The Council of Chief Justices of Australia and New Zealand comprises the Chief Justices of the High Court, the Federal and Family Courts and the Supreme Courts of each of the States and Territories, together with the Chief Justice of New Zealand.
The objects of the Council are:
- To provide a forum within which its members may discuss matters of common concern and exchange information and advice.
- To advance and maintain the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary in Australia and New Zealand.
- To advance and maintain the principle that Australian Courts together constitute a national judicial system operating within a federal framework.
- To ensure that its members are aware of proposals by and developments within governments and the legal profession relevant to the preceding objects.