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

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Latest Judgments

  • 18 Jan 2019: Rojas v United States of America [2019] FCA 22
    EXTRADITION - application for review under s 21 of the Extradition Act 1988 (Cth) - whether Court satisfied that requirements of ss 19(2)(b) and 19(2)(c) established - consideration of the dual criminality requirement of s 19(2)(c) - held: application dismissed
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 17 Jan 2019: DHP17 v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCA 15
    MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Circuit Court - whether Court erred in summarily dismissing appeal on show cause basis from Immigration Assessment Authority - whether Applicant had arguable case for jurisdictional error - where Applicant alleged inconsistency between Authority's reliance on country reports
    Judge: Perram J
  • 17 Jan 2019: ALQ17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2019] FCA 16
    MIGRATION - application for extension of time and leave to appeal from Federal Circuit Court - whether Court erred in dismissing appeal from Administrative Appeals Tribunal for non-appearance - where Applicant sought adjournment on day of hearing for medical reasons - where Applicant indicated to Minister that he could appear by telephone
    Judge: Perram 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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