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Richard Edward O'Connor

(1851—1912)

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Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin  

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(1856–1919)Australian statesman and three times prime minister (1903–04; 1905–08; 1909–10), who played a major role in the early development of the Commonwealth.Born and educated in Melbourne, the ...
Appointments that might have been

Appointments that might have been  

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Many have been considered for—even promised—appointment to the High Court, but not appointed. Who some of the candidates were, and why they were not appointed, reveals the influence on the ...
Artworks of Court

Artworks of Court  

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From its opening in May 1980, the High Court building has been the home of a significant number of original artworks representing notable figures, and aspects of the Australian Commonwealth. ...
associate

associate  

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Among other meanings of the term, an associate is an officer of the higher courts of common law in England, whose duties include superintending the entering of causes, receiving and ...
attorney-General

attorney-General  

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The principal law officer of the Crown. The Attorney General is usually a Member of Parliament of the ruling party and holds ministerial office, although he is not normally a member of the Cabinet. ...
Business of Court

Business of Court  

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The business of the High Court has evolved significantly over time, reflecting Australia's development as a nation and its social, political and economic changes. The growth and change in the ...
Chief Executive and Principal Registrar

Chief Executive and Principal Registrar  

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The Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) provided for the appointment of a Principal Registrar to be located at the Principal Registry of the High Court, with a District Registrar at every ...
conciliation

conciliation  

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N.1 (in civil disputes) See ACAS; alternative dispute resolution.2 A procedure of peaceful settlement of international disputes. The matter of dispute is referred to a standing or ad hoc commission ...
Conferences

Conferences  

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After a hearing has ended and judgment has been reserved, the practices of collegiate courts vary widely. The High Court, unlike the United States Supreme Court, has had no regular ...
constitutional law

constitutional law  

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One of the eleven core subjects a law student must pass to qualify as a candidate for admission to practise law. See Priestley eleven.Constitutional law is a public law ...
counsel

counsel  

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(noun, singular)In legal practice, traditionally a barrister who appears and speaks in court on behalf of a client. The barrister is the legal practitioner who settles (checks and finalises) ...
Dissenting judgments

Dissenting judgments  

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A dissenting judgment is one delivered by a Justice who disagrees with the majority as to the final order resolving the litigants' dispute. There is a tendency, however, to describe ...
Engineers Case

Engineers Case  

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Of 1920 marked an important shift in the judicial interpretation of the Commonwealth Constitution and significantly enlarged the powers of the federal government. The High Court was asked to ...
Establishment of Court

Establishment of Court  

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The primitive court arrangements brought to Australia on British settlement included avenues of appeals, in the modern sense, from early quasi-judicial officers to the colonial Governor and thence to ...
Foreign precedents

Foreign precedents  

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The High Court regularly cites cases from England, the USA, Canada and NZ, and occasionally from other common law countries. The Court rarely cites cases from non‐common law countries. It ...
Form and substance

Form and substance  

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The word ‘substance’ is a philosophical term with a long history, generally used to denote the basic feature or features of reality. Aristotle defined substance as that which possesses attributes ...
Framers of the Constitution

Framers of the Constitution  

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The processes by which the Australian Constitution came into being were protracted and complex. The Constitution was framed, in the form of a Bill, over a nine‐year period. Its first ...
Griffith Court

Griffith Court  

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(5 October 1903 to 17 October 1919).The challenges that faced the High Court upon its establishment in 1903 were many and varied and, in all probability, more troublesome than ...
Henry Bournes Higgins

Henry Bournes Higgins  

(1851–1929),born Ireland, came to Australia in 1870 and graduated from the University of Melbourne with degrees in arts and law in 1875. In 1901 he entered the first Commonwealth ...
Herbert Vere Evatt

Herbert Vere Evatt  

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(b. 30 Apr. 1894, d. 2 Nov. 1965).Australian Labor leader 1951–60 Born in East Maitland (New South Wales), Evatt taught at the University of Sydney before developing a law practice that specialized ...

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