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Self Represented Litigants Handbook

Many people are unable to afford a lawyer to help them to resolve family disputes. They can be at a disadvantage because the law is complicated and court processes are sometimes difficult to understand.

This booklet is designed to help those people who do not have a lawyer to present their cases in the Family Court of Western Australia. It is not a substitute for competent legal advice, but it is hoped the information provided will make it easier for you to navigate through the court system.

Judges and Magistrates must always remain impartial and not appear to help one side of a dispute to the disadvantage of the other. Whilst the Judge or Magistrate can provide some (very limited) assistance, it is expected that each party who does not have a lawyer will have tried their best to become familiar with this booklet before coming to Court.

The Court has received much positive feedback about earlier editions of the booklet. We would appreciate hearing from you about any way you feel that future editions might be improved.




1 September 2010

The Case Management Guidelines of the Family Court of Western Australia have been revoked and reissued with effect from 1 September 2010.

The major change relates to pre-trial conferences.  Any reference in this handbook to a pre-trial conference should now be read as a reference to a Readiness Hearing.  Please also read the new brochure “The Readiness Hearing”.

There are further minor amendments to the Case Management Guidelines which relate to the information in this handbook.

This handbook should be read in conjunction with the Case Management Guidelines.

Last updated: 13-Jan-2016

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