Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Australia: Former Judges' Opinion of Family Court Merges with the Federal Circuit Court

From ABC News:

The government bill passed through the Senate on Wednesday, with the support of One Nation and independent senator Rex Patrick. A legislation to merge the Family Court combined with the Federal Circuit Court.

The Federal Circuit Court has jurisdiction over a broad range of matters, including bankruptcy, copyright, migration and family law. It was established to alleviate the strain on the Federal Court and Family Court, by dealing with less complex cases. Today, around 90 per cent of the court's workload is in the area of family law.

The move was opposed by Labor and some within the legal profession. Former judges say they do not think it will make the system more efficient.

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