The federal government is being urged to take responsibility for long-standing concerns at Launceston's Family Law Court building, with the Law Council of Australia labeling it "in effect, a second-class facility".
The comments came during a state visit from the council's president, Arthur Moses SC, who toured the building with Law Society of Tasmania president Evan Hughes and Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania member Roger Murray this week.
Though most courts had a security screening point before entering the building, the Launceston site - also located on a third-floor and accessible only by a single lift - was not what he considered best-practice, Mr Moses said.
He was also "concerned" to hear about capacity issues which often leave people "jam-packed" in the court's single waiting room, with limited privacy during what is often a vulnerable time in their life.
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Though there have been no serious incidents of violence, Mr Hughes referenced a particular "pinch-point" beyond security where people could intimidate others. He said the Law Society was aware of charges being laid for breaking family violence orders within court building.
The group say previous calls for a solution have been brushed off as security issues alone, which fell under the responsibility of the court.
Though after inspecting the site Mr Moses said it was clear the issues related to infrastructure and were "absolutely" a responsibility for the Morrison government and Attorney-General Christian Porter.
"This comes back to the view of the Commonwealth government needing to properly fund a fit for purpose facility for the Family Court," Mr Moses said, pointing to "significant" facilities in other states. "And yet, I've come to look at this facility and I can't help but thinking that in Tasmania, citizens are getting in effect a second-class facility."
"And they're entitled to a first-class facility - all Australians are entitled to a first-class facility."
In a statement, federal Attorney-General Christian Porter said federal courts were responsible for their own operation and management in the same principal they are independent from the executive arm of government.
Though the government considered conditions an security a "very important matter" for cooperation to ensure the courts are appropriately resourced to manage these, he added.
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