The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Broke The High Court’s Website

The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Broke The High Court’s Website

The High Court of Australia’s judgments website went offline for an hour this afternoon, just before the court handed down its ruling that Australia’s same-sex marriage postal survey was to go ahead. Another piece of national technology infrastructure that isn’t up to the task of handling the vote, then.

It’s loading for most users now, but slowly. It’s almost certain that the website outage was due to much more traffic than usual, from expectant parties sitting there and refreshing away waiting for the ruling to be handed down.

Of course, the High Court website doesn’t update instantly with rulings and judgments anyway, so the (likely) excess of traffic to it was probably all to no end anyway. If you want to find the ruling, it’s here. [High Court of Australia]

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