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Inquiry into the Magistrates Court of Western Australia's management of matters involving family and domestic violence


Inquiry status:Current
Date commenced:14 Aug 2019
Tabling date:25 Jun 2020
Deadline for submissions:11 Oct 2019
Committee:Community Development and Justice Standing Committee
House:Legislative Assembly
Media Statements:No Media Statements released
Important Information:Inquiry submission guidelines.pdfInquiry submission guidelines.pdf
Terms of Reference:The Community Development and Justice Standing Committee will inquire into and report on the Magistrates Court of Western Australia’s management of matters involving family and domestic violence. In particular, the Committee will consider:

1. The challenges experienced by the Magistrates Court of Western Australia and court users in matters involving family and domestic violence, including:

    a. Ease of access
    b. Cost of access
    c. Access to advice, support and programs
2. How other jurisdictions manage matters involving family and domestic violence, including examination of non-adversarial models.

3. Ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia’s management of matters involving family and domestic violence.


Submission Number Submitting person/organisation
008The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Inc. received on 24 Sep 2019
009Hon. Eugene Hyman received on 25 Sep 2019
010Magistrates Court of Western Australia received on 27 Sep 2019
012Women's Council for Domestic Violence and Family Violence Services received on 1 Oct 2019
013Mr Philip Cockman received on 5 Oct 2019
015Children's Court of Western Australia received on 10 Oct 2019
016Aboriginal Family Law Services received on 10 Oct 2019
017Gosnells Community Legal Centre Inc received on 10 Oct 2019
019Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre Inc. received on 21 Oct 2019
020Relationships Australia Western Australia received on 11 Oct 2019
022Family Law Practitioners' Association of Western Australia Inc. received on 11 Oct 2019
023Magistrates' Society of Western Australia Inc. received on 11 Oct 2019
024Centrecare received on 11 Oct 2019
025Associate Professor Sarah Murray received on 11 Oct 2019
027Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia received on 14 Oct 2019
029Magistrate Horrigan, Children's Court of Western Australia received on 14 Oct 2019
030Community Legal Western Australia received on 16 Oct 2019
031National Judicial College of Australia received on 17 Oct 2019
032Department of Justice received on 17 Oct 2019
033Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime - Department of Justice received on 18 Oct 2019
034Associate Professor Jill Howieson received on 18 Oct 2019
035Department of Communities received on 21 Oct 2019
036Queensland Courts received on 22 Oct 2019
037Adelaide Magistrates Court received on 22 Oct 2019
038Legal Aid Western Australia received on 23 Oct 2019
039Western Australia Police Force received on 29 Oct 2019
040Living Proud LGBTI Community Services of WA received on 8 Nov 2019
042Aboriginal Males Healing Centre received on 15 Nov 2019
Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms, Level 1/11 Harvest Tce, West Perth

DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastTranscript
13 Nov 201909:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Aboriginal Family Law ServicesMs Corina Martin (Chief Executive Officer) and Mrs Linda Cao (Senior Lawyer)
13 Nov 201910:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Department of JusticeMs Joanne Stampalia, Executive Manager (Court and Tribunal Services) Ms Teresa Tagliaferri (Director, Victim Support Services)
20 Nov 201909:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Magistrates Court of Western AustraliaChief Magistrate Steven Heath
20 Nov 201911:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Magistrates’ Society of Western AustraliaMagistrate Deen Potter (President) and Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins (Member)
27 Nov 201910:15 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 1Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence ServicesMs Kedy Kristal (Acting Chief Executive Officer)
10 Feb 202009:30 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Children's Court of Western AustraliaJudge Julie Wager (President) and Magistrate Andrée Horrigan
10 Feb 202010:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Department of JusticeMs Katalin Kraszlan (Acting Commissioner for Victims of Crime)
10 Feb 202011:45 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Department of CommunitiesMs Michelle Andrews (Director General)
10 Feb 202001:30 PMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4WA PoliceAssistant Commissioner Kylie Whitely, Superintendent Martin Cope and Superintendent Sharron Leonhardt
11 Mar 202010:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 2Community Legal WA and Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre Inc
11 Mar 202011:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 2CentrecareMr Rod West (Executive Manager)
18 Mar 202010:00 AMLegislative Assembly Committee Office - Meeting Room 4Family Court of Western AustraliaHonourable Chief Judge Sutherland
Videos:
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Ms Joanne Stampalia (Executive Director, Court and Tribunal Services, Department of Justice) and Ms Teresa Tagliaferri (Director, Court Counselling and Support Services, Department of Justice) on 13 Nov 2019
Evidence by.. Ms Mary Martin (Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Family Law Services) and Ms Linda Cao (Senior Lawyer, Aboriginal Family Law Services) on 13 Nov 2019
Evidence by.. Mr Steven Heath (Chief Magistrate, Magistrates Court of Western Australia) on 20 Nov 2019
Evidence by.. Mr Deen Potter (President, Magistrates' Society of Western Australia Inc) and Ms Jennifer Hawkins (Magistrate, Magistrates' Society of Western Australia Inc) on 20 Nov 2019
Evidence by.. Ms KEDY KRISTAL (Acting CEO, Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services) on 27 Nov 2019
Evidence by.. Ms Michelle Andrews (Director General, Department of Communities), Ms Tanya Elson (Director, Children and Families) and Ms Astrid Kalders (Executive Director, Children and Families) on 10 Feb 2020
Evidence by.. Ms Kylie Whiteley (Assistant Commissioner, Operations Support, Western Australia Police Force), Ms Sharron Leonhardt (Superintendent, Family Violence Division, Western Australia Police Force) and Mr Martin Cope (Superintendent, Prosecuting Services Division, Western Australia Police Force) on 10 Feb 2020
Evidence by.. Ms Katalin Kraszlan (Acting Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice), Mr Michael Johnson (Director, Magistrates Courts and Tribunals, Department of Justice) and Mr Thomas Samuels (Legal Policy Officer, Department of Justice) on 10 Feb 2020
Evidence by.. Judge Julie Wager (President, Children's Court of Western Australia) and Magistrate Andrée Horrigan (Magistrate, Children's Court of Western Australia) on 10 Feb 2020
Related Reports:
Report No Title Date tabled Related documents