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Family Law cases to be disrupted by Coronavirus

Urgent new arrangements for Family Law matters

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have today announced urgent new arrangements for Family Law cases currently before the courts. This is in response to the ongoing health and safety concerns related to Coronavirus.

Some of the measures announced include:

  • Restricting the number of people allowed in a courtroom other than the judge and court staff to a maximum of 8
  • Increased use of telephone court appearances
  • Postponing callover dates to an appropriate time
  • Scaling back duty lists to deal only with urgent or priority matters
  • Adjourning non urgent property trials
  • Conducting urgent and priority trials as safely as possible including in part by telephone and or video-conference
  • Circuit lists under review to be adjourned or conducted by telephone
  • Appeals to be heard by video-conference and or telephone

You can read full details of the urgent new arrangements on the website for the Family Court of Australia by clicking here.

If you are worried that your case may be affected by these changes we recommend you contact your solicitor to find out more information.

 

 

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For more information on this topic please contact Margaret Miller, Partner and Family Lawyer. This article has been prepared by Bell Legal Group for general information purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.