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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3595

Mr Price asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 10 March 2009:

Did the ‘Semple report’ (Des Semple and the Attorney-General’s Department, Striking the Right Balance, August 2008) recommend the number of Family Court Judges be reduced over time to 25; if so, by what date will this recommendation be implemented.

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

The Report of the Review of the delivery by the federal courts of family law services, Future Governance Options for Federal Family Law Courts in Australia: Striking the Right Balance, recommends ‘that there should be a single family court, with two separate judicial divisions serviced by a single administration’ (paragraph 111).

The Report then comments, at paragraph 112, that the ‘number of justices in the Superior and Appellate Division would be reduced over time as judges retire to around 25, based on current family law workloads in the Family Court and FMC.’

The Government is considering the recommendations made by the Report.