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The New Family Justice System - 15 months on - webinar package

NZ $255.00
Her Hon Judge Mary O'Dwyer 2015 Emma Parsons 2015
Her Hon Judge Mary O'Dwyer
Emma Parsons

Webinar Package includes:

Archive Presentation  l  Booklet  l  PowerPoint Presentation

Webinar Package Fee (incl GST)

  • $205 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $255 - Non-members

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Webinar Archive Presentation

Presentation time: 120 minutes

The Family Law reforms introduced on 31 March 2014 involved fundamental changes to family law process, access to the Family Court and to Family Court procedure.

This seminar is a must for anyone practising family law. It will review legislative rule changes and discuss the ramifications of these 15 months on.

With these new rules having been in effect for over a year now, this seminar provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on the changes in practise.

Learn how to best deal with the effects of these changes in assisting clients and in practising high quality family law.

Topics covered will include:

  • Philosophy of family law
  • A review of out of court, into court and in court processes
  • Professionals and cost issues
  • Legislative changes and implications
  • Safety Analysis - how is this now done?
  • Miscellaneous topics arising from the reforms.

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Authors: Her Hon Judge Mary O'Dwyer, Emma Parsons
Published: 17 June 2015
Pages: 239


The Family Justice System reforms took effect from 31 March 2014. As noted in the 2014 NZLS CLE March seminar, this represented the most far reaching legislative changes seen since the Family Court’s inception a generation ago in 1980.

The ideology which informed the reforms was the philosophical belief that lawyers and Court are a last resort for parties who are otherwise better off (other than in cases of urgency) sorting their disputes themselves, and with the assistance of a mediator where required.

Whereas the March 2014 seminar covered an introduction, in broad terms, to the legislative changes, out of court/pre court processes, mechanisms for getting into Court, new tracks and ramifications for lawyer, this seminar will review the effects of the changes so far on the practice of family law. It will look at the consequences of the changes - intended and unintended - and comment on where things are for practitioners 15 months on since the reforms came into effect. The seminar booklet from the March 2014 seminar remains a valuable resource for the introduction to the reforms and their impact and this booklet is best read in conjunction with that.

As with the previous seminar, we don’t pretend to have all the answers, and we acknowledge that there will be both regional and knowledge variations in relation to the impact of the changes. We are aware that in conjunction, with the reforms to the Family Justice System, there have been other changes including (but not limited to) legal aid changes to eligibility, requirements to repay with interest, fixed rates, centralisation of courts in certain regions, and a marked increase in e-Duty Without Notice applications that compound the effects of the reforms - it is beyond this seminar’s scope to also comment on all those changes individually. What we do hope to achieve is to further develop an understanding of the changes, its effects and its ramifications in a way that enables practitioners to have a better understanding of the law as it is and hopefully assist in the ongoing development of practising good quality law.

PowerPoint Presentation

These are the slides included in the webinar presentation.
Number of Slides: 64

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