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

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Latest Judgments

  • 27 Mar 2017: Waters v Commonwealth of Australia (Australian Taxation Office) [2017] FCA 312
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for recusal on the ground of apprehended bias - application dismissed with costs - application for variation of security for costs order - whether material changes of circumstances since the security for costs order was made - application dismissed with costs - application to disqualify respondent from filing…
    Judge: Griffiths J
  • 24 Mar 2017: Singh v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 304
    MIGRATION - skilled visa - where Tribunal found that appellant did not meet public interest criteria - whether jurisdictional error by Tribunal - jurisdictional error not established
    Judge: Moshinsky J
  • 24 Mar 2017: Mekonen v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] FCA 309
    MIGRATION - appeal from Federal Circuit Court of Australia - application in that Court for judicial review of decision of former Migration Review Tribunal (Tribunal) - whether the Tribunal denied the appellant procedural fairness - whether the Tribunal engaged in an improper exercise of power - whether the Tribunal should have confined itself to…
    Judge: Robertson 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:

Interpreters & Translators

The Australian Government's Translating and Interpreting Service can supply telephone or on-site interpreting.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is accessible from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call by telephoning 131 450. 

NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

  • Robertson J
  • Griffiths J
  • Mortimer J
NPA Judges

Urgent Applications