Williams Vs. The Queen Decided

Williams v The Queen was a decision handed down in the High Court of Australia on 26 August 1986.

The applicant was indicted before the Supreme Court of Tasmania on twenty-nine counts - fifteen of burglary and fourteen of stealing. At the commencement of the trial counsel for the accused objected to the admission in evidence of a number of records of interview containing confessions allegedly made to the police by the applicant. After a voir dire the learned trial judge ruled that the records of interview which related to twenty-six of the counts should not be admitted in evidence. The matter was dismissed.

The High Court of Australia is the final court of appeal in Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy. It has both original and appellate jurisdiction, has the power of judicial review over laws passed by the Parliament of Australia and the parliaments of the States, and interprets the Constitution of Australia. The High Court is mandated by section 71 of the Constitution, which vests in it the judicial power of the Commonwealth of Australia. The court was originally indended to be named the Supreme Court of Australia. The High Court was constituted by the Judiciary Act 1903. The High Court of Australia is located in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.