2017/18 Annual Report

The Courts Committee continues to play an important role as a conduit for two-way feedback, and the dissemination of information to practitioners, between the Law Society, the Federal Court, Supreme Court, Family Court, State Administrative Tribunal, District Court and Magistrates Court.

In 2017/18, the Courts Committee assisted the Law Society to make submissions on various reforms and rule changes, including submissions to:

  • the Supreme Court regarding the rules in respect to the amendment of writs, the timing of applications for special costs orders and the Practice Directions in respect to expert evidence;
  • the Law Council of Australia regarding the law of contempt;
  • the Magistrates Court regarding applications to set aside default judgment;
  • the Attorney General in relation to necessary amendments to the Suitors Fund Act 1964 (WA); and
  • the Attorney General and the Chief Magistrate regarding proposals for improving the efficiency of court processes in the Magistrates Court.

In addition, the Committee has monitored issues and liaised with the Supreme Court and District Court in relation to electronic filing and has considered ways to help address challenges that arise when a party to court proceedings is a self-represented litigant. The Courts Committee was also involved in consultations regarding a proposal for a community justice centre in Western Australia and the ongoing issue of delays in the Family Court.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford,