Family courts buckle under load

Brisbane’s 10 federal magistrates are drowning in family disputes, with the number of cases growing by 9.3 per cent, and the number yet to be finalised swelling by 21 per cent, Australia-wide.

Brisbane is regarded as one of Australia’s busiest federal court registries.

As an example, in Brisbane on Tuesday, each federal magistrate working in “duty week” had less than 10 minutes to make a decision on each of the 36 family law issues listed before him or her that day.

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