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Options for improving the family violence competency of legal practitioners: Consultation Paper

Recommendation 52 of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Report Family Law for the Future — An Inquiry into the Family Law System (ALRC Inquiry) calls on the Law Council to: work with state and territory regulatory bodies for legal practitioners to develop consistent requirements for legal practitioners undertaking family law work to complete annually at least one unit of continuing professional development relating to family violence.

The Law Council acknowledges this recommendation and welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the related Consultation Paper of the Council of AttorneysGeneral Family Violence Working Group (FVWG) exploring options for improving the family violence competency of legal practitioners (Consultation Paper).

The Law Council is grateful for the assistance of its Family Law Section, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Queensland Law Society, the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), and the Law Society Northern Territory (LSNT) in the preparation of this submission.

The Law Council notes the intention of the LIV and LSNT to provide separate submissions to the FVWG regarding particular issues that arise within those jurisdictions.

You can read the full submission below.

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