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FCC NEWS

21-Oct-2017


2016-17 Annual Report for the Federal Circuit Court 


This has been tabled in Parliament. You can find it on the Court’s website and here.



Time for filing a Response in FCC extended from 14 to 28 days 

Schedule 2 of the Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2017

This amendment of the Rules is to take effect from 2 November 2017.
 
A link to the Rules and the Explanatory Statement for this and other miscellaneous amendments of the Federal Circuit Court Rules is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News



Costs increase under Schedule 1 of the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001


These increases apply after 3 August 2017.


The Rule is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.



Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2016

The judges of the Federal Circuit Court have agreed to amendments to the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 (“the Rules”) by way of the Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2016. The Amendment Rules include the following:


The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


New judge for Launceston

Today (15 May 2016) I announce that Judge Terence McGuire will be Tasmania’s new Federal Circuit Court Judge, based permanently in Launceston.  Judge McGuire will take over from Judge Stuart Roberts when he retires on 19 June.

The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.



Appointments to and retirements from the bench


The full text of this release (dated 25 February 2016) is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


New appointment to the Federal Circuit Court

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Anthony (Tony) David Young as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, based in the Darwin registry and commencing on 31 July 2015.


The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Relocation List - Melbourne

From 1 July 2015 applications formerly heard in this List will now be listed according to normal Federal Circuit Court listing practices.

The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.



FCC - Practice Direction No 1 of 2015

Citations of decisions of Australian Courts and Tribunals – AustLII

The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Courts to go cashless

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court’s family law registries will be cashless from 1 July 2015. 


The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


FCC – New Notice of Risk – commencing 12 January 2015

A link to this court notice is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


What's new in the Federal Circuit Court


A link to what's on is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.



Amendments to Federal Circuit Cout Rules


Highlights of these amendments are set out for subscribers in our online members' Practice News.



Change to form Enforcement Warrant and brochure "Child Support Applications"


The above changes were today (19 December 2013) announced by Adele Byrne, Principal Registrar of the FCC.


Links to the new form and brochure are available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News. 



Change to FCC form Application - Draft Consent Parenting Orders and allegations of abuse or family violence


Adele Byrne, Principal Registrar of the Federal Circuit Court, yesterday (15 October 2013) issued a notice that the Chief Judge has approved changes to the above form.


The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.



New appointment to the Federal Circuit Court  

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today (5 August 2013) announced an appointment to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

The full text of this release is available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News.



FCC - News and Events from February 2012 to July 2013


Available for subscribers at our online members' Practice News is a link to the Federal Circuit Court's online roundup of news and events from the FMC and FCC for the period February 2012 to July 2013.



Change to FCC Notice of Risk - SA pilot form

The Notice of Risk which is being piloted in the Federal Circuit Court South Australia has been amended.

The full text of this release and links to the new form and more information is available to subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Federal Magistrates Court of Australia re-named as the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The following notice was published today (5 April 2013) by the FMC.

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia Legislation Amendment Act 2012 amended the Federal Magistrates Act 1999
 and other legislation to rename the Federal Magistrates Court the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and to change the title of the Chief Federal Magistrate to ‘Chief Judge’ and federal magistrate to ‘judge’. 

The full text of this release together with links to the new FCC website, fact sheet and brochure are available for our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


From the FMC to the FCCA - an update

The Federal Magistrates Court today (4 April 2013) issued the following release.

On 12 April 2013 the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia will become known as the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

The full text of this release and accompanying link are available for our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Legislation to re-name the Federal Magistrates Court passed

Yesterday (28 February 2013) the Parliament passed the second of two Bills necessary to change the of name of the Federal Magistrates Court to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and the title of Federal Magistrate to ‘Judge’.

The full text of this release is available for our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


South Australian pilot of the Notice of Risk

The following notice was published by Adele Byrne, principal registrar of the FMC yesterday (11 December 2012)

NOTICE OF RISK - TO BE COMPLETED WHEN FILING PARENTING APPLICATIONS/RESPONSE IN FEDERAL MAGISTRATES COURT - SOUTH AUSTRALIA from 4 February 2013.

The full text of this notice and accompanying links are available for our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


"Federal Circuit Court of Australia" established in law

The Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Attorney-General, issued the following media release today (21 November 2012). 

Legislation to rename the Federal Magistrates Court ‘the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and change the title of Federal Magistrates to Judge passed the Parliament this week.

The full text of this release is available for our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.

 


Changes to FMC subpoena form


Changes to the Court's subpoena form were announced yesterday (16 October 2012). As for all our court forms at our online "forms and precedents", these changes were made to our FMC subpoena form automatically.



Consultation sought on early intervention procedure in parenting cases where risk is alleged


The FMC has released a discussion paper to the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia which has distributed it to all law societies for input. Please direct any comments as to the proposed new Notice of Risk and any other comments you may have on this issue to the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. The discussion paper is available to our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.



Introducing the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

What we know as the Federal Magistrates Court will soon become the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and the title of Federal Magistrate will be renamed Judge to better reflect their important role in Australia’s judicial system.
 
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced the change today (13 September 2012) as part of the Government’s ongoing court reform agenda to provide greater certainty around the responsibilities and role of each of the federal courts.

The full text of this release is available to subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Electronic engrossment of orders – Victoria and Tasmania

The Chief Federal Magistrate has approved a notice to practitioners in Victoria and Tasmania as to the electronic engrossment of orders, effective from 4 June 2012.


A link to the notice is available to subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Practice Direction No 1 of 2012 – Consent orders in proceedings involving a federal tribunal 

This practice direction, published 4 April 2012, will apply to child support appeals to the FMC from the Social Security Appeals Tribunal where the discharge or variation of an order of the SSAT is being sought by consent.

A link to the practice direction is available to subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


FMC Notice of Appeal (Child Support)

Please note there have been minor changes to the instruction cover sheet of the Federal Magistrates Court form “Notice of Appeal (Child Support)”. 

The full text of this notice is available to our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Relocation List - Melbourne Registry

A relocation list has been established as a pilot project for the hearing of certain family law proceedings in Melbourne involving applications to vary existing orders or parenting arrangements primarily as a result of a proposed change of residence of a person with primary, majority, or shared care of a child or children.

The full text of this announcement and a link to the Notice to Litigants and Practitioners is available to our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


Amendment of Notice of Request to Inspect (FMC)

The Notice of Request to Inspect under FMCR 15A.13(1)(c) has been amended, the details of which are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Annual Report of the FMC

The twelfth annual report of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, for the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011, is now available. A link to it is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News. 


Draft Consent Parenting Orders

 
The form "Application – Draft Consent Parenting Orders and allegations of abuse or family violence" has been amended.  Aside from some formatting changes, the new form has a new explanatory paragraph at the bottom of page 1 and now allows for additional parties, and the ICL, to sign the same form.
 
The amended form is available from our online "forms and precedents".



Interim parenting proceedings in Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra registries


A link to the Practice Note and covering memo from the FMC dated 11 July 2011
are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.

 


More changes to the Federal Magistrates Court Rules

The FMC has announced Federal Magistrates Court Amendment Rules 2011 (No 1) to come into effect on 11 July 2011.

The key changes are to enforcement of family law and child support financial orders and obligations; the procedure for seeking consent parenting orders in the Federal Magistrates Court; a change of subpoena rules; and new technical requirements for all filed documents. 

Full details and links to the new rules and forms are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Change of form - Application in a Case (FMC)

The Federal Magistrates Court has announced a change to its Application in a Case. 

The full text of this notice is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.



Communicating with Federal Magistrates Chambers
 -
Notice to Litigants and Legal Practitioners

 

The Federal Magistrates Court has issued a notice to remind all parties and practitioners of a number of issues relevant to communications with the chambers of the Federal Magistrate who has the conduct of a matter.

The full text of this notice is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Change to Notice of request to inspect

 

Adele Byrne, principal registrar of the Federal Magistrates Court, today (11 March 2011) announced the amendment of the Notice of request to inspect in accordance with Federal Magistrates Court Rule 15A.13(1)(c).


As for all changes made to court forms, our link to the form was automatically updated. 


Notice to practitioners - extended e-filing under FMCR 2.07A and 2.07B

On 11 February 2011 the Federal Magistrates Court announced the extension of electronic filing to include certain process effective from 12 February 2011. 

The full text of this notice is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Changes to FMC subpoena forms

 

On 22 November 2010, the Principal Registrar of the Federal Magistrates Court, Adele Byrne, announced changes to the following forms - Subpoena and 
Notice of Request to Inspect.
 


The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News and the 
new forms available for members at our online "forms and precedents". 


New court fees as at 1 November 2010

A new fee on Response to Initiating Application and a new flat fee (called a “reduced fee”) have been announced.

The full text of this release with live links to the new fee summary, application forms for reduction of fee and the new guidelines are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News. The 
new fees were duly added to the "court fee" sections of The Family Law Book 
and to our online forms and precedents via a keyword search for "court fees".


FMC’s Annual Report for 2009/10 

A link to this Annual Report is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News. 


Changes to "Notice to practitioners and litigants – Filing of supplementary documents and divorce application by electronic communication"

The above Notice to Practitioners has been amended. The full text of this release and a live link to the amended notice are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Robing of counsel in the Federal Magistrates Court
 
This Practice Direction (No. 1 of 2010) relates to the robing of counsel who appear before the Federal Magistrates Court.

It is effective from 6 September 2010. 

The full text of this practice direction and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Launch of the Dandenong Project Family Law Initiative by the Attorney-General, Hon Robert McClelland MP on 6 July 2010 


The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


New court fees - as at 1 July 2010


Details of these new fees are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News. They were also added to the June 2010 update of our looseleaf service, and to our online forms and precedents via a keyword search for "court fees".


Notice to Profession - Interim parenting proceedings (Sydney Registry)
 
A new Notice to Profession setting out arrangements for the management of interim parenting proceedings for Sydney Practitioners has been approved by the Chief Federal Magistrate to take effect 1 July 2010. 

The full text of this notice and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Notice to legal practitioners - communicating with federal magistrates


This notice was published by the Federal Magistrates Court on 2 March 2010. 

The full text of this notice and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Missing child - Qld and Tas communities asked by FMC to help locate Katelyn Brianna Lewis.

The full text of this release and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Divorce order

The Federal Magistrates Court of Australia is changing the form of document that is issued by the Court when a divorce order becomes final. The new form of order will be produced for divorce orders issued after 13 February 2010.

The full text of this notice is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


New subpoena rules for FMC

The Federal Magistrates Court Amendment Rules 2009 (No 3) comes into effect on 30 November 2009.

The amendments introduce new rules in relation to subpoenas with provision for the release of documents produced for inspection and copying without the need for a listing before a judicial officer, where there is no objection. [Copying exceptions are child welfare, police, criminal and medical records: The Family Law Book.] The amendments are aimed at reducing the number of court appearances for production of subpoenaed documents when there is no dispute.

The full text of this release and live links to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Chief Executive Officer's Report 2008-09

The Annual Report of the CEO of the Federal Magistrates Court was published on 20 ‚Ä®November 2009. 

The full text of this Annual Report and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


FMC's Annual Report 2008-2009

The Federal Magistrates Court has published its Annual Report 2008-2009. 

The full text of this Annual Report and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Electronic filing

The following notice was published by the Federal Magistrates Court on 25 September 2009 inviting lawyers to register for the e-filing of divorce applications and other documents:

"Filing of Supplementary Documents and Divorce Applications by Electronic Communication pursuant to Rules 2.07A and 2.07B Federal Magistrates Court Rules 2001"

The full text of this notice and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.



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