The High Court's Agenda: More Interesting than it First Appears

34 Pages Posted: 4 May 2010

Date Written: April 16, 2010

Abstract

At first glance, the High Court of Australia’s agenda looks relatively dull. It reports few cases, and only a small proportion of these cases are what American legal observers might consider interesting. Under the surface, however, hides an active docket of cases that drive policy innovation and reflect social change. By examining the many layers of the High Court’s docket in terms of its institutional context, this paper shows that the High Court’s agenda is far more interesting than it first appears. The Court is much busier than its reported decisions indicate and, because of the nature of the Australian Constitution and the High Court’s institutional design, the foundationally important cases are tucked in amongst cases dealing with government regulation, non-constitutional criminal cases and even torts.

Keywords: High Court of Australia, agenda, workload

Suggested Citation

Gill, Rebecca D., The High Court's Agenda: More Interesting than it First Appears (April 16, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1599823 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1599823

Rebecca D. Gill (Contact Author)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas ( email )

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. Box 455029
Las Vegas, NV NV 89154
United States
7028952525 (Phone)
7028951065 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.rebeccagill.net

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
64
Abstract Views
595
rank
345,619
PlumX Metrics