Court Charter

The Family Justice Courts are committed to the fair and timely resolution of family cases. The Family Justice Courts target compliance with the timelines prescribed in this Courts Charter in at least 80% of the cases.

 Type of Proceedings  Timeline1
 Service of Summons of Family Violence Application (with Expedited Order)  Within 1 day of filing date
 Service of Summons of Family Violence Application (without Expedited Order)  Within 3 days of filing date
 First Mention of Family Violence Application (with Expedited Order)  Within 1 week of filing date
 First Mention of Family Violence Application (without Expedited Order)  Within 2 weeks of filing date
 First Mediation/Mention (whichever is earlier) of Family Maintenance Application  Within 3 weeks of filing date
 First Case Conference for Contested Divorce Writ  Within 4 weeks of date of set down
 First Case Conference for Ancillary Matters of Divorce Writ  Within 6 weeks of date of grant of Interim Judgment
 First Mediation/Family Dispute Resolution Conference (whichever is earlier) of Divorce Writ  Within 4 weeks of an order/direction for the matter to be mediated
 First Hearing of Family Violence Application  Within 4 weeks of last mention
 First Hearing of Maintenance Application  Within 4 weeks of last mention
 First Hearing of Uncontested Divorce Writ  Within 4 weeks of date of set down
 First Hearing of Contested Divorce Writ  Within 4 weeks of last Case Conference
 First Hearing of Originating Summons Case  Within 4 weeks of last Case Conference
 First Hearing of Probate Application  Within 4 weeks of filing date
 Delivery of Judgment  Within 4 weeks of conclusion of hearing or tendering of written submissions after the hearing, whichever is later
 Preparation of Grounds of Decision  Within 3 months of date of filing of appeal
 Family Conferencing for Youth Courts Case  Within 2 weeks of date of panel discussion
 First Hearing of Youth Arrest Case (YAC)  Within 2 weeks of last Pre-Trial Conference
 First Mention of Beyond Parental Control Case (BPC)  Within 4 weeks of filing date
 First Mention of Care Protection Order Case (CPO)  Within 3 weeks of filing date


1 Otherwise stated, all the timelines are in working days.