High Court

Senators

A number of parliamentarians could find their position compromised if the High Court gives a wide operation to what it means to have an 'indirect pecuniary interest', writes George Williams.

senate

If a High Court challenge to Australia's new rules for electing senators succeeds, it will have the impact of a sledgehammer on the 2016 election, writes George Williams.

Merrick Garland

US Supreme Court appointments are infected with the bitter partisanship that pervades US politics while Australian Chief Justice Robert French's impending departure has excited barely a murmur.

Rosalind Dixon

Debate about the kinds of judges we want on on our highest courts, their values and how they are appointed, is valuable for democracy, writes Rosalind Dixon.

dissent

Dissent on the bench of Australia's highest court was at a record low in 2015, according to an annual study of the High Court's decisions. 

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This week's High Court judgment on the legality of offshore detention on Nauru has been reported as a “win” for the government. However, things may not be that clear-cut, writes Madeline Gleeson.

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The High Court's comprehensive rejection of a challenge to Australia’s offshore processing regime in Nauru means our future treatment of asylum seekers will be governed by the politics of the day, writes George Williams.

Law, scales

Australia’s method of appointing judges to its highest courts is opaque and informal, writes Andrew Lynch.

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The High Court says ICAC had no power to investigate Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, an important decision that is likely to have a bearing on other ICAC investigations, writes Gabrielle Appleby.

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The High Court’s approach to decision-making has reflected high levels of agreement between its members, with an increase in unanimous decisions in 2014, an annual study of the court’s decisions has found.

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