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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.


  • 28 Apr 2023: Hartley v Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police [2023] FCA 368
    CRIMINAL LAW - search warrant - validity of warrant - whether warrant did not or did not sufficiently state an offence - whether warrant ambiguous - where warrant sufficiently described nature of offence to indicate area of search - where warrant not established to be invalid
    Judge: Abraham J
  • 16 Mar 2023: Fogarty v Jakovac (No 2) [2023] FCA 234
    CRIMINAL LAW - election pursuant to s 104.12A of the Criminal Code (Cth) to confirm an interim control order made against the respondent under s 104.4 of the Criminal Code - where the respondent has been convicted of an offence relating to terrorism - consideration of whether there remains a residual risk of reoffending arising from both the…
    Judge: Bromwich J
  • 23 Feb 2023: Lusty v CVA22 [2023] FCA 130
    CONTEMPT OF COURT - sentencing - contempt of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission - respondent in contempt by refusing to answer questions in examination - where respondent pleaded guilty - fixed term of 8 months imprisonment imposed
    Judge: Thawley J

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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