Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Assent
Parliament no
45

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Summary

Amends the Family Law Act 1975 to: prohibit personal cross-examination where there is an allegation of family violence between the parties to the proceedings and certain circumstances are satisfied; provide that if personal cross-examination is prohibited, cross-examination must be conducted by a legal representative; and provide that, if there is an allegation of family violence and personal cross-examination is not prohibited, the court must ensure that there are appropriate protections for the party who is the alleged victim of the family violence.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 28 Jun 2018
Second reading moved 28 Jun 2018
Second reading debate 10 Sep 2018
Second reading debate 11 Sep 2018
Second reading agreed to 11 Sep 2018
Third reading agreed to 11 Sep 2018
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 12 Sep 2018
Second reading moved 12 Sep 2018
Second reading debate 05 Dec 2018
Second reading agreed to 05 Dec 2018
Third reading agreed to 05 Dec 2018
Finally passed both Houses 05 Dec 2018
Assent
  • Act no: 159
  • Year: 2018
10 Dec 2018

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