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The Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a federal court of record established by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999. The Court is constituted by judges and exercises federal jurisdiction in family law and child support, bankruptcy, administrative law, consumer law, migration, industrial law, human rights, intellectual property, privacy and admiralty matters. The Court cannot deal with family law or child support matters in Western Australia, where there is a state family court. Staff of the Federal Circuit Court can provide advice on the procedures of the Court, but cannot give legal advice or assist in the conduct of proceedings.
A statutory authority established by section 115 of the Family Law Act 1975. Advises and makes recommendations to the Attorney-General concerning the working of the Family Law Act and other legislation relating to family law, the working of legal aid in relation to family law, and any other matters relating to family law. Advice and recommendations to the Attorney-General may be either at Council's own instigation or in response to a referral by the Attorney-General.A process is currently underway to appoint new members to the Council.
The Family Court of Australia, through its specialised judges and staff, helps Australians resolve their most complex family disputes. The Court was established under the Family Law Act 1975 and has original jurisdiction in all states and territories except Western Australia. The Court determines cases with complex law and facts including cases with jurisdictional issues, multiple parties and financial cases. The Court also determines cases with specialised areas (Hague, special medical procedures, serious cases of entrenched conflict, violence and abuse, international relocation), and provides national coverage as the appellate court in family law matters.
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