Court delays can add to family problems

CURRENTLY there are six sittings a year with a Federal Circuit Court Judge in Rocky, which means people may wait eight or nine weeks after filing a proceeding just to get a return date.

Terry Tummon, President of the Central Queensland Law Society, said these delays add to the angst.

"That becomes particularly concerning when you've got urgent children's matters that need to be heard," he said.

"These delays add to stressors which then turn into problems, including domestic violence.

"The fact that we'll be able to get a resident judge will mean there will be a reduced wait time in terms of getting back before the court, getting decisions and getting matters sorted out."

While Attorney-General George Brandis admitted the appointment had been a long time coming, he praised the tenacity of Capricornia MP Michelle for making it happen.

"(Family law) is something that is very volatile, there's a lot of emotions involved with it, so if we can get it resolved more quickly then people can get on with their lives," she said.



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