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NSW Law Society welcomes review into the delivery of family law services

The Law Society of New South Wales has today welcomed a Commonwealth Government report recommending there be one central court merging the family law services of the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court to create a more efficient system.

Law Society President Hugh Macken today said the restructuring of the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court into one family court has long been advocated by members of the legal profession and is the most efficient way of enhancing the administration of justice in a very key and sensitive area of law.

The current Federal Family Law Court system requires revision because it is unnecessarily complex, involves a duplication of administrative resources and has created a range of structural and other problems, said Mr Macken.

Tensions have developed between the Federal Court and the Family Court in respect to the provision of family law services. This includes family relationship centres, the maintaining of two registries and differing rules applying to what are essentially the same type of relationship breakdown disputes.

Neither the Federal Government, the legal profession or the public can afford inefficiencies in the delivery of legal services.

It would be clearly preferable that any monies generated by saving making the system more efficient be allocated to enhancing court services including family relation centres and counselling services.

We look forward to working with Attorney Generals office in the rollout of new administrative structures, said Mr Macken.

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