Change to family law trials and final hearings guideline

Change to family law trials and final hearings guideline

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A change to the family law trials and final hearings guideline will come into effect on 1 September 2014. From that date, funding for legal representation at final hearing will be available where people who are legally aided meet new eligibility criteria concerning family violence.

The change to Commonwealth family law and child support guideline 18 follows Victoria Legal Aid having monitored the family law guidelines implemented in early 2013, and the concerns raised about the impact on people who are victims of family violence.

About the change to guideline

This change is for people who are eligible for legal aid, to cover situations where there has been:

  • a conviction for breach of an intervention order or for other family violence-related offences
  • police or other government department involvement in eligible people having to relocate because of safety concerns.

See also Family law trials and hearing guidelines change for information about changes to Guideline 18 that came into effect on 1 November 2013. 

Update on Victoria Legal Aid family law services review

A broader review of our family law services will begin in the coming months to ensure they are fair, as widely available as possible, and sustainable in the longer-term. As part of this we will seek feedback from stakeholders and the community.

Victoria Legal Aid is also keen to work further with the courts, family violence services and others to explore solutions to the wider problem of the many women who are not eligible for a grant of legal assistance and go unrepresented in the family law courts each year.

More information

For enquiries and further information about the guideline change, please contact Assignments:

Phone: (03) 9269 0600 and press 1
Email: AssignmentsFamily@vla.vic.gov.au
Fax: (03) 8672 3366