The Family Law Bar Association represents practising members of the Family Law Bar of Victoria.
The FLBA organises conferences, accredited CPD lectures and social events.
The FLBA is regularly consulted by Federal and State Government bodies. The FLBA regularly consults and meets with members of the judiciary of both the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia on important issues effecting barristers and Family Law.
A newsletter is produced seasonally.
Purposes and objectives
The Association's purposes are:
- To provide a forum for meetings of barristers who practise in or have an interest in Family Law and to foster closer working and social relationships between them
- To bring to the attention of members, through the medium of regular meetings, matters of concern or interest or both relating to Family Law and to conduct discussions and formulate position statements or recommendations or both for submission to such a person or body as the Executive deems proper
- To establish communications and actively liaise with courts, tribunals, authorities, government departments and instrumentalities and other associations and bodies concerned with or interested in family law
- To seek representation on and liaison with committees of the Victorian Bar concerned with matters of concern to members including the Bar Fees Committee and the Bar Legal Aid Committee
- To liaise with the Bar Council of the Victorian Bar in relation to matters of concern to members of the Association and to ensure that, as far as practicable, consultation between the Bar Council and the Executive takes place before the Bar Council formulates policies or makes decisions on family law matters
- To encourage participation by members in continuing legal education programs, conferences and other outlets whereby the legal profession, other interested professional groups and the public may increase their knowledge and understanding of family law
The Association has a particular interest in:
- laws (both Federal and State) relating to, arising out of, concerning or affecting family relationships
- laws (both Federal and State) directly or indirectly related to laws of the kind referred to above, including laws relating to contempt of court and taxes and revenues
- proposed changes to any such laws
- the administration, practice and procedure of any court, body or authority administering any such laws