifetime love of ABBA music inspired Allison Pyke to found the Andante Andante Choir in 2004. The choir specialises in performing choral arrangements of the music of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Andante Andante performs at community events and private functions. With an emphasis on fun and singing for enjoyment, the choir achieves a polished excellence led by musical director, Thomas Laue.

Sunday 20 April 2014 at 1:00pm: The Night Café
The Night Café comprises Leila Gato flute and vocals, Michael Dalvean guitar and Sinuhe Pacheco congas, timbales and percussion. Their house recipe: take a tango, a salsa and a romantic bolero, add chansons from a French cafe (include a little Piaf), a generous portion of gypsy
swing, much camaraderie, eternal magic, wistful longing, an owl and a pussycat and the ignoring of tomorrow! Savor.

Audio Visual Recordings

Audio-visual recordings of Full Court hearings heard in Canberra are now available.



A short documentary on the High Court of Australia: