Important Federal Circuit Court of Australia ‘fast tracking’ matters announcement

Important Federal Circuit Court of Australia ‘fast tracking’ matters announcement

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Federal Circuit Court of Australia 'fast tracking' of final hearings listed between 1 February 2018 and 31 March 2018

The Melbourne Registry of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (FCC) are addressing waiting times.

The FCC has advised that approximately 300 matters will be the focus of a case management call over in the week beginning 20 November. These matters have been sitting in the list for some time, and are listed for final hearing at the Melbourne registry of the FCC between the dates of 1 February 2018 and 31 March 2018.

Prepare for your clients contacting you

Commencing this week, the court will send letters to all parties in those matters advising them of the case management call over. The letter encloses a document for the parties to complete, to assist with triaging of matters prior to the case management call over. View an example of the letter that will be sent to parties and solicitors. Please read that letter carefully so you are prepared to assist clients with associated queries.

The document enclosed in the letter must be completed and returned to the registry prior to 20 November

The document enclosed in that letter must be completed and returned to the registry on the date nominated in the letter, which will be prior to 20 November 2017. From 20 November 2017, the FCC will then conduct five days of case management call overs at the Melbourne Registry. These call overs will run alongside the existing duty lists and will be conducted via staggered sittings. Parties will be advised of the call over date and time in their letter.

Matters will remain listed for trial but the triage process being put in place will help determine which matters may be suited to alternative case management pathways.

Any requests for assistance, should be submitted as soon as possible – please be patient

If your legally aided matter is affected by this case management process, ensure you have the appropriate grant of assistance. Any requests for assistance, should be submitted as soon as possible. We expect that there will be an increase in the number of requests for assistance during this time. Assignments will endeavour to process requests within a reasonable period, but ask for your patience and understanding during this time.

Let us know whether you have capacity to take on any new clients

During this time, our duty lawyers will be providing referrals to any self-represented litigants, who may be eligible for legal assistance. We would appreciate if you let us know whether you have capacity to take on any new clients. If you are available for any client referrals, please email AssignmentsFamily@vla.vic.gov.au, indicating your availability. If you indicate that you have capacity for referrals, our duty lawyers will contact you during this time with any potential referrals.

More information

If you have any questions, contact the Family Law Assignments team on Phone: (03) 9269 0600 or email AssignmentsFamily@vla.vic.gov.au.

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