Extension of flexible forum test pilot

Extension of flexible forum test pilot

Friday, 31 July 2020

Since 1 July 2019, our organisation and Legal Aid NSW have been trialling a more flexible application of the forum test for Commonwealth family law matters for applicants that reside along the NSW and Victorian border.

The forum test is a test that legal aid commissions across Australia use to determine which commission is responsible for providing a grant of legal assistance where a person lives in a state or territory that differs to the state or territory in which their legal matter is being heard.

The flexible forum test pilot arose from the Cross-border Justice Report which identified the need for our organisation and Legal Aid NSW to work together more effectively to support the legal needs of people living along our shared border. The report recommended trialling a more flexible approach to applying the existing forum test for border communities.

The flexible forum test currently applies to all new grants of legal assistance made on or after 1 July 2019.

The pilot has been extended by a further six months and will now run until 31 December 2020 while we evaluate its effectiveness.

More information

Read more about the flexible forum test pilot.

For queries or feedback about the flexible forum test pilot, please email Assignments Family Law.

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