High Court of Australia

Palmer v Ayres [2017] HCA 5

8 Feb 2017

Case Number: B52/2016 B55/2016


Kiefel, Gageler, Keane, Nettle, Gordon JJ


Constitutional law (Cth) – Judicial power – Mandatory examination of persons about corporation's examinable affairs – Where plaintiffs former directors of corporation in voluntary liquidation – Where liquidators applied for and obtained order for issue of summons under s 596A of Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) requiring plaintiffs to attend for examination about corporation's examinable affairs – Whether s 596A invalid as contrary to Ch III of Constitution – Whether s 596A gives rise to "matter" that engages judicial power of Commonwealth – Whether power conferred by s 596A incompatible with or outside judicial power of Commonwealth.

Words and phrases – "examinable affairs", "federal jurisdiction", "judicial power", "matter".

Constitution – Ch III.

Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) – ss 596A, 597.

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