About this NPA
The Other Federal Jurisdiction National Practice Area (NPA) encompasses cases that do not readily fit into any of the Court’s eight subject-matter NPAs.
Jurisdiction of the Court
The jurisdiction of the Court is described in the About Us section of the website. See further, the Resources section below.
The relationship between the eight subject-matter NPAs and the Other Federal Jurisdiction NPA
The eight subject-matter NPAs do not exhaust the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Australia. They are the main bodies of work of the Court. Many other matters may, however, be brought in the Court that do not conveniently fit into these NPAs.
This NPA is designed to encompass cases that do not readily fit into any of the other existing NPAs. For instance, cases may arise under a law of the parliament (s 39B(1A)(c)) of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) or otherwise in federal jurisdiction that is conferred on the Court such as cases that are in substance negligence claims for damages (such as under legislation governing civil aviation), or defamation, or cases involving the Court acting as a Court of disputed returns. This list is not by any means exhaustive. If the Court has jurisdiction but the matter does not fall within one of the eight NPAs, the matter will be managed within this NPA.
Allocation of matters in this NPA
Under this NPA, depending on the specialised nature of the subject matter, an allocation will be made under the existing protocols for allocation.
The Court will ensure that the judge allocated to manage a case falling within this NPA has particular expertise in the underlying areas of law in the subject of the proceeding.
Illustrative areas of law in this NPA
By way of illustration, some of the following types of claims are likely to fall within this NPA:
- Negligence: such as a claim based in common law negligence against the operator of an offshore petroleum project, seeking compensation for losses caused by environmental damage.
- Defamation: such as a matter concerning a story broadcast on television and an article published in print and online that was alleged to contain defamatory imputations.
- Civil Aviation: such as a claim for damages (alleged assault) made against an airline company under Article 21(1) of the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air 1999 and s 9E of the Civil Aviation (Carrier’s Liability) Act 1959 (Cth).
- Election-related disputes: such as a petition disputing the validity of an election or return - to be heard by the Federal Court as the ‘Court of Disputed Returns’, having such jurisdiction as referred by the High Court, under s 354 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth).
- 11 Apr 2019:
Rush v Nationwide News Pty Ltd (No 7)  FCA 496
DEFAMATION - where numerous defamatory imputations alleged - consideration of whether the alleged imputations were conveyed by the publications - consideration of principles of "ordinary reasonable person" and "natural and ordinary" meaning - consideration of whether publications conveyed guilt - consideration of whether publications contained…
Judge: Wigney J
- 29 Mar 2019:
Crocker, in the matter of Crocker  FCA 432
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - vexatious proceedings order - application for leave to commence proceeding otherwise barred by vexatious proceedings order - where prospective applicant did not strictly comply with the requirements of s 37AR(3) of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) - where prospective applicant alleges fraud against proposed…
Judge: Logan J
- 22 Mar 2019:
Shields v Williams  FCA 413
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for transfer of defamation proceedings from Federal Court to Supreme Court of Queensland - where both parties consent
Judge: Derrington J
- 21 Mar 2019:
Hanson-Young v Leyonhjelm (No 2)  FCA 393
PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application pursuant to r 21.01 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) for an order that the Applicant provide written answers to interrogatories - whether such an order is necessary for the fair disposition of the proceeding or to save costs - application refused. PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application by interlocutory…
Judge: White J
- 22 Feb 2019:
Chau v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd  FCA 185
DEFAMATION - whether article conveyed alleged defamatory imputations - whether business, personal and professional reputation of applicant had been brought into public disrepute, odium, ridicule and contempt as a result of publication of those defamatory imputations - where damages and aggravated damages sought - where alleged imputations denied - …
Judge: Wigney J
Due to the nature of this NPA, the Court, at this time, does not intend to issue a practice note. A practice note or further guiding information will be published on this website as and when needed.
However, parties should always be familiar with the guiding case management principles in the Central Practice Note (CPN-1).
To the extent relevant, parties should also be familiar with the general practice notes of the Court, including:
Forms, Rules & Fees
Due to the potentially broad range of actions relevant to this NPA it is impractical to provide an exhaustive list of forms and rules. However, below are some of the potentially relevant forms and rules for some proceedings commenced in this NPA:
Parties should consider whether it is necessary to file a Genuine Steps Statement (Form 16) in certain proceedings in this NPA – see r 8.02 of the Federal Court Rules and the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 (Cth) (including sections 6, 7 and 16).
Filing fees for commencing a proceeding in this NPA may apply. Information about Court fees, including the fees payable and circumstances where an exemption or deferral can be given is available in Forms, Fees & Costs or from the Registry.
The following resources may be of assistance in the respect of the subject of the jurisdiction of the Federal Court:
- An introduction to the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Australia by Justice James Allsop
- Lindgren, K.E., Hanks, P. and Branson, C. M., Federal civil litigation precedents (LexisNexis)
- Cowen and Zines’s federal jurisdiction in Australia, Lindell, G. J (The Federation Press)
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