Included in the recent rule amendments contained in the Federal Circuit Court Amendment (Costs and Other Measures) Rules 2017 was an amendment to 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 and applies to applications made after the commencement.
As a consequence of this amendment, the ‘Important notice to respondent(s)’ in the Initiating Application (Family Law) and some other family law publications and webpages will be updated to reflect this change. The updated Initiating Application and other material will be available at www.familycourt.gov.au and www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au on Thursday 2 November 2017.
The Rules and the Explanatory Statement are available at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2017L00982