In August 2016, TC Beirne School of Law and the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration released the initial version of their ‘bench book’ for Courts across Australia dealing with family violence. A bench book is a guide to Judges and Magistrates to assist them in applying risk assessment systems, case law, and making suggestions in coming to decisions.
It is a difficult task for lawyer, judges and people caught in the family violence systems to ensure they can assess situations with the impartiality, reality-testing and credibility required of them, and the guide aims to simplify this process for the judiciary, resulting in a more consistent framework that better protects those in need, and better recognises when people are not being genuine in their desire for, or opposition to, an order being made.
Clients will often speak of a Judge or Magistrates having taken a view about them personally and not treating them, in their view, fairly. This guide should help in ensuring that there is a consistent and clear approach and restore damaged confidence in aspects of the system.
Of course our lawyers have many decades of experience dealing with family violence matters and providing clients with realistic and sensible advice in obtaining, opposing, or renewing orders and if you do have a concern about your situation, we encourage you to call us to discuss your situation.
We are available on 03 9614 7111 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.