Judicial Decisions/Commentary

Protecting victims of family violence from cross-examination in family courts
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Media release Minister for Women The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP Attorney-General The Hon Christian Porter MP Victims of serious family violence will be protected from having to directly cross-examine or be cross-examined by perpetrators of violence during family law proceedings, under legislation to be introduced into Federal Parliament today by the Turnbull Government. “There is […]

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Recent Judgments (Federal Circuit Court, Family Court of Australia- first instance and Full Court Appeal)
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Recent Judgments – Federal Circuit Court – link to significant and recent judgments on the Federal Circuit Court Recent First Instance Judgments of the Family Court of Australia – link to recent judgments on the Family Court website Recent Full Court (Appeals) Judgments of the Family Court of Australia – link to recent judgments on the Family […]

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From Alternate to Primary Dispute Resolution: The pivotal role of mediation in (and in avoiding) litigation: Presented by Judge Joe Harman to the National Mediation Conference Melbourne 10 September 2014
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Of…[the] benefits perhaps those which might most starkly differentiate mediation from litigation are the preservation of relationships and self determination. Whilst the preservation of relationships is often the focus of twenty-first century litigation, especially but not exclusively in addressing family law disputes, less formal and less adversarial court processes31 and objects for the conduct of litigation […]

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