Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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On camera legal advice for unrepresented

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have launched their official YouTube channels to provide informational videos aimed at helping un-represented litigants with court procedures relating to family law.

Chief Executive Officer of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, Richard Foster said the courts received about 45,000 divorce applications a year and of those applications almost 70 per cent had no legal representation.

Mr Foster said one aspect of the divorce process, serving documents, had been identified as an area which caused most confusion to some clients and was the subject of the first video.

He said How to apply for a divorce: serving divorce papers was produced by the courts to help un-represented litigants understand and carry out the process of service in divorce applications.

Mr Foster said this video was the first in a series of videos planned to provide court users with simple information in a digital format which differs from the usual printed fact sheet.

Courts launch YouTube channels

"The courts aim to help clients through the legal system in what is often a difficult time in their lives," he said.

"The move from traditional to online media reflects the ways in which clients are searching for information and also reflects the changing ways in which people are consuming information."

Mr Foster said this was a further step in the use of technology and social media as a means to make the court process more accessible and to better communicate with court users.

The Family Court has been using Twitter (@FamilyCourtAU) since October 2012 and both courts actively encourage the use of the Commonwealth Courts Portal ( as a way to file and manage documents.

To view How to apply for a divorce: serving divorce papers visit the Family Court of Australia's YouTube channel at this PS News link or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's YouTube channel at this PS News link.

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