Judiciary Act 1903

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Judiciary Act 1903
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Parliament of Australia
An Act to make provision for the Exercise of the Judicial Power of the Commonwealth
Royal assent25 August 1903
Commenced25 August 1903
Status: Current legislation

The Judiciary Act 1903 regulates the structure of the Australian judicial system and confers jurisdiction on Australian federal courts. It is one of the oldest pieces of Australian federal legislation and has been amended over 70 times.

Amongst other things, the Act regulates the exercise of the jurisdiction of the High Court of Australia, confers jurisdiction on the Federal Court of Australia, provides for the right of barristers and solicitors to practice in federal courts, and establishes the Australian Government Solicitor.

s 78B notices[edit]

Section 78B of the Act requires Australian courts to ensure that the parties give notice to the attorneys-general of the Commonwealth and each state before proceeding with any case involving a "matter arising under the Constitution." The Commonwealth and state governments may then intervene in the case under section 78A of the Act.

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