the family court system is overloaded and cannot cope
the family law practitioners’ association of queensland (flpa) is calling for more resources, more federal magistrates, and more staff to cope with a workload that has increased by almost 10 per cent since 2007.
According to the recent Federal Circuit Court Annual Report 2010-11, family law applications have grown from 76,881 to 2006-2007 to 84,094 in 2010-11, an increase nationally of 9.3 per cent. The number of cases waiting for judgment has increased by 21 per cent in this same time.
Brisbane has 11 federal magistrates and is regarded as one of the busiest Federal Circuit Court registries in Australia. FLPA president, Deborah Awyzio, said the increased demand on the courts and the workload pressures on Brisbane’s federal magistrates was prolonging the time that families were involved in litigation. She said this was concerning as research suggested the most damaging part of children being involved in litigation was exposure to conflict between their parents
The Family Law Practitioners Association (FLPA) is the main industry body in Queensland representing those individuals who work in the family law context such as social workers, psychologists, solicitors, barristers and members of the judiciary. The number of family law practitioners from Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory has reached 800. The membership ranges from large well resourced legal firms to law firms that are smaller and one person operated and law students as well.
The establishment of FLPA in 1984 was to aim at promoting any necessary reform of family law and to promote or criticize any related legislation. At this point in time it is being vocal over something that needs addressing. The Family Law Act promotes the interests of the child as paramount when it comes to family issues. This time it doesn’t look as though this principle is being fully implemented if families are left to queue up for long periods of time in order to solve family conflicts over such things as divorces and the redistribution of funds and property. A stable family environment is necessary not one that is disturbed by ongoing disputes and unnecessary interactions.
“It is not uncommon for each federal magistrate to have more than 25 matters listed before them in one day,” Ms Awyzio said. Brisbane Family lawyers ,
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.