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

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Latest Judgments

  • 10 Dec 2018: EDV17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCA 1980
    MIGRATION - protection visa - application for extension of time within which to appeal - principles applicable to r 36.05 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) - where one draft ground was not raised before the primary judge - where the grounds lack sufficient merit for leave to be granted Held: application dismissed
    Judge: McKerracher J
  • 7 Dec 2018: AOJ18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCAFC 220
    MIGRATION - appeal from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia which dismissed a judicial review application relating to a decision of the Immigration Assessment Authority not to grant a protection visa - whether primary judge erred in failing to find jurisdictional error - consideration of nature and extent of Authority's finding concerning…
    Judge: Griffiths, Gleeson and Colvin JJ
  • 7 Dec 2018: Vidiyala v Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCA 1973
    MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Circuit Court decision dismissing application for review of decision by Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) affirming decision not to grant a student visa - whether Tribunal misconstrued reg 500.212(a), Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) - whether Tribunal was required to consider other primary criteria in reg…
    Judge: Perry 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

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  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
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