Consistent and efficient Family Law structures good for families
Australian Bar Association President, Noel Hutley SC, notes the Government's announcement
to amalgamate the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia.
"Whilst we await the detail, the reforms announced by the Government today have the
potential to make family law more consistent and efficient, which can only be of benefit for
families in need, Mr Hutley said.
“We have long recognised the potential benefits of a single point of entry in family
law, and a harmonisation of rules. It is untenable that a family could be moved
between two courts, where there are different rules and different processes, despite
the family's dispute remaining the same," said Mr Hutley.
“Equally, a common case management process – so long as that can be tailored to the
individual needs of a specific family - should lead to matters being reached more quickly”
said Mr Hutley.
"I look forward to the Attorney-General consulting with the ABA, on the details of the
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