What is the Judiciary and what does it do?

The Judiciary (sometimes called the courts) makes judgements about the law. The Judiciary is made up of the High Court of Australia and other federal courts.

The Australian Constitution divides the power to make and manage laws between 3 largely separate groups. This division is based on the principle of the separation of powers. The 3 groups that share the power to make and manage federal law are the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary.

The Australian High Court in session with judges sitting at a long table and lawyers sitting at another table facing them.

The High Court of Australia.

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The High Court of Australia.

The Australian High Court in session with judges sitting at a long table and lawyers sitting at another table facing them.

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The image shows a large semi circular desk atop a small raise at the end of the room. Seven figures in black (High Court judges) with papers in front of them sit at this long desk. In front of them on the floor is an opposite curved desk with many figures in black with many papers in front of them. Smaller desks sit in rows behind.