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High Court of Australia
See the High Court in action
The High Court of Australia is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. Tours of the building bring to life the powerful history and contemporary function of the High Court in upholding Australia’s democracy.
Tours take students into courtrooms where the High Court interprets and applies the law of Australia and where cases of national significance are heard, including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws. During sitting weeks students may view barristers presenting their arguments before the Justices and observe Court etiquette as they watch a case unfold.
In the Australian Constitution Centre Exhibition, students discover the importance and relevance of the Australian Constitution. The Centre, created in collaboration with the Constitutional Education Fund of Australia, celebrates the Constitution as the ‘heartbeat of our country’, uniting us all, underpinning justice, and building our nation. Students will gain an understanding of why our democracy relies on the separation of powers and what is meant by the ‘rule of law’.
Tours of the building
One of Canberra’s major tourist attractions, the High Court is situated in the Parliamentary Zone, at Parkes Place, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
The building is open 9.45 am – 4.30 pm on weekdays.
A typical tour takes 60 minutes. Groups are asked to visit our website to book a tour.
All groups enter the High Court via the ceremonial ramp from King Edward Terrace. Parking is at the National Portrait Gallery setdown area off King Edward Terrace. To assist efficient movement through the High Court’s security screening, students are advised not to bring in bags and personal items. Students may take photographs inside the building, except in sitting courtrooms.
Sitting dates are posted at hcourt.gov.au/registry/court-calendars
Civics and citizenship resources available for primary and secondary students.