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

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Latest Judgments

  • 23 Jun 2017: Bui v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 714
    MIGRATION - appeal from a decision of the Federal Circuit Court - whether appellant lodged application for review to Tribunal within time limit set by s 347(1)(b) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - where appellant notified of the delegate's decision by notice sent to authorised recipient's email address - where filing of application with the…
    Judge: Reeves J
  • 23 Jun 2017: CSZ15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 706
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - appeal from the decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia dismissing application for judicial review - application for leave to amend the notice of appeal to raise new grounds not before the primary judge - whether the proposed grounds lacked "clear merit"
    Judge: Davies J
  • 23 Jun 2017: APR15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 713
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for an extension of time in which to file a notice of appeal - application for leave to raise new grounds not before the Federal Circuit Court - whether the proposed grounds of appeal have merit - whether there is an adequate explanation for the delay
    Judge: Davies 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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