Queensland Law Society

Chief of Family Court concedes the need for more judges and opens door for a Federal Judicial Commission to stop political appointments

Australia’s Federal Circuit and Family Courts need up to five new judges, would benefit from considerable additional funding, and are moving fast to clear a backlog of delayed judgements, according to the court’s chief judge.

In an exclusive interview with Queensland Law Society’s Proctor magazine, the Chief Justice of both the Family Court and Federal Circuit Courts—Will Alstergren—recently spoke candidly about his reasons why the courts need more judges, the much publicised impact of Family Court delays, the need for more Federal Government funding and he was committed to deliver an expected “20 to 30 percent’’ improvement in courts output over the next 12 months.

To read his views on past mistakes, plans for the future and his vision for both courts going forward, read the November edition of Proctor.