Pretty disgusted today to read that Townsville hasn’t had a single Federal Circuit Court judge sitting there since 8 February 2019, when Judge Middleton was redeployed to assist in Brisbane and Cairns.
How is that right? I know Brisbane is certainly busy and extra judges are always welcome, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of our Northern neighbour, depriving them of the fundamental right to have their matters heard and not unduly delayed. For family law matters, this extra delay costs real money and causes real harm to parties and their children. It’s just not OK.
The Law Council of Australia has rightly approached the Attorney-General and the Chief Judge of the FCC but so far to no apparent avail.
Not good enough Mr Porter.
The full Law Council article can be read here.