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

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Latest Judgments

  • 17 Jun 2019: Commonwealth of Australia v Snell (No 2) [2019] FCAFC 97
    COSTS - where respondent in late stages of terminal cancer - where appeal allowed but certain grounds unsuccessful - where no apparent need for second interlocutory application - exercise of discretion to reach just and appropriate outcome - granting of opportunity for appellant to vary or discharge the order - granting of costs certificate to…
    Judge: Allsop, Reeves and Derrington JJ
  • 17 Jun 2019: BHL19 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs [2019] FCA 929
    MIGRATION - judicial review of Minister's decision under s 501(1) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) to refuse to grant the applicant a Temporary Protection (subclass 785) visa on character grounds - where Minister not satisfied applicant passed character test by reasons of s 501(6)(d)(v) - whether decision affected by jurisdictional error - whether…
    Judge: Thawley J
  • 14 Jun 2019: CPU18 v Minister for Home Affairs [2019] FCA 922
    MIGRATION - appeal from a judgment of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia - whether the primary judge erred in concluding that the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) had engaged appropriately with the requirements of s 473DD of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - where new information was provided to the IAA - appeal dismissed
    Judge: Reeves 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


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  • Robertson J
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