judgment is a decision based on facts, evidence, legislation and case law
A judgement is a decision of the court based on the facts of the case, evidence, applicable laws and jurisprudence. Court judgments are accessible to the public. Judgments are published which is consistent with Section 121 of the Family Law Act 1975. Effective 2007, all judgements, after anonymisation, are published in full text in the website of the Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII).
Family Courts of Australia have first instance and appellate jurisdiction. This means that they may entertain first instance actions and appeals. It is a superior specialist federal court which handles the most complex and serious family law matters.
Appeals from the decisions of the Federal Circuit Court concerning family law and child support are usually heard by a single judge in the Family Court. Appeals from a decision of a single judge of the Family Court in a first instance action are heard by the Full Court of the Family Court.
A Full Court consists of three or more judges, two of whom must be from the Appeal Division of the Court. The decision of the Full Court on the appeal is binding upon judges of first instance.
Reserved judgments may be a First Instance or Full Court judgment, written by a judge or judicial registrar at a later date after the completion of a trial.
Ex tempore Judgments are oral judgments delivered by a judge or judicial registration immediately after a trial. Such a judgment may be a First Instance or Full Court judgment. A Ruling refers to a decision on a specific point of like admissibility of a particular evidence.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.