30 June 2016

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have launched an online video aimed at assisting litigants who do not have legal representation (unrepresented litigants).

The video explains how to file documents and manage cases online through the Commonwealth Courts Portal. Specifically, it provides instructions such as how to:

  • register
  • login
  • start a new file
  • link your file
  • search for your files, and
  • access and print your proof of divorce.

The Commonwealth Courts Portal (www.comcourts.gov.au) provides an accessible and easier way for unrepresented litigants to manage their cases. Registered users can submit and pay for their applications, and view important information such as future court dates and court orders and outcomes – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without the need to visit a registry.

The Portal is becoming a popular choice when lodging applications and other documents with the courts. In 2014–15 there were over 193,288 documents eFiled via the Portal.

Richard Foster, Chief Executive Officer of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court said, ‘The Commonwealth Courts Portal is a valuable resource for lawyers, and importantly for unrepresented litigants, to eFile documents from their home or business. Managing family law matters can be confusing and time-consuming, but the courts are committed to providing tools such as this video to explain how it can be simplified.’

View the You Tube video

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