The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have launched an online video for people without legal representation (unrepresented litigants) which explains what to expect when attending a court appointment or hearing for the first time.

The video, which can be accessed from the courts’ YouTube channels, provides an insight into preparing for court: what to bring to court, what to do when arriving, the layout of a courtroom, how to address a judge and general court etiquette. Many people involved in family law cases have never needed to attend court before and this video aims to remove unnecessary stress or anxiety about what to expect.

Over 30 per cent of the Federal Circuit Court’s family law cases during 2013–14 involved at least one party with no legal representation. Similarly, in the Family Court, almost 30 per cent of cases involved at least one party with no legal representation. Unrepresented litigants provide a unique challenge to the courts as they often require extra resources to finalise their cases in a timely manner.

Richard Foster, Chief Executive Officer of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court said, ‘It is easy for clients of the courts’ to feel overwhelmed when attending a court hearing or appointment. This video will help them to be more prepared and more comfortable with the surroundings and the procedures they need to follow.’

This is a further resource that the courts have added to YouTube this year, including the video How to apply for a divorce: serving divorce papers receiving almost 7000 views on both courts’ channels.

To view the Court Tour visit the Family Court of Australia’s YouTube channel at:

www.youtube.com/familycourtAU

or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s YouTube channel at: 

www.youtube.com/federalcircuitcourt

 

Denise Healy
National Media and Public Affairs Manager
Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Phone: 03 8600 4357 or 0409 743 695
Email: denise.healy@familycourt.gov.au