Second Magistrate Allocated to Domestic and Family Violence Magistrates Court trial at Southport

A second magistrate will be allocated to help meet the demand for services at the trial of the specialist domestic and family violence magistrates court at Southport.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said a six-month trial of the specialist court started at Southport on September 1.

“The number of domestic and family violence matters at Southport Magistrates Court has increased significantly with the greater awareness and attention on this issue,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“A second magistrate will be allocated to assist with the high workload of the court, in addition to other innovations including dedicated registry staff, improvements to the court’s facilities and duty lawyer services.”

Mrs D’Ath said the trial was designed to enhance the safety of victims and their children through timely, coordinated and consistent responses to victims and perpetrators.

McLaughlins Lawyers welcome the introduction of the specialist domestic and family violence Court in Southport and are pleased to hear of the appointment of another specialist Magistrate to work in the Court. We hope this means that Applications will be heard and finalised without delay. At McLaughlins Lawyers, we are experienced in dealing with Protection Order Applications and regularly represent Applicants and Respondents to such Applications. We have experience in obtaining Temporary Protection Orders, Variations to existing Orders and appearing at Final Hearings.

If you need a lawyer on the Gold Coast to assist with your domestic violence matter we ask that you please contact our office on (07) 5591 5099 today.

Writer: Elise Foote

Partner: Sophie Pearson

Date: 23/10/2015