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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2415

(Question No. 1141)


Senator Reynolds asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 13 September 1984:

Can the Attorney-General indicate if it is likely that in the near future regular sittings of the Federal Court will be held in Townsville with such sittings being serviced by judges from Brisbane, Darwin or elsewhere since recently a good deal of work for that Court has originated outside the Brisbane area.


Senator Gareth Evans —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 requires the Federal Court to sit from time to time at the places at which the registries of the Court are established, but the Court may sit at any place in Australia. The Governor-General may cause such registries of the Court to be established as he thinks fit, but the Court itself decides if and when it will sit at a place without a registry. I have sought the views of the Court on the honourable senator's question in the light of these provisions.

The Registrar of the Federal Court has stated that an examination of non- bankruptcy matters filed in the Brisbane registry in the period March to October 1984 has not revealed any matters originating outside the Brisbane area. However , the Chief Judge is prepared to arrange a sitting of the Federal Court at Townsville in mid 1985, assuming that arrangements can be made with the State Supreme Court for the use of a court in Townsville. This will provide an opportunity for practitioners to bring on any Federal Court matters in that city .