Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter will inspect Launceston's "unsafe" Family Court complex, after the legal fraternity called for urgent change.
For more than 10 years, Family Court judges, Federal Circuit Court judges and family law practitioners have been highlighting alarming safety issues at the court's current location on the corner of Brisbane and George streets.
The Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania and the Law Society of Tasmania have led the calls for change, with both having written to Mr Porter to urge him to see the court building for himself.
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Chief among the concerns about the complex are the fact the security screening point is located on the third floor of the building rather than at ground level, capacity issues have left the waiting room crowded and judges, lawyers and vulnerable women and children have had to mix with litigants.
A potential alternative site for the court has been identified by the Law Society and the Family Law Practitioners Association but cannot be revealed due to the information being commercial-in-confidence.
A spokesperson for Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania chairwoman Julia Higgins said the safety and security issues at the Launceston complex were "significant" and impacted on members of the public.
"Ms Higgins has been informed that the Commonwealth Attorney-General has recently discussed the concerns around the Launceston court facilities with the Member for Bass, Bridget Archer MP, and will be looking to travel to Launceston to meet with Ms Archer and to view the court facilities," the spokesperson said.
"Ms Higgins states that the Family Law Practitioners Association ... sees this as a very positive response by the Commonwealth Attorney-General and look forward to this meeting."
Mr Porter said he would shortly be responding to the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania's correspondence.
"[Ms Archer] has discussed concerns around the courts complex with me and I will be visiting Launceston to meet with Bridget and visit the complex at the earliest opportunity as a part of a process of ... considering what longer term options might be worthy of consideration," he said.
"While the federal courts are each responsible for their own operation and management, consistent with the principle that our courts are independent and free of interference from the executive arm of government, I am already working with the heads of jurisdiction to ensure that the courts are appropriately resourced to manage their own ongoing security and accommodation needs, including in Launceston."