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High Court of Australia (1901 - )

From
1901
Australia
Website
http://www.hcourt.gov.au/

Summary

The High Court is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. Established in 1901 by Section 71 of the Constitution, the functions of the High Court are: to interpret and apply the law of Australia; to decide cases of special federal significance including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws and to hear appeals, by special leave, from Federal, State and Territory courts. The High Court has a maximum of seven justices, including a chief justice.

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Role of the High Court', http://www.hcourt.gov.au/about/role-of-the-high-court, accessed online 16 August 2016; 'History of the High Court', High Court of Australia, http://www.hcourt.gov.au/about/history, accessed online 16 August 2016.

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