What is the Evatt List in family law?

What is the Evatt List in family law?

By Kayla Curtis

· Read time: 3 minutes

The Evatt list is a specialised court list created to deal with the most at risk cases presented to the courts.

A team of the most senior Judicial Registrars, Judicial Registrars, Court Child Experts and court staff, in consultation with Judges provide intensive ongoing case management to ensure vulnerable clients have access to resources, support to safeguard against family violence and timely court hearings.

The Evatt List ensures that each matter (that is eligible) is managed through the Court process efficiently and effectively, by focusing on identifying risks and gathering information as early as possible. This is done by frequent chamber events to ensure that parties are compliant with orders and directions. 

Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the Court, so it is best to organise alternative arrangements for the care of the children during this time. 

How are Cases put on the Evatt List?

As stated above, Evatt List cases are reserved for matters that are considered urgent and most at risk. Therefore, in order for cases to be put on the Evatt List the case must satisfy one or more of the following:  

  1. The case has been reviewed by a Triage Counsellor
  2. The Judicial Registrar has reviewed the case and determined it is appropriate for allocation to the Evatt List in accordance with Family Law Practice Direction – Evatt List.
  3. The case is an eligible proceeding filed in a family law registry
  4. One of the parties, either the applicant or the Respondent, have completed the DOORS Triage Family questionnaire. 

If the matter is allocated to the List, the Court will issue an Order advising the parties before the first Court date. This is likely to occur within two weeks of the initiating application

Safety at Court and Evatt List

The Evatt List was developed with a heavy focus on safety. If you are required to attend court (notification will be given to either you or your family lawyer in regard to attendance) safety measures can be put in place to ensure your safety. These measure include (but are not limited to): 

  1. Attendance via telephone 
  2. Attendance via Video 
  3. Safety wait room. 

If you have concerns regarding yours or your child’s safety attending court, please speak with your lawyer to get safety measures implemented, this may include applying for a protection order. 

Attending court can be a stressful and emotionally charged event. For self represented parties, you may bring a support person or friend to the Court hearing but they must sit at the back of the Court. However and only in special circumstances, the court may allow a support person to give information to the Court. 

Key Takeaways

  1. The Evatt List is reserved for matters that are most at risk matters.
  2. The List is managed by Senior Judicial Registrars, Registrars and Judges.
  3. The List is closely monitored by the above mentioned officials in respect to directors, hearings, events and safety. 
  4. Attending Court events via telephone or video conference may be available to you if you are concerned for yours or your child’s safety. 
  5. Children under 18 years of age are not permitted in the Court.
  6. If you are unsure about your matter or the eligibility requirements for the Evatt List, contact our firm today for a confidential discussion with one of our dedicated family lawyers. 

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