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HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA ACT 1979 - NOTES

No. 137, 1979

Compilation No. 15

Compilation date:                              21 October 2016

Includes amendments up to:            Act No. 61, 2016

Registered:                                         24 October 2016

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the High Court of Australia Act 1979 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 21 October 2016 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

Part I--Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Repeal................................................................................................. 1

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

4A......... Application of the Criminal Code....................................................... 3

Part II--Constitution and seat of the High Court                                             4

Division 1--Justices of the High Court                                                               4

5............ The High Court................................................................................... 4

6............ Consultation with State Attorneys-General on appointment of Justices 4

7............ Qualification of Justices...................................................................... 4

8............ Seniority.............................................................................................. 4

9............ Acting Chief Justice............................................................................ 5

10.......... Justices not to hold other office........................................................... 5

11.......... Oath or affirmation of allegiance and of office.................................... 5

12.......... Salary and allowances......................................................................... 5

13.......... Appropriation..................................................................................... 6

Division 2--Seat of the High Court                                                                      7

14.......... Seat..................................................................................................... 7

15.......... Places of sittings................................................................................. 7

16.......... Judgment may be pronounced at any sitting........................................ 7

Part III--Administration of the High Court                                                         8

17.......... Administration of the Court................................................................ 8

18.......... Chief Executive and Principal Registrar of the Court.......................... 9

19.......... Functions and powers of the Chief Executive and Principal Registrar 9

20.......... Terms and conditions of appointment............................................... 10

21.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 10

22.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 10

23.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 11

24.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 11

25.......... Acting Chief Executive and Principal Registrar................................ 11

26.......... Officers and employees..................................................................... 13

27.......... Marshal and Deputy Marshals.......................................................... 13

28.......... Certain officers may administer oaths and affirmations..................... 14

Part IV--Registry and procedure                                                                             15

30.......... Registry............................................................................................. 15

31.......... Transfer of proceedings.................................................................... 16

32.......... Seals.................................................................................................. 16

33.......... Writs etc............................................................................................ 17

34.......... Date of process................................................................................. 17

Part V--Finance                                                                                                                   18

35.......... Moneys appropriated for the Court................................................... 18

36.......... Estimates........................................................................................... 18

37.......... Application of moneys appropriated for the Court............................ 18

38.......... Trust moneys.................................................................................... 19

39.......... Other moneys.................................................................................... 19

40.......... Limitation on contracts...................................................................... 19

41.......... Accounts with ADIs......................................................................... 20

42.......... Proper accounts to be kept................................................................ 20

43.......... Audit................................................................................................. 20

44.......... Exemption from taxation................................................................... 21

Part VI--Miscellaneous                                                                                                    22

45.......... Proceedings in respect of administration of the Court....................... 22

46.......... Exercise of powers of the Court in administrative matters................ 22

47.......... Annual reports and financial statements............................................ 23

48.......... Rules of Court................................................................................... 23

49.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 24

Schedule                                                                                                                                 25

Endnotes                                                                                                                                    26

Endnote 1--About the endnotes                                                                            26

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key                                                                                28

Endnote 3--Legislation history                                                                             29

Endnote 4--Amendment history                                                                           33


To make provision with respect to the High Court of Australia

  

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

Abbreviation key--Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history--Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation "(md)" added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation "(md not incorp)" is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub-subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev ... ) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub-Ch = Sub-Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3--Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

High Court of Australia Act 1979

137, 1979

23 Nov 1979

21 Apr 1980 (s 2 and gaz 1980, No S82)
s 14--The date fixed by Proclamation was 1 Sept 1980 (gaz 1980, No S193)

 

Public Service Reform Act 1984

63, 1984

25 June 1984

s 151(1), (9): 1 July 1984 s 2(4) and (gaz 1984, No S245)

s 151(9)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985

65, 1985

5 June 1985

Sch 1: 3 July 1985 (s 2(1))

--

Statutory Instruments (Tabling and Disallowance) Legislation Amendment Act 1988

99, 1988

2 Dec 1988

Sch: 2 Dec 1988 (s 2)

--

Lands Acquisition (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 1989

21, 1989

20 Apr 1989

Sch 2: 9 June 1989 (s 2)

--

Courts and Tribunals Administration Amendment Act 1989

157, 1989

5 Dec 1989

s 17, 18: 5 Dec 1989 (s 2(1))

--

Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 1991

122, 1991

27 June 1991

s 31: 10 Dec 1991 (s 2(3) and gaz 1991, No S332)

s 31(2)

Prime Minister and Cabinet Legislation Amendment Act 1991

199, 1991

18 Dec 1991

Sch 2: 18 Dec 1991 (s 2)

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1993

13, 1994

18 Jan 1994

s 27-34: 11 Apr 1994 (s 2 (3) and gaz 1994, No S126)

s 34

Statute Law Revision Act 1996

43, 1996

25 Oct 1996

Sch 4 (items 87, 88) and Sch 5 (items 72-74): 25 Oct 1996 (s 2(1))

--

Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996

60, 1996

25 Nov 1996

Sch 16 (item 29): 25 May 1997 (s 2(3))

--

Financial Sector Reform (Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1999

44, 1999

17 June 1999

Sch 6 (items 21-24) and Sch 8 (item 21): 17 June 1999 (s 3(1))

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 1999

125, 1999

13 Oct 1999

Sch 8: 13 Oct 1999 (s 2(1))

--

Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999

146, 1999

11 Nov 1999

Sch 1 (items 511-514): 5 Dec 1999 (s 2(1), (2))

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001

24, 2001

6 Apr 2001

s 4(1), (2) and Sch 31: 24 May 2001 (s 2(1)(a))

s 4(1) and (2)

Abolition of Compulsory Age Retirement (Statutory Officeholders) Act 2001

159, 2001

1 Oct 2001

Sch 1 (items 62, 97): 29 Oct 2001 (s 2(1))

Sch 1 (item 97)

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2005

8, 2005

22 Feb 2005

Sch 2 (items 125-129, 174): 22 Feb 2005 (s 2(1) item 12)

Sch 2 (item 174)

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 9 (items 159, 160) and Sch 14: 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) items 6, 14)

Sch 14

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2015

36, 2015

13 Apr 2015

Sch 2 (items 7-9) and Sch 7: 14 Apr 2015 (s 2)

Sch 7

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 486): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 495): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015

10, 2015

5 Mar 2015

Sch 3 (items 219, 220, 348, 349): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 3 (items 348, 349)

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2016

4, 2016

11 Feb 2016

Sch 4 (items 1, 184): 10 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 6)

--

Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory Local Court) Act 2016

26, 2016

23 Mar 2016

Sch 1 (items 22, 34, 35): 1 May 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 1 (items 34, 35)

Statute Update Act 2016

61, 2016

23 Sept 2016

Sch 1 (items 273, 274): 21 Oct 2016 (s 2(1) item 1)

--

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part I

 

s 4........................................

am No. 13, 1994; No. 44, 1999; No. 8, 2005; No 62, 2014

s 4A.....................................

ad No. 24, 2001

Part II

 

Division 1

 

s 7........................................

am No 43, 1996; No 26, 2016

s 9........................................

am No. 43, 1996

s 11......................................

am No. 43, 1996

Part III

 

s 17......................................

am No. 21, 1989

s 18......................................

am No. 13, 1994

s 19......................................

am No. 99, 1988; No. 13, 1994; No. 43, 1996; No. 24, 2001; No 10, 2015; No 4, 2016; No 61, 2016

s 20......................................

am No. 199, 1991; No. 13, 1994; No. 43, 1996; No. 159, 2001

s 21......................................

am No. 13, 1994; No. 43, 1996

s 22......................................

rs No. 122, 1991

 

am No. 13, 1994; No. 146, 1999

s 23......................................

am No. 13, 1994; No. 43, 1996

s 24......................................

am No. 122, 1991; No. 13, 1994; No. 43, 1996

s 25......................................

am No. 13, 1994; No. 43, 1996; No. 146, 1999

s 26......................................

am No. 63, 1984; No. 199, 1991; No. 13, 1994; No. 146, 1999

s 27......................................

am No. 43, 1996

s 28......................................

am No. 13, 1994

s 29......................................

rep No. 65, 1985

Part IV

 

s 30......................................

am No. 13, 1994; No. 60, 1996

s 33......................................

am No. 13, 1994

Part V

 

s 35......................................

am No. 8, 2005

s 39......................................

am No. 44, 1999; No. 8, 2005; No 62, 2014

s 40......................................

am No. 157, 1989

s 41......................................

am No. 13, 1994; No. 44, 1999

s 43......................................

am No. 43, 1996; No. 24, 2001; No 4, 2016; No 61, 2016

Part VI

 

s 45......................................

am No. 13, 1994

s 47......................................

am No. 43, 1996; No. 8, 2005

s 49......................................

ad No. 125, 1999


 



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