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New laws bolster access to justice

New laws bolster access to justice

New laws, passed today, will ease confusion for litigators and give more power to the heads of the federal courts.

NEW laws, passed today, will ease confusion for litigators and give more power to the heads of the federal courts.

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today welcomed the passage through the Senate of the Access to Justice (Civil Litigation Reforms) Amendment Bill 2009.

The Bill introduces reforms to the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976, the Family Law Act 1975, and the Federal Magistrates Act 1999 to ensure effective operation of the federalcourts.

“The passing of this legislation forms a key part of the Rudd Government’s agenda to improve access to justice,” McClelland said.

“The Bill introduces important reforms to the case management powers of the Federal Court aimed at reducing unnecessary delay and time spent in court.”

The Bill also provides for more streamlined appeals pathways to reduce confusion for litigants and assist the Federal Court in the best management of its resources, and greater clarity of the powers and responsibilities of the heads of the federal courts to enhance public confidence in the administration of justice in Australia.

“The Government is committed to achieving an effective and affordable civil justice system which will improve access to justice for all Australians,” McClelland said.

“More than ever before, it is imperative we have a well-functioning justice system better equipped to assist people when they most need assistance, advice and guidance.

“Australia cannot afford a legal system where the cure of litigation is worse than the affliction of the dispute.”



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