40th Anniversary of the First Sitting of the Federal Court of Australia

The Archivist's picks - a selection of documents from the Court's collection 

On 7 February 2017, the Federal Court of Australia marks the 40th Anniversary of its first sitting. A ceremonial sitting will be held at the Court to acknowledge the occasion. The anniversary provides an opportunity to consider the formation of the Court and reflect on its evolution over the last 40 years.

Legislation and Parliamentary Papers

Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

Parliamentary papers such as Bills, Acts, Hansard, committee reports, proceedings and debates relating to the creation of the Federal Court of Australia



Video and photographs of the Court's first sittings and early years.




Articles, reflections and essays on the creation of the Court and its history



Court Documents

Early judgments and practice notes of the Court, first sitting transcript and order of proceedings, first judge's meeting agenda and minutes