Federal Courts Structural Reform

30 May 2018

The Australian Government has announced a proposal to reform the family law jurisdiction and establish a new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

More on the Government’s announcement can be found at: https://www.ag.gov.au/LegalSystem/Courts/Pages/Structural-reform-of-the-federal-courts.aspx

Importantly there is no immediate change to family law cases currently before the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Current matters will continue to be managed by both courts so as to avoid delay and focus on resolution.

The proposed changes do not impact general federal law matters before the Federal Circuit Court.