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Australia's Federal Courts: Their Origins, Structures and Jurisdiction

40 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2009  

Mary Elizabeth Crock

The University of Sydney Law School

Ronald McCallum

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: June 19, 2009

Abstract

The primary aim of this Paper is to explain for a North American audience the origin, structure, and jurisdictions of Australia's network of federal courts. Together with the companion papers from America and Canada, the goal of this Paper is to set the scene for a more detailed examination of the federal judicial systems in the three countries. Readers will be able to draw out for themselves the similarities and differences between the various regimes. Nevertheless, in trying to capture the essence of the Australian system, mention will be made on occasion of how the Australian approach varies from that taken by the two federations with whom we share so much of our cultural and legal heritage.

Keywords: federal courts, federal judicial system, Australia, Canada, America

JEL Classification: K1, K3

Suggested Citation

Crock, Mary Elizabeth and McCallum, Ronald, Australia's Federal Courts: Their Origins, Structures and Jurisdiction (June 19, 2009). South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 46, pp. 719-757, 1995; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/55. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1422218

Mary Elizabeth Crock (Contact Author)

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The University of Sydney
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Ronald McCallum

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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