The Family Court will be able to triage
urgent parenting disputes relating to children within 72 hours in a
newly-designated COVID-19 list.
This process has been introduced in response to a 39% increase in urgent applications filed in the Family Court and a 23% increase in the Federal Circuit Court over the past month.
The new measures were announced by the Chief Justice of the
Family Court and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Will
Alstergren who explained, ‘Applications that are eligible to be dealt with
through the COVID-19 list, especially those involving issues of risk and family
violence, will receive immediate attention and will be triaged by a dedicated
registrar who will assess the needs of the case and allocate it to be heard by
a judge within 72 hours of being assessed.’
Disputes where there is an increased risk of family violence as a result of social restrictions introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be among those fast-tracked.
(Source: Women’s Agenda, 19/5/20)