When it comes to the family law system, the increase in patrons engaging in the Court system means a lot more than struggling to find a park or having to stand in the foyer.

It is also a contributing factor to lengthy delays and obstructed access to justice.

Now, there are increasing concerns that overcrowding in the Court may also pose a serious threat to security.

At least that is one of the prevailing sentiments among the submissions provided by the Law Council of Australia and the Family Court to the Australian Law Reform Commission review of the family law system.

In these submissions, a few startling statistics have been revealed.

The Family Court submission has revealed that 38,000 ‘dangerous items’ were seized from persons entering the Court ranging from hidden kitchen knives and handguns to a live snake.

When dealing with constant threats of this magnitude, it’s understandably important that those managing the courts are equipped with the necessary resources to reliably control any risk.

According to the submission by the Law Council of Australia, this may not always be the case.

Regional courts are tasked with a workload which is sometimes extending into the realm of impossibility.

Judges are commonly facing 50 to 70 case court lists for a single day, which presents serious challenges for security personnel.

The final ALRC report is due to be completed and submitted to the Attorney-General in the 31st of March 2019 so it remains to be seen how these concerns are addressed.

Lucy Urach

Lucy Urach

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