19 October 2016

The Federal Circuit Court joins an expanding number of Australian courts that have embraced the use of social media as it announces the official commencement of its Twitter account today at the National Family Law Conference.

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court) is Australia’s largest federal court and deals with the majority of all family law cases such as divorce, parenting and property applications. The Court’s jurisdiction also covers migration, workplace relations and other general federal law matters.

The Court’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Stewart Fenwick said, “the Federal Circuit Court is the busiest federal court in Australia with over 90,000 applications filed every year. Launching our Twitter account will give our followers more immediate access to court information and is ideally suited for people from the legal sector, government and media, or members of the public who are interested in the Court’s work.

“As a modern court, the introduction of Twitter is a further commitment to the use of technology as an efficient means of managing court processes. This includes the use of the Commonwealth Courts Portal for court users to file and manage their case, eFiling documents, online divorce applications, online payment mechanism, video conferencing into courtrooms, Live Chat for immediate interaction for general enquiries and digital resources and videos to help litigants navigate the court process.

“Since July this year, the Federal Circuit Court assumed responsibility for managing all family law registries throughout Australia (except WA) and the National Enquiry Centre which manages over 380,000 family law related enquires every year. As part of that role, the Court is required to communicate news and information that may need to be urgently disseminated to court users. Twitter provides an effective and cost-effective tool to deliver this.”

With many litigants representing themselves at various stages of their case, the Court has a wide range of fact sheets to assist self-represented litigants. Links to that information will be tweeted, as well as:

  • Judgments, reports and publications

  • Legislative news - changes to rules, practice directions, forms or fee updates

  • Commonwealth Courts Portal news

  • Media releases and statements  

The Court’s Twitter handle is @FedCctCourtAU and a copy of the Court’s social media policy can be accessed from: http://www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/about/about-social-media/

Media contact: Denise Healy, National Media and Public Affairs Manager
Telephone: 03 8600 4357 or 0409 743 695