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Cite as: May 2015 89 (5) LIJ, p.60

Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Cash handling

The Family Court and Federal Circuit Court’s family law registries will be cashless from 1 July 2015.

Payment for filing and event based fees can still be made in registries via eftpos, debit card and credit card.

Some court filing fees can also be paid on line when filed using the Commonwealth Courts Portal.

Family Law Courts National Communication
31 March 2015

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Practice Direction No.1 2015

Citations of decisions of Australian Courts and Tribunals AustLII

  1. When citing a judgment to the Federal Circuit Court, the neutral citation for the judgment must be provided if the judgment has such a citation. Other citations for the judgment may be provided in addition. If the judgment is included in a series of authorised reports, the authorised report citation should be provided as an additional citation.
  2. Where a judgment is by the Federal Circuit Court, any copy provided to the Federal Circuit Court may be a copy of:
    • the version of the judgment available from AustLII in the “Signed by AustLII” format.
    • a version of the judgment published in a series of law reports by a commercial publisher or a council of law reporting.
    • versions from other sources and in such other formats as the Federal Circuit Court decides to accept.
  3. Where a judgment is by any other court or tribunal, any copy provided to the Federal Circuit Court may be a copy of:
    • the version of the judgment available from AustLII in the “Signed by AustLII” format.
    • a version of the judgment published in a series of law reports by a commercial publisher or a council of law reporting.
    • versions from other sources and in such other formats as the Federal Circuit Court decides to accept.
  4. When providing a copy of a judgment to the Federal Circuit Court, parties are required to check that the copy provided has not been replaced by any more recent copy of the judgment. This may be achieved by use of the updating facility provided in electronic copies of the “Signed by AustLII” judgments, or by equivalent means.
  5. The decisions of the Federal Circuit Court (formerly the Federal Magistrates Court) as published on AustLII are authenticated reports of the decisions of the Court and may be relied upon as such.

J PASCOE Chief Judge,
1 April 2015

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

1. Electronic Filing and Appearance System (EFAS)

EFAS has been in operation in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria since 2011. In early 2015 the system moved to a new platform and a number of enhancements have been made. The system has a new look and feel but maintains the existing functionality. Legal practitioners are still able to browse/search for cases, add representation, make adjournment requests and update hearing details.

The enhancements took effect on 30 March 2015.

2. Enhancements

2.1 New logon process: In the previous version of EFAS, a legal firm’s Legal Services Board number was the user ID. This has now been changed to the email address that was registered to the existing EFAS account. The password remains the same.

2.2 Adding individual legal practitioners to a firm’s account: In the previous version of EFAS, each firm could only have one registration.

This has now changed and once a legal firm has created an account on EFAS, individual solicitors are able to be added to that account. The individual solicitor accounts are created via the firm’s login through the Profiles tab, Staff Management and then select Add New. The new solicitor still appears as part of the initial firm.

Each solicitor will have their own username and password. They will be able to decide whether they want their name displayed to the public on the MCV daily lists. This is done through the Profile tab, under Contact details, by checking the box, Display name to public. Otherwise the individual legal practitioner’s name will only display to EFAS users.

2.3 Making a solicitor inactive: If you need to remove an individual solicitor listed under the firm’s login you can do this under Profile, Staff Management, then select the individual solicitor and uncheck the “Active” box.

2.4 Case representation: In the Case Representation (previously titled My Cases) view, a legal practitioner can choose to see their own cases or all their firm’s cases.

2.5 Search screens: All columns in the search screens can be sorted and filtered as the user desires.

2.6 Email notifications: EFAS now allows a firm and/or individual legal practitioner to be udpated, by email, if case details are changed. Most commonly this will occur when an adjournment is made, but also may occur if the time of a hearing, location of hearing or if a case is abridged. All hearing details are updated on a nightly basis, and the emails will be automatically sent after the nightly update is complete.

2.7 Requests and history: The Requests and History tabs display on the new EFAS appears slightly different to the previous version. The Request and History tabs will appear after your representation is added. Requests can now be modified before a response is received from the Court Coordinator. This is done by clicking on the Request tab.

2.8 Printing: The pop up box for printing will no longer display. Instead, a link will appear. Once selected, you will be able to print the document if desired.

3. Questions

If you have any questions regarding the new EFAS system, please email us at efas@ magistratescourt.vic.gov.au. \

26 March 2015

State Revenue Office

Back to Work Scheme

The Back to Work (BTW) Scheme, which we are administering, encourages and supports employment growth in Victoria by providing financial assistance to businesses that employ the long-term unemployed, unemployed youth and retrenched workers.

BTW payments are intended to help offset employment costs associated with hiring and training these employees. These payments can be claimed from 1 July 2015.

Further information about the BTW Scheme, including which employers and employees are eligible to participate, is now available on our website www.sro.vic.gov.au or by following this link: http://go.vic.gov.au/fRbfeJ.

Customer Education Unit
27 March 2015

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