Queensland Law Society

Security screening at the High Court of Australia

In October 2017 the High Court introduced screening of visitors entering the High Court building in Canberra. At that time, as an interim measure, legal practitioners attending the building for hearings were excluded from the screening regime provided they used the entrance formerly identified as the Practitioners’ Entrance and showed photo identification at the security centre on arrival.

From Monday 9 April 2018 screening has been extended to all visitors to the building, including legal practitioners.

All practitioners entering the building now need to use the ground level main entrance and pass through the screening point, regardless of the time of their arrival.

The list of practitioners attending each hearing will be provided to the security guards at the screening point. Practitioners may enter the building between 8am and 6pm. Practitioners arriving outside the public opening hours (9.45am to 4.30pm) will need to show photo identification at the screening point.

Items larger than airline carry-on luggage size will not be permitted in the building. Practitioners should make arrangements for larger luggage to be stored elsewhere before arriving at the High Court building.

For further information, visit the High Court of Australia website.