Court only for family matters

COFFS Coast residents involved in family law cases will find life a little easier under changes announced by the Federal Government.

Under legislation to be introduced to Parliament, the Family Court will return to being the single court dealing with family law matters.

Currently, both the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court have dealt with family law matters with different sets of rules.

Local family law specialist Simon Caldwell has welcome the changes but a starting date has yet to be announced.

“The changes should make it easier for people who need the court’s assistance in family law matters to access the system and reduce the potential confusion where there are currently two courts with their own set of rules that are dealing with similar issues,” Mr Caldwell said.

The Family Court will have a new lower tier and the Federal Magistrates Court will be retained to hear general federal law matters and continue to exercise general federal law jurisdiction.

The new regime is part of the Government’s shake-up of the federal courts to establish a new Military Court of Australia.

“This new structure will achieve a more integrated and efficient system in order to effectively deliver legal and justice services to both the civilian and defence community,” Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland said.

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