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Seniors Rights Victoria voices opposition to court merger

Seniors Rights Victoria has joined a coalition of more than 60 legal organisations opposing a proposal to merge the specialist Family Court of Australia with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

A letter to the federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, co-signed by Seniors Rights Victoria’s Principal Lawyer, Rebecca Edwards, said that greater not less specialisation in family law and family violence was needed.

A report by the Australian Law Reform Commission Report, released in April 2019, said that increasingly family law cases involve allegations of violence, child abuse and other risk factors. 

‘Children and adults who have experienced family violence require a specialist forum to deal with family law matters involving family violence and this forum is the Family Court of Australia,’ Ms Edwards said.

A bill to merge the two courts was introduced into federal Parliament in early December.

To read the letter click here.