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Tuesday, 29 August 2000
Page: 19601


Mr McClelland asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 30 May 2000:

(1) Will the judge of the Family Court who currently services the Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton registries be relocating; if so, when.

(2) Under what arrangements will the Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton registries operate subsequent to the departure of the judge.

(3) Will Cairns be included on a new circuit; if so, (a) how often and on which days will a judge visit the Cairns registry and (b) where will the judge who visits Cairns be based.

(4) Will Townsville be included on a new circuit; if so, (a) how often and on which days will a judge visit the Townsville registry and (b) where will the judge who visits Townsville be based.

(5) Will Rockhampton be included on a new circuit; if so, (a) how often and on which days will a judge visit the Rockhampton registry and (b) where will the judge who visits Rockhampton be based.


Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I am advised by the Family Court as follows:

(1) Justice Barry, who was formerly resident in Townsville, relocated to Brisbane in the week commencing 18 June 2000.

(2) There are no changes to the circuit arrangements already in place for Cairns.

Prior to relocating to Brisbane, Justice Barry was scheduled to sit in Townsville for 5 weeks during July and August. These sittings have now been rescheduled for September and arrangements have been made for a judge from Brisbane to undertake the sittings. Should there be no judicial appointment to Townsville by September, further arrangements will be made to provide a judge to hear matters in Townsville.

There are no changes to the circuit arrangements for Rockhampton.

(3) There are no changes to the circuit services to Cairns.

(a) The circuits for Cairns are scheduled for:

31 July - 11 August 2000

9-18 October 2000

27-28 December 2000

29 January - 9 February 2001

30 April - 11 May 2001

(b) Pending the appointment of a new judge in Townsville, the judges who will conduct these circuits will come from other Family Court registries - usually Brisbane.

(4) Arrangements have been made for a judge from Brisbane to hear matters in Townsville.

(a) Hearings will be conducted in Townsville from 28 August 2000 until 29 September 2000.

(b) Should no judicial appointment be made in Townsville by September, further arrangements will be made to provide a judge to hear matters in Townsville.

(5) Responsibility for circuits to Rockhampton rests with the Brisbane Registry.

(a) Rockhampton circuits are currently scheduled for:

7-18 August 2000

6-17 November 2000

26 February - 9 March 2001

28 May - 8 June 2001

(b) Judges based in Brisbane conduct the circuits to Rockhampton.