…But Wait, There’s More!

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Hi Folks, It was only last week that I posted on the subject of a sudden and extraordinary rash of long-overdue judicial appointments to the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court after an extended period of apparent stasis. Well it seems that the avalanche of appointments continues with a further two judges for the […]

Judicial Appointments

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Hi Folks, Is it just me or is there a federal election looming? It’s just that I can’t help noticing some pretty significant announcements by the Commonwealth Attorney-General in recent weeks. Announcements of things that will doubtless provide some very meaningful improvements in the woeful state of the family law courts and people’s experience in […]

FCFCA Bills Committee Report released – not very good…

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I have just finished reading the 76 page Report from the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (the Committee) enquiry into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bills (the FCFC Bills). Released two months earlier than instructed to by the Senate, the Report is, as expected, in support of the Bills, […]

More Misery from the Front Line

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More Misery from the Front Line Despite submissions to the Senate inquiry into the Federal Circuit and Family Court Bills being closed officially on 23 November last year, another submission was published today from a member of the public. It was beautifully written but made for very sad reading, yet again emphasising the traumatic experience […]

Submission Published!

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Submission Published! A few weeks back I wrote about the submission I made to the Senate Committee inquiry into the Federal Circuit and Family Court Bills. My submission has now been published on the Committee’s web site! It’s worth a read. Scroll down to Submission 72 on the Committee’s page. or download it directly from […]

Submission Complete!

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Submission Complete! It’s taken a lot of research and a heck of a lot of time, but I’ve finally finished my submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs enquiry into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bills. At 9,834 over 19 pages it’s a fairly comprehensive document! In it […]

FCFCA Bills introduced into Parliament

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FCFCA Bills introduced into Parliament Finally, we get to see the substance of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bills (FCFCA Bills) – the main Bill and the transitional and consequential amendments Bill (all the other pieces of legislation that are affected by the Court merger). The Attorney General delegated the task of […]

Attorney General announces Courts merger

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Attorney General announces Courts merger The Attorney General, Christian Porter made a shock announcement today that as of 1 January 2019, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court would be merged into the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. This came as a total surprise to the profession as no consultation […]