Family matter lists

There are three practitioner lists for family law matters. It may be possible to obtain grants of aid to cover two Dispute Resolution conferences where a family law matter involves disagreement about both children and property. Where possible, Legal Aid WA will try to allocate the grants to the same chairperson for each conference.

The eligibility criteria to become a member of each of these three lists are set out on this page. The links below will take you to the names of private practitioners who are currently members of each list:

Independent Children’s Lawyer and Child Representative List

Practitioners on this list can be assigned grants of aid to act as an Independent Children’s Lawyer in the Family Court of WA, or as a Child Representative in the Children’s Court of WA.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a current practising certificate
  • five years’ post-admission experience as a family lawyer*
  • advanced competency in family law and child protection advocacy and negotiation skills, including the ability and preparedness to conduct litigation up to and including trial
  • an understanding of child development, and the dynamics of family and domestic violence
  • an understanding of the principles and skills required and a capacity to undertake Independent Children’s Lawyer and Child Representative work
  • completed the current Independent Children’s Lawyer National Training Program
  • completed Legal Aid WA's Protection and Care training in the 6 months before submitting their application
  • completed Legal Aid WA's Dispute Resolution training in the 6 months before submitting their application
  • the ability to communicate effectively with children, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

* Practitioners with less than five years’ post-admission experience in family law will be considered for this list if they have another relevant professional qualification and experience (such as a psychologist, social worker, or teacher).

Dispute Resolution Chairperson (Children’s matters) List

Practitioners on this list can be assigned grants of aid to facilitate dispute resolution conferences about parenting and children’s issues.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • a qualification as a lawyer, psychologist or social worker
  • three years’ post-admission experience in law, or three years’ post-graduate experience in their area of qualification
  • recent experience in chairing or facilitating child dispute mediation conferences
  • recent experience working on a range of family law matters
  • an understanding of the dynamics of family and domestic violence, including the impact on participants in mediation
  • excellent mediation and negotiation skills in family law, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

Dispute Resolution Chairperson (Property Settlement) List

Practitioners on this list can be assigned grants of aid to facilitate dispute resolution conferences about property settlements.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • a qualification as a lawyer
  • a current practising certificate
  • three years’ post-admission experience
  • one of the following:
    • accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
    • accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System
    • AIFLAM qualification as a mediation conference chairperson,
  • recent experience in chairing or facilitating property mediation conferences
  • recent experience working on a range of property settlement matters
  • an understanding of the dynamics of family and domestic violence, including the impact on participants in mediation
  • excellent mediation and negotiation skills in family law, and
  • the ability to communicate effectively with Legal Aid WA clients.

 

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Reviewed: 16 April 2018

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