1. When citing a judgment to the Federal Circuit Court, the neutral citation for the judgment must be provided, if the judgment has such a citation. Other citations for the judgment may be provided in addition. If the judgment is included in a series of authorised reports, the authorised report citation should be provided as an additional citation.
  2. Where a judgment is by the Federal Circuit Court, any copy provided to the Federal Circuit Court may be a copy of:
    1. The version of the judgment available from AustLII in the ‘Signed by AustLII’ format.

    2. A version of the judgment published in a series of law reports by a commercial publisher or a council of law reporting.
    3. Versions from other sources and in such other formats as the Federal Circuit Court decides to accept.
  3. Where a judgment is by any other Court or Tribunal, any copy provided to the Federal Circuit Court may be a copy of:
    1. The version of the judgment available from AustLII in the ‘Signed by AustLII’ format.

    2. A version of the judgment published in a series of law reports by a commercial publisher or a council of law reporting.
    3. Versions from other sources and in such other formats as the Federal Circuit Court decides to accept.
  4. When providing a copy of a judgment to the Federal Circuit Court, parties are required to check that the copy provided has not been replaced by any more recent copy of the judgment. This may be achieved by use of the updating facility provided in electronic copies of the ‘Signed by AustLII’ judgments, or by equivalent means
  5. The decisions of the Federal Circuit Court (formerly the Federal Magistrates Court) as published on AustLII are authenticated reports of the decisions of the Court and may be relied upon as such.

Explanatory Notes:

  1. By ‘neutral citation’ is meant a citation in the style adopted by Australian courts and tribunals since 1998.
  2. Citations should be as in this example, for a hypothetical 5th decision made by the High Court in 2015, subsequently published in the authorised reports, and in other reports:

    Smith v Jones [2015] HCA 5; (2016) 245 CLR 532; (2015) 101 ALJR 454

    where HCA is the agreed designator for ‘High Court of Australia.

J PASCOE
Chief Judge