Issue of New Practice Note

Defamation Practice Note (DEF-1)

12 November 2019

The Federal Court of Australia has issued a new practice note, Defamation Practice Note (DEF-1), following consultation with the profession.

Defamation is a Sub area within the Court’s Other Federal Jurisdiction National Practice Area. The Practice Note took effect from 12 November 2019, and to the extent practicable, applies to all defamation proceedings, whether commenced before or after 12 November 2019. The Court will take a flexible and common sense approach to any issues arising from the Practice Note being applied to existing proceedings.

The Practice Note is available on the Court’s website and should be read in conjunction with the Central Practice Note (CPN-1), which sets out key principles of case management, as well as General Practice Notes relevant to practice in defamation proceedings. These include the Expert Evidence Practice Note (GPN-EXPT), Costs Practice Note (GPN-COSTS), Subpoena and Notice to Produce Practice Note (GPN-SUBP), and Access to Documents and Transcripts Practice Note (GPN-ACCS).

Further information

The Court welcomes views in respect of the Defamation Practice Note. Feedback should be provided by email addressed to Rupert Burns, the National Co ordinating Registrar for the Defamation Sub area, at and should include a short summary of the key issues sought to be brought to the Court’s attention and relevant contact details.

If you have any questions about the practice notes or the process please contact your local registry or email