The Federal Circuit Court was set up in 1999 by the Commonwealth government to deal with several different areas of the law, including family law issues, such as child contact and child support matters, and divorce.

The Court also has jurisdiction over administrative law, admiralty law, bankruptcy, copyright, human rights, industrial law, migration, privacy and trade practices. The purpose of this structure was to take the pressure off the Federal Court, and especially the Family Court, and to provide a more accessible court structure. It has largely succeeded.

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