Re Wakim [1999] HCA 27

ON 17 JUNE 1999, the High Court of Australia delivered Re Wakim [1999] HCA 27; 198 CLR 511; 163 ALR 270; 73 ALJR 839 (17 June 1999).

The High Court held that the provisions of the Corporations Law and cross-vesting legislation that purport to confer State jurisdiction on Federal Courts are constitutionally invalid, although State courts may continue to exercise Federal jurisdiction or each other’s jurisdiction.

The decision led to enactment of the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001, a Federally administered company law which could also be exercised in State Courts.

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