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

Your PS News Network

mapoz sa vic nswnsw wawa qldqld apsaps sasa act actact vicvic
World PS News
On camera legal advice for unrepresented
news3

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 (www.comcourts.gov.au) 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 www.youtube.com/familycourtAU or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia's YouTube channel at this PS News link.

Popular PS Content

International News

Public Service news and events from around the world

Talking Point

In depth discussions on current topical issues

Personal Development

Expert advice in areas such as training, development, grooming and health.

PS Infocus

Photos and faces from PS gatherings

PS Features

A weekly round-up of features of interest to the Public Service

Book Reviews

Reviews of some of the latest, most relevant books of interest to PS News readers

Pick of the Flicks

The latest and best in special interest and collectable DVDs and Blu-Ray movies

Out of Hours

With travel, wine and dine, motoring and movies

print
pdf
Email a friend