Magistrates' Court and Children's Court consider pursuing an information-sharing arrangement between the Family and Federal Circuit Courts

Recommendation 136


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Court Services Victoria

The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Children’s Court of Victoria consider pursuing a formal information-sharing arrangement or protocol with the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia that is consistent with the new information- sharing regime in the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic), as recommended by the Commission. The protocol should clearly set out the purpose of and principles for information exchange and allow communication between the jurisdictions in relation to process. Among the information to be exchanged between courts should be relevant court documents such as court orders, judgments, court reports and transcripts. The protocol should be regularly reviewed.