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Authority

The Family Court of Western Australia was established in 1976 as a State court under the Family Court Act 1975.

Jurisdiction

The court is presided over by judges, magistrates and registrars. It is vested with State and Federal jurisdiction in matters of family law and deals with divorce, property of a marriage or defacto relationship, matters relating to children, maintenance and adoptions.

The Department of the Attorney General (WA) provides administrative and logistical support for the operation of this court, which is federally funded.

Structure

Judicial officers

  • Five judges
  • One principal registrar/magistrate
  • Seven family law magistrates
  • Two registrars
Non-judicial officers
  • One executive manager
  • Forty six registry staff
  • Twenty six judicial support officers
Counsellors
  • One director, counselling  and consultancy service
  • One manager, counselling and consultancy service
  • Sixteen family consultants

Location

The principal registry is located at 150 Terrace Road, Perth, Western Australia.

The court sits in Perth, but country circuits are conducted at specified regional centres at Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha and South Hedland.

Local magistrates have limited jurisdiction in country locations, dealing mainly with enforcement matters and interim applications.

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