Appeal Court Judgment Writing Protocol

Since 2011 a number of judges of intermediate appellate courts have discussed the utility of drafting a protocol for circulation to appeal courts and appellate judges in Australia. The aim of this protocol is to act as a guide for appellate judges in the efficient despatch of appellate business. Meetings to discuss the protocol were held at the suggestion of the National Judicial College of Australia. 

The protocol has now been endorsed by the Court of Appeal (Queensland), the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, , the Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal), the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Supreme Court of Tasmania, the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

The protocol can be viewed here Appeal Court Judgment Writing Protocol