French v Bremner [2020] NSWCA 77 (24 April 2020) (Basten JA)


Catchwords:


CIVIL PROCEDURE – application to vacate hearing date – COVID-19 pandemic – appellant with chronic medical condition living in the country – difficulty in coming to Sydney to prepare court books and seek legal advice – date fixed in absence of appellant through no fault on his part

CIVIL PROCEDURE – federal jurisdiction – application to remove matter to High Court – whether Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth), s 40(2) engaged – failure of respondent to file appearance in High Court – summary judgment sought in default of appearance –removal to the High Court not ordered

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – federal jurisdiction – jurisdiction of Supreme Court to make order which could be made by a Justice of the High Court sitting in chambers – whether Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth), s 17 engaged – jurisdiction of High Court to control its business – Constitution, s 73