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About this NPA

The Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA is comprised of the following:

  • Summary prosecutions
  • Prosecutions on indictment
  • Criminal appeals
  • Bail applications and empaneling juries for Criminal Cartel Trials
  • Civil proceedings related to confiscating assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) where the Federal Court is conferred with a criminal jurisdiction.

More about the Court’s criminal and related jurisdiction

The Federal Court has:

Allocation of matters in this NPA

The Court has judges experienced in managing crime-related cases, including criminal appeals, and judicial registrars experienced in the practice and procedure of criminal prosecutions to assist the judges with the case management of such matters.

While any crime-related case is likely to be managed by the Court within this NPA, the Court will ensure that the judge allocated to manage the case has expertise in the underlying area of law the subject of the proceeding - for example, competition and consumer law or intellectual property law.


  • 21 Dec 2022: Lusty (Examiner) v DEZ22 [2022] FCA 1581
    CONTEMPT OF COURT - refusal to answer questions in Australian Crime Commission examination under s 34A(a)(ii) of Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth) - Court's power to deal with contempt under s 34B of Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth) - consideration of principles relevant to fixing sentences for contempt - consideration of…
    Judge: Wigney J
  • 9 Dec 2022: McDonald v Dakkak (No 2) [2022] FCA 1578
    CRIMINAL LAW - application for interim control orders - where respondent previously convicted of various terrorism charges and interim control orders were made under s 104.4 in Part 5.3 of the Criminal Code - where conditions under ss 104.4(1)(c) and (d) of the Criminal Code satisfied - interim control orders confirmed
    Judge: Wigney J
  • 30 Nov 2022: DTO21 v Australian Crime Commission [2022] FCAFC 190
    CONTEMPT OF COURT - refusal by appellant to answer certain questions in Australian Crime Commission examination - refusal constituted contempt under s 34A(a)(ii) of the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth) - appellant sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with liberty to apply - whether primary judge erred in finding there was continued…
    Judge: Wigney, Bromwich and Abraham JJ

Speeches & Papers

Practice Notes

The Federal Crime and Related Proceedings Practice Note (CRIME-1) issued by the Court on 15 May 2017, sets out the arrangements for the management of proceedings in the Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA.

Other practice notes which may be relevant to this NPA include:

Forms & Rules

The Federal Court (Criminal Proceedings) Rules 2016 (Cth) (Criminal Proceedings Rules) commenced on 10 November 2016.

Under the Criminal Proceedings Rules, forms have been approved for use in proceedings in the Federal Crime and Related Proceedings NPA . 

Parties and practitioners should also be familiar, where relevant, with:


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