ebulletin #58       October      2016  

Regional Info 

Dear Stakeholders & Service providers,
The CatholicCare Families and Communities Program is currently requesting input from stakeholders to assist with our planning of service provision. One of the ways that we gather input is through our annual survey. 
We ask that you take the time to complete this brief survey about our service, even if you are not currently referring anyone to CatholicCare. We value your feedback and hope that it can identify our strengths and potential growth areas for our program.
Kind regards,
Jennifer Wills

Foster Care Contact Supervisor & Client Services Officer
CatholicCare | Diocese of Wollongong

Family Law Practitioners -- (26-8-16)

Good afternoon Colleagues,
I have a few matters to bring to your attention:
  1. Save the date for the Xmas function:– Friday 9 December from 6.00 pm.
  2.  A reminder to all that Safety Plans for parties in proceedings need to be organised ahead of the actual Court date. Safety plans need to be arranged with the National Enquiry Centre. 
  1. The Registry has said that there have been some cases of the Court being asked to remit payment of conduct money for Subpoenas. It will be helpful if practitioners make it clear to entities Subpoenaed that the payment of conduct money is the responsibility of the party issuing the Subpoena and not the Court.
  1. Anne Hollingworth has recommended the following resources as being useful to all family law practitioners but especially ICLs:
  •    communication tool for co-parenting when parents can’t talk but must. Messaging (with a politeness “spell checker”), Calendar, Info bank (shared medical records, photos etc.) Expense log ( tracking shared expenses and reimbursements). There’s a way for approved helpers (counsellors, doctors, teachers) to log in ( free to them) to report or advise.  Available on the web and as a mobile app. $130 p.a. and free to hardship cases.
Have a great Friday and a restful weekend. 
Yours faithfully        
Lorelle Longbottom

Professional Development

Can video or audio recordings be used in the Family Court?

28 minute audio interview ABC radio

Smart phones and other recording devices are having a big impact on the Family Court.

Judges and lawyers say it is now common for parties to try to admit audio or video evidence to support their arguments.

What do lawyers advise their clients about this sort of evidence and what are the views of the Family Court?  (Click to listen)


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