It’s important to discuss the restrictions on court proceedings under the Migration Act 1958. Australia’s Migration Act, a complex and ever-evolving piece of legislation, governs the country’s immigration policies and procedures. Embedded within this act are provisions that impose restrictions on court proceedings related to migration matters.
These restrictions aim at streamlining the migration decision-making process and reduce the burden on the courts. Moreover, this can significantly impact individuals seeking to challenge migration decisions. Read on to learn more about restrictions on court proceedings.
Section 486A: Time Limit on Applications to the High Court for Judicial Review
Section 486A establishes a 35-day time limit for seeking judicial review of migration decisions in the High Court. The High Court may extend this 35-day period if:
- A written application is made to the High Court, specifying why the applicant believes it is necessary in the interest of justice to grant an extension.
- The High Court is convinced that an extension is essential for the administration of justice.
The 35-day period begins regardless of any procedural irregularities or the validity of the migration decision itself.
Section 486AA: Intervention by Attorney-General
Section 486AA of provisions about restrictions on court proceedings grants the Attorney-General intervention powers. These powers are in relation to proceedings related to judicial review of migration decisions. Furthermore, the section also states that:
- The Attorney-General, acting on behalf of the Commonwealth, has the discretion to intervene in proceedings arising from applications for judicial review of migration decisions as mentioned in subsection 486A(1)
- If the Attorney-General chooses to intervene in such proceedings, the High Court holds the authority to impose cost orders against the Commonwealth as it deems appropriate.
- Upon intervening in such proceedings, the Attorney-General is considered a party to the proceedings.
Section 486AB: Operation Etc. Of Decision
S486AB on restrictions on court proceedings state that the submission of an application as described in Section 486A has no impact on:
- The functioning of the original decision.
- The ability to proceed with the execution of the decision.
- The capacity to take actions based on the decision’s issuance.
Section 486B: Multiple Parties in Migration Litigation
Section 486B of restrictions on court proceedings outlines the following in relation to multiple parties in migration litigation.
Limited Consolidation: Consolidation of multiple migration proceedings into a single case is only permitted if the court deems it necessary for efficient proceedings.
Restrictions on Joint Proceedings: Representative actions, joinder of plaintiffs, and other forms of joint proceedings are not allowed in migration cases.
Exceptions: Certain individuals, such as family members of applicants, persons with statutory functions, the Attorney-General, and prescribed persons, are exempt from these restrictions.
Individualised Litigation: Migration cases must generally be pursued individually, limiting the scope for collective action.
Efficiency Considerations: Consolidation is permitted only when it enhances efficiency, preventing potential delays from combining complex cases.
Balanced Approach: Exceptions allow for necessary involvement while maintaining focus on individual adjudication.
Section 486C: Persons Who May Commence or Continue Proceedings in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) Or the Federal Court
Section 486C of restrictions on court proceedings sets out the following:
Only specific individuals can initiate or continue legal proceedings related to visas, deportation, or removal of unlawful non-citizens in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) or the Federal Court.
Eligible individuals include:
- Parties involved in a migration review
- The Attorney-General of the Commonwealth, a State, or a Territory
- Individuals acting within their statutory functions
- Persons specifically prescribed by regulations
Section 486C of restrictions on court proceedings applies to proceedings under:
- Section 476 of the Migration Act
- Section 44 of the Judiciary Act 1903
- Section 32AB of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976
- Any other relevant laws
Restricted Access: Not everyone can bring migration-related cases to these courts, limiting the potential for frivolous or unnecessary litigation.
Focus on Relevant Parties: Only those directly involved in the migration process or with specific statutory authority can initiate proceedings.
Comprehensive Coverage: The section encompasses proceedings under various legislation, ensuring consistency in applying these restrictions.
Section 486D: Disclosing Other Judicial Review Proceedings
Section 486D of restrictions on court proceedings sets out the following provisions:
An individual initiating a proceeding in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2) or the Federal Court regarding a ‘tribunal decision’ must disclose to the court any existing judicial review proceedings they have brought in relation to that decision, whether in the same court or another.
Scope of Disclosure
This disclosure obligation extends to proceedings initiated before the commencement of this section.
‘Judicial review proceeding’ refers to proceedings in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2), the Federal Court, or the High Court concerning a ‘tribunal decision.’
‘Tribunal decision’ refers to a ‘privative clause decision’ or ‘purported privative clause decision’ made on review by the:
- Tribunal under Part 5, 7, or Section 500 of the Migration Act; or
- The Immigration Assessment Authority under Part 7AA.
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