Publicly available information released following an FOI access request

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Chief Executive Officer
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
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Sydney NSW 2001

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Date of Access FOI request Information


Any communications, documents, directions, memos, emails (formal or informal) sent from or to the Chief Judge, Principal Registrar/CEO since 30 May 2018 relating to ‘assisting the Parliament’ in its consideration of proposed structural reform to the Federal Courts.

For the purpose of this request:

  • The named positions include personal or executive assistants, staff or associates authorised to send or receive communications on behalf of the named position.

‘Assisting the Parliament’ includes (but is not limited to) communicating or meeting with parliamentarians, making individual or collective submissions to Senate Inquiries and appearing before Senate Inquiries.

Two documents were found to be within the scope of the request.

Email to Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Federal Circuit Court from Committee Secretary of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee dated 28 August 2018

Email from Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar of the Federal Circuit Court to Chief Judge Alstergren copied to National Director, Court and Tribunal Services and Manager Chambers of Chief Judge Alstergren forwarding the above invitation dated 28 August 2018

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