Family Court of Western Australia

News & Media Releases

Press Release: The Honourable Stephen Thackray


The Honourable Stephen Thackray, the former Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia, has passed away unexpectedly after suffering a brain aneurism. He was 65.

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Public Gatherings and Regional Travel Restrictions


The WA Government has now introduced further restrictions on certain gatherings and travel within Western Australia to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. This news items explains the restrictions as they apply to attendance at the Court and parties obligations under parenting plans, court orders or other parenting agreements.

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Public Notice: COVID-19 (25 Mar 2020)


The Court's priority at this time is with the health and safety of its staff and users. The patience of all court users with any disruption to the business of the Court is appreciated. The following directions in relation to the business of the Family Court of Western Australia are effective immediately. Download Family Court of Western Australia - Public Notice - Covid-19

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Callover Friday 27 March 2020 is Cancelled


Given the current, but constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Court has determined it is not appropriate to hold a Callover this Friday 27 March 2020.

See Callover List web page for more details>

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Managing Parenting in a Pandemic


This Top Ten Guide for managing parenting in a pandemic document was produced by the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and was inspired by a publication from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in the US.

The Family Law Section has compiled these TOP TEN suggestions to help separated parents navigate this difficult time.

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Mediation Pilot Interim Report - Jul to Dec 2019


From 15 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, the Family Court of WA is conducting a mediation pilot program. An interim report for July to December 2019 is now available.

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