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Federal Circuit court

About this Court

The purpose of the Federal Circuit Court is to assist in determining far less complex family law matters and to determine general law matters in the federal jurisdiction. The Federal Circuit Court deals with a higher volume of cases which relieves the workload of the Family Court.

In family law matters which requires adjudication by a court, it is hard to know whether to initiate a case with the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court. There are a number of differences between the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court to consider when deciding which court to start your proceedings.

The purpose of the Family Court is to assist in determining complex family law matters. The Family Court was created by the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) which means this Act regulates the Family Court’s jurisdiction and functions.

The purpose of the Federal Circuit Court is to assist in determining far less complex family law matters and to determine general law matters in the federal jurisdiction. The Federal Circuit Court deals with a higher volume of cases which relieves the workload of the Family Court. Its functions and jurisdiction are linked to family law and are set out in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 (Cth). The Federal Circuit Court hears matters such as:

  • Family law and child support;
  • Administrative law;
  • Privacy law;
  • Migration law;
  • Trade practices law;
  • Trademark and design law; and
  • Workplace relations.

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