Disclosure and discovery: requirements in family law courts

Course ID ID18010_FAM

  • Online
  • 1
  • Intermediate

It is a fundamental principle in family law that the process of discovery and disclosure of all material that is relevant to the case be made to ensure a fair outcome. More importantly, this duty exists in cases concerning property and financial cases. There is an obligation on lawyers to ensure that their client makes a full and frank disclosure.

In this seminar, family law expert Ian Serisier will discuss the practical issues that arise in relation to full and frank disclosure in both the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.


Full Price $120.00

Alumni/Member Price $108.00


Start date:

01 April 2018

End date:

30 June 2019

About This Course


This seminar will cover:

  • requirements of the Family Court of Australia under Ch 13 of the Family Law Rules 2004 (Cth),
  • requirements of the Federal Circuit Court under s 45 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999 (Cth) and Pt 24 of the Federal Circuit Court Rules 2001 (Cth),
  • drawing a list of documents,
  • inspecting disclosed/discovered documents,
  • preparing specific questions/interrogatories,
  • answering specific questions/interrogatories, and
  • with one possible exception, “general discovery” no longer available in family law proceedings.


Designed for

This seminar complies with the mandatory requirement of Substantive Law.



Ian Serisier

Ian Serisier is an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Applied Law (Family Law) and recently returned to practice at the Bar. Ian has 40 years’ experience practising as a barrister, specialising in family law and was a Special Counsel at Swaab Attorneys for seven years. Ian has produced numerous authoritative family law publications. He has featured prominently in LexisNexis publications, being the former author of volume 4 of Australian Family Law and Australian Family Court Legislation. He is the co-author of the latest edition of the textbook Practising Family Law with Tom Altobelli. Ian is also a qualified family law mediator and arbitrator.



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