The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia welcome the announcement of new appointments to the courts

The Commonwealth Attorney General, the Hon Christian Porter announced the appointments of Dr Timothy McEvoy QC as a judge to the Family Court of Australia and Ms Alice Carter as a judge to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Dr McEvoy will be assigned to the Melbourne registry of the Family Court, commencing on 27 March 2019 and Ms Carter will commence in the Melbourne registry of the Federal Circuit Court on 14 March 2019.

Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Hon Will Alstergren welcomes the announcement of much needed judicial resources to assist with family law cases in the Melbourne registry.

“Our Victorian registries receive approximately 5,800 family law applications (for final orders) each year, seeking the resolution of disputes between separating couples relating to children and property matters.

In addition, the Federal Circuit Court conducts an extensive circuit program in many regional towns to ensure that people living in rural and regional locations have access to the justice system for their family law disputes.

“The appointments of Dr McEvoy and Ms Carter will provide significant assistance in dealing effectively with these matters.

“The judges of these courts work extremely hard and we are determined to continue to investigate ways in which we can improve how family law cases are dealt with.

“It is critical that we build the public’s trust and confidence in court practices by providing a case management system that simplifies procedures and makes it easier for people to understand what the courts can do in relation to resolving family law disputes.

Both Dr McEvoy and Ms Carter have extensive experience in the family law jurisdiction and that wealth of experience will greatly assist the courts’ endeavour to improve the family law system. I look forward to the opportunity to work with them,” Chief Justice Alstergren said