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Merging courts won’t take away social problems

On Perth Tonight Chris spoke with Lawyer John Butler about Attorney General, Christian Porter’s announced changes to the family law system.

Mr Butler told Chris that Western Australia “probably won’t start to see changes for much longer than those in the Eastern States”.

“The Federal Government over many years have sought to punish the family court and sometimes family lawyers have invited that punishment with their attitude towards government,” Mr Butler said.

“There is certainly a need for change,” he said.

“The problems that the attorney general has identified… are unreasonable delays and that’s a real problem…it shouldn’t take so long to get to a trial and it shouldn’t take so long to get a decision.”

“These are social problems and merging the court won’t take away those problems.”

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