The new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia commenced on 1 September 2021 and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021 came into effect together with the new Rules of the Court.
A new case management pathway has been established with the aim to ensure that 90 per cent of cases are resolved within 12 months of filing.
After you file, the first court event should take place within six to eight weeks and parties will be required to undertake mediation or other dispute resolution within six months of filing where it is safe to do so. This is done with the goal of settling the dispute earlier which in turn will reduce the financial and emotional stress of litigation.
If parties are unable to settle at mediation, a trial date will be set, which is to commence, where possible, within 12 months.
This is the link to the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website where you can find useful videos and links.