The Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 (“the Rules”) are reviewed regularly. The judges have agreed to a number of miscellaneous amendments.
The Rules and the Explanatory Statement are available at the following link: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L00982
The amendments in Schedule 2 extend the time a response must be filed and served from 14 days to 28 days of service of the application to which it relates. This amendment commences on 2 November 2017 to ensure parties and practitioners have time to prepare for the change to the timeline. Transitional provisions clarify that these amendments apply to applications made after the commencement of that Schedule.
The ‘Important notice to respondent(s)’ in the Initiating Application (Family Law) will be updated with the change and some other family law publications and webpages will also be updated to reflect this change. We will notify you again closer to the commencement dates with details.
Some General Federal Law forms and information will also be updated to reflect this change.
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