University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series
Last Updated: 7 May 2012
The Federal Court of Australia's Fast Track
Michael Legg, University of New South
This paper is available for download at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2049227
This paper may be referenced as  UNSWLRS 12.
This paper examines the Fast Track List in the Federal Court of Australia. The review of this specialised procedure is undertaken to illustrate innovative forms of case management that may be employed in relation to civil litigation. The procedures will usually be used within the Fast Track but the considerable discretion given to judges in relation to case management means that the procedures may be utilised in other proceedings as well. A similar adoption of Fast Track procedures is expected. The paper also concludes with a comparison of the Fast Track with the Commercial List in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.