On 25 May 2015, Paul Doolan of Barkus Doolan presented at the
Parramatta Registry at the Family Court on Binding Financial
Agreements. Prior to the presentation, Mr Paul Le Large, the
Registry Manager, provided practitioners with a number of updates
in relation to the Registry, which included the following:
There are significant delays in filing in person at the
Registry and practitioners are encouraged to use the Commonwealth
Court Portal or the Registry drop box, noting that there is usually
a 24-hour turnaround for the drop box.
There is a significant time delay from the date of filing to
the date of hearing (no timeframe was provided).
The Judges in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia are
rapidly running out of hearing dates for 2015. Judge Dunkley has no
hearing dates available for the remainder of 2015.
Judge Donald officially announced his retirement. His Honour
has indicated that his long service leave will commence on 5 August
2015, however he will not be sitting beyond July 2015. It is
anticipated that Judge Donald's docket will be transferred to
Judge Newbrun and that a number of visiting Judges will hear Judge
Halligan's matters that have been listed for final
Sue Pratt has been appointed as head of the COMP Mediation
Program. The COMP diary will now be held in Sydney, however Sue is
hoping to establish an electronic diary for the ease of Parramatta
The Family Court is not allocating fresh trial dates until
after 1 July 2015, as there are no further hearing dates available
in September and October. The Judges are preferring to reserve
November and December for urgent matters. Currently, it is
anticipated that there will be a six month wait for the allocation
of hearing dates.
The Parramatta Registry is currently responsible for hearing
75% of all Magellan matters. Given the large number of these
matters it is proposed that five to six slots each month be
reserved before the Judges for these matters alone.
It is hoped that given Judge Donald's announcement and the
imminent retirement of a number of Judges in the Sydney Registry of
the Federal Circuit Court that new appointments will be made in due
course and the Court will keep practitioners apprised of any news
of further appointment.
In the meantime, please remember that the Registries for both
Courts will no longer accept cash payments for the filing of
documents and payment of filing fees. Payments via debit or credit
cards will however continue to be accepted.
If you are paying with a cheque please ensure that the cheque is
made out to The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court
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