Court officers

Court officers

In the context of family law, this term generally refers to registrars or judges, though, the person who calls the name of the next matter at the courtroom door is also specifically called a court officer.

  • Judges

In the context of family law, judges of the Family Court are referred to as judges or justices and generally referred to in court as ‘your honour’; Federal Circuit judges are called judges and are also generally referred to in court as ‘your honour’.

Some aspects of family law can be administered by Local Court magistrates. Since June 2013, these are also referred to in court as ‘your honour’.

  • Registrars

Both the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court delegate some decision-making processes to registrars. In Sydney, some FCC work is done by FCA registrars. Rules 18.05 and 18.06 of the Family Law Rules deal with powers delegated to registrars. Part 20 of the Federal Circuit Court Rules deals with registrars’ powers.