27 February 2014

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have launched their official YouTube channels to provide informational videos aimed at helping un-represented litigants with court procedures relating to family law.

The courts receive about 45,000 divorce applications a year. Of those 45,000 applications almost 70 per cent have no legal representation. One aspect of the divorce process, serving documents, has been identified as an area which causes most confusion to some clients and is the subject of the first video.

How to apply for a divorce: serving divorce papers was produced by the courts to help un-represented litigants understand and carry out the process of service in divorce applications. This video is the first in a series of videos planned to provide court users with simple information in a digital format which differs from the usual printed fact sheet.

Richard Foster, Chief Executive Officer, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, said ‘The courts aim to help clients through the legal system in what is often a difficult time in their lives. The move from traditional to online media reflects the ways in which clients are searching for information and also reflects the changing ways in which people are consuming information.’

This is a further step in the use of technology and social media as a means to make the court process more accessible and to better communicate with court users. The Family Court has been using Twitter (@FamilyCourtAU) since October 2012 and both courts actively encourage the use of the Commonwealth Courts Portal (www.comcourts.gov.au) as a way to file and manage documents.

To view the video How to apply for a divorce: serving divorce papers visit the Family Court of Australia’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/familycourtAU or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s YouTube channel atwww.youtube.com/federalcircuitcourt  

 

Media contact: Denise Healy, Media and Public Affairs Manager
telephone: 03 8600 4357 or 0409 743 695
email: denise.healy@familycourt.gov.au