As acknowledged by the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the courts will prioritise urgent parenting matters. This may mean that any non-urgent property only matters are adjourned for an appropriate period of time, until the Court has the capacity to deal with them. Property matters may also be referred by Judges to mediation.
As per the face-to-face protocol, all matters that proceed before the Court will be conducted by telephone and video conferencing software for trials, such as Microsoft Teams.
Joint Practice Direction – Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
On 31 March 2020, a new Practice Direction was announced for family law matters in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (JPD 2 of 2020). This provides for the following:
On 27 March 2020, the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia gave a radio interview on Triple M. You can listen to what was discussed here: http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fcoaweb/about/news/triplem-alstergren.
As the Chief Justice reiterates, ‘You are not alone’.