Queensland Law Society

Welcome relief for families in dispute

Date 12 Dec 2012
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
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Queensland Law Society today welcomed the announcement of Queensland judicial appointments to the Family Court of Australia as a means of hopefully speeding up delayed judgments.

Jenny Hogan SC will be appointed to the Brisbane Registry and Peter Tree SC to the Townsville Registry, effective 14 January 2013.

President Dr John de Groot commended the Federal Attorney-General for the appointments which will bring welcome relief to the Townsville and Brisbane registries.

“We have long-advocated for these appointments, particularly as the Townsville Registry was running on limited resources after the retirement of Justice Monteith in November 2011,” Dr de Groot said.

“And Brisbane will be grateful to have Ms Hogan appointed.

“In the Brisbane registry we have 22 delayed judgments with some that have been waiting 12 months for a decision to be handed down.

“Delayed judgments occur when parties are waiting longer than three months for resolution of their case.

“As you can imagine, the stress this places on families can be quite painful and can even result in children spending longer than they should in unsuitable home environments.

“We look forward to some alleviation of these issues and will continue to advocate to the courts to resolve delayed judgments on behalf of solicitors.”

“On behalf of the Society, I congratulate Ms Hogan and Mr Tree on their appointments and wish them well in the conduct of their important roles.”