3.112 The committee recommends—in addition to the allocated
funding as detailed in the Explanatory Memorandum—that the proposed new
divisions of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia be provided with
additional resources for Registrars to assist with the backlog of cases.
3.114 The committee recommends that an appellate division
of the Federal Court of Australia not be created and instead the existing
appellate jurisdiction of the Family Court of Australia be retained into the
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 1).
3.117 The committee recommends that the qualifications of
judges in Division 2, as per proposed paragraph 79(2)(b), be amended to
ensure that they have the appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and
3.119 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government pursue the immediate appointment of suitable candidates to vacant
judiciary positions in the family courts and consider whether there is a need
to appoint additional judges.
3.122 Subject to the adoption of the above recommendations,
the committee recommends that the bills be passed.
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