The legal community in New South Wales is celebrating the introduction of new family law procedures in 2023. Starting in January 2023, individuals seeking to initiate family law proceedings in circuit locations will be able to select their initial return dates. This can be completed online through the Commonwealth Courts Portal, eliminating the need for in-person visits.
The Circuit lists are especially important for those living in rural and remote areas of the country, as they provide access to legal services and the justice system. With this change, people living in these areas will have the same opportunities as those in larger cities to manage their cases and access the courts. This is great news for lawyers who work in family law and their clients alike, and it represents a significant step forward in creating a more equitable legal system.