The Federal Court Registry in Tasmania is located on the ground floor of the Edward Braddon Commonwealth Law Courts Building at 39-41 Davey Street, Hobart. The building is shared with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Fair Work.
The public enquiry counter is located on the ground floor and courtrooms are located on the first and second floors.
For your security and safety, closed circuit television surveillance and perimeter security screening operates in the building. Your bag or personal belongings will be x-rayed (security staff can assist with lifting heavy bags) and you will be asked to walk through a scanner. Refusal to comply may result in you being denied entry to the building. Items considered to be a security risk will be confiscated by staff and a receipt provided. They will be returned to you on departure from the building. Information about prohibited items is displayed in the building’s foyer. If you have any concerns about your personal security or medical concerns about the screening process, please talk to one of the security staff.
The public enquiry counter is open to the public from 9.00am until 4.30pm.
Telephone enquiries can be made from 8.30am until 5.00pm, except on weekends and public holidays.
The Court usually sits from 10.15am until 12.45pm and 2.15pm until 4.15pm. However, some Court proceedings may commence earlier so it is a good idea to check the listing details in the Law List which is published each weekday on this website or in The Mercury.
Transport and parking
Metro buses run regularly to the bus terminal in Hobart City centre. It is then just a short walk to the Court. Go to the Metro Tasmania website to find the best route.
Located near to the Court is one open-air car park, several multi-storey car parks and metered parking.
Information on the Court's procedures relating to assisted dispute resolution and witnesses are available on this website. Information on the Court's area of jurisdiction including bankruptcy, corporations, human rights, and administrative and constitutional law can be found in Guides. Court forms are also available on this website or from the Registry.
- Database of cases
There is also a computer terminal for public use which can be used to access court forms or to search the Court’s database of cases.
- Court files
You should also approach the enquiry counter if you wish to search a court file. A fee is payable when searching a court file and for obtaining copies of any filed documents.
- Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access is available to the building.
- Public toilets
Public toilets are located on the ground and second floors. A toilet for people with disabilities and baby change area is located on the ground floor.
- Child care
Court staff cannot provide child care. The Child Care Finder website offers a database of accredited child care centres, searchable by postcode, suburb or service name.
There are a number of cafes and lunch bars in the area.
- No smoking
The Commonwealth of Australia has a no smoking policy and smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment, contact the Court through the National Relay Service:
- TTY users
Phone 133 677
then ask for 1300 720 980
- Speak and Listen users
Phone 1300 555 727
then ask for 1300 720 980
- Internet relay users
Connect to the NRS (www.relayservice.gov.au)
and then ask for 1300 720 980.