Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017

The Attorney-General has released an Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2017 (‘the Bill’). The Bill contains proposed amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) to address stakeholder and community concerns regarding direct cross-examination of parties in family law court proceedings involving family violence. The Government […]

Parliamentary hearing axed over ‘judicial concerns’

Caroline Overington, The Australian

A parliamentary committee inquiring into the Family Court and family violence was abruptly cancelled yesterday over fears that members of parliament could be criticised for asking questions of judges. The committee, which is specifically inquiring into the family law system, had months ago invited the Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant, and the […]