Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC) has recently commenced a family violence Early Resolution Service at Broadmeadows Magistrate’s Court.
This service is designed to address the backlog of family violence cases that have arisen due to COVID-19 and streamline the process for family violence applicants and respondents. By ensuring that cases are referred early to legal advocates, both parties are provided with opportunities for negotiation which will hopefully lead to agreed outcomes incorporating appropriate safety provisions. This process is expected to decrease the amount of time that parties spend in court, and ensures that legal representatives have plenty of time to fully assess the safety needs of their clients.
Participation is voluntary, and applicants who agree to participate will be referred by the court in the first instance to the NCLC lawyer.
(NCLC Newsletter, 30.6.21)