Skip to content | Skip to document navigation

Research Guides


Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Courts

Image 17: The High Court of Australia, Melbourne. From its inception in 1903, the High Court has settled disputes regarding the interpretation of the Constitution. The Archives holds various records relating to High Court functions in South Australia

Image 17: The High Court of Australia, Melbourne. From its inception in 1903, the High Court has settled disputes regarding the interpretation of the Constitution. The Archives holds various records relating to High Court functions in South Australia
NAA: A6180, 12/10/76/10
Enlarge image - View image gallery

In 1901 the High Court of Australia was established to settle disputes arising out of the Constitution and its interpretation. Over time, other courts and tribunals have been created, such as the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration in 1904, Court of Bankruptcy in 1928, Family Court in 1976, and Federal Court in 1977. The latter two courts maintain offices in Adelaide.

The Federal Court deals with most civil disputes governed by federal law (with the exception of family law matters). The court assumed the responsibilities of the former Australian Industrial Court and Court of Bankruptcy. It also deals with appeals involving administrative law.

The Family Court has jurisdiction to deal with issues involving family law matters, including divorce, adoption and guardianship. For South Australian Family Court records, applications must be made with the registry of the court as the records are not in the Archives' custody.

Selected series relating to courts in South Australia
Canberra
Recorded by: High Court of Australia, Office of the Registry, Adelaide, South Australia
Full court and court case records and cause case records, 1905–73 A10076
Full court and single justice case records, 1974–80 A12919
Cause case records, 1905–30 A10077
Writs of fieri facias ('cause to be done') executions, 1919 A10223
Letter book of outward correspondence, 1903–28 A10786
Sydney
Recorded by: Court Reporting Branch, Adelaide, South Australia
Daily record sheets, 1951–79 D1039
Selected items relating to courts in South Australia
Canberra
Honourable the Attorney-General for South Australia on the relation of the Corporation of the City of Adelaide and the Corporation of the City of Adelaide versus the Municipal Tramways, 1931–32 A10076, 1931/3
Holden's Motor Body Builders Limited versus Pascoe and Company Limited, 1931 A10076, 1931/11
A Raptis and Son versus the State of South Australia – contains map exhibits including admiralty charts and copies of historical records on the establishment of South Australia, 1976 A12919, 16/1976 part 2

TOP OF PAGE

Chapter 12
Law