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Principal Family Court Judge Retires

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 3:50 pm Tue 3rd July 2018

The country’s principal family court judge will retire next month after 22 years on the bench.

During his five years as the head of the Family Court, Judge Laurence Ryan presided over sweeping changes to the system, which put the onus on parents, rather than the state, to resolve disputes over their children.

The 2014 reforms have caused lengthy delays in the Family Court. As of March there were 8000 defended cases in the court, a 30 percent increase in two years.

That recently prompted chief district court judge Jan-Marie Doogue to announce from October she would divert up to 100 judge-days a month from the criminal to the family jurisdiction

The government has announced it plans to review the changes, but has yet to release details.

In a statement Attorney-General David Parker said the process to find Judge Ryan’s replacement was underway with expressions of interest sought last month and interviews expected to take place in mid-August.

Mr Parker said applicants would be assessed against criteria provided by a team seconded from the State Services Commission. That team was working with the Ministry of Justice Appointments Unit on the applications, long-listing, short-listing and assessments.

“Given the significant changes that were introduced in the Family Court through the 2014 reforms, the resulting delays in that court and the full-scale review of those reforms, the Attorney-General wanted to ensure recruitment for the next Principal Family Court Judge included external advice and consideration of the skills and competencies required to oversee changes in the Family Court,” he said.

Judge Ryan’s term officially ends on 17 August.

1 Comment »

  1. What did he do?
    The changes were brought in politically and were the right thing to do.
    At the time of so called reforms #0% of applications were with out notice, now its 88%
    With out notice:
    The applicant applies without notice meaning the other party gets no notification or chance to respond.
    This is the only type of application which now attracts Legal Aid.
    The family court is a scam.
    Decent fathers give up
    Children have no father in their lives. we know this.
    Where was Ryan?
    What did he do?
    Was he really vocal?
    What did he do to stop the bogus with out notice application?

    Comment by Brad — Fri 6th July 2018 @ 1:17 am

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