Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

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Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
Coat of Arms of Canberra.svg
Established 1 January 1934
Country  Australian Capital Territory,  Australia
Location Canberra
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Decisions are appealed to High Court of Australia
Judge term length mandatory retirement by age of 70
Number of positions 4
Website Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
Chief Justice of the Australian Capital Territory
Currently Helen Murrell
Since 28 October 2013

The Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory is the superior court for the ACT. It has unlimited jurisdiction within the territory in civil matters (although it usually only hears matters involving more than A$250,000), and hears the most serious criminal matters. In the Australian court hierarchy it is one of 8 state and territory Supreme Courts having unlimited jurisdiction in their respective parts of Australia.

The court was established on 1 January 1934 by the Seat of Government Supreme Court Act 1933 (Cth). The first judge of the court was Lionel Lukin. The first Chief Judge was Russell Walter Fox, appointed when the office was created in 1977. It was substituted with the office of Chief Justice in 1982. The first Chief Justice was Richard Blackburn.

Pursuant to section 37E of the Supreme Court Act 1933, the court is known as the Court of Appeal when it exercises its appellate jurisdiction under Part 2A of the Act.

The courthouse includes two jury courts and in December 2013 The Canberra Times reported that the court would soon be upgraded to meet the requirements of the city's judicial system over the next 50 years.[1]

Current judges

See also


  1. "New Supreme Court for Canberra". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. 19 December 2013. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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Law Courts of the Australian Capital Territory building