The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia launched their official YouTube channels in February this year with the aim of posting videos that will help court users with court procedures relating to family law.

Today, the courts have launched a third video which explains the benefits to litigants and family law practitioners in registering and using the Commonwealth Courts Portal to submit some documents and to manage their case(s).

The Commonwealth Courts Portal (www.comcourts.gov.au) provides an accessible and easy way for people who are representing themselves in family law proceedings to submit and pay for their applications and to view important information such as future court dates, court orders and outcomes.

A significant advantage in using the portal is that court users, whether they’re a lawyer or someone who is representing themselves, can access the site 24 hours, 7 days a week from any location nationally or internationally. All that is required is a computer and internet access. 

Using the portal also avoids having to travel to a court registry or to post documents.

Registered users receive a secure username and password which is unique to them and cannot be accessed by others. 

Richard Foster, Chief Executive Officer of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court said that the Commonwealth Courts Portal has been a very successful initiative for the courts and there are now nearly 150,000 registered users.

“The Portal is already heavily used by lawyers and with this video we are encouraging litigants who are representing themselves in family law proceedings to sign up, so they can manage their case without the added stress of having to come to a registry to submit applications or to seek copies of their orders or outcomes for example.

This is particularly helpful for those who live in regional locations or people who cannot easily access court registries in person,” Mr Foster added.

To view the video about the portal, 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  

To register with the Commonwealth Courts Portal, visit www.comcourts.gov.au and follow the instructions.

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