The state opposition has called out the government over a decision that will mean federal courts are no longer able to sit on the North-West Coast.
The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia was last week told it would no longer be able to use the Burnie court facilities for sittings, and instead would need to relocate its operations to Launceston.
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Labor Justice spokeswoman Ella Haddad and Braddon member Anita Dow said the decision was "callous and cruel" and had not involved any stakeholder consultation.
The state government said the move had been forced by the instatement of state Supreme Court Justice Tamara Jago, who would sit at the Burnie facility.
Justice Jago, whose appointment was widely lauded, will be the first resident Supreme Court judge based in Burnie.
Legal assistance providers in the area, Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service and Women's Legal Service Tasmania condemned the move saying it would present access to justice issues for vulnerable communities.
They also expressed concern about the lack of consultation that had occurred with the legal fraternity prior to making the decision.
Ms Haddad said it was "outrageous" that there had been a lack of consultation.
"Users of the court, including lawyers and community legal centres, who represent people in often highly vulnerable states in the Family Court, [were] not consulted," she said.
Ms Dow said the more than 100 kilometre trip from Burnie to Launceston compounded a justice access issue that was first faced when the Smithton Magistrates Court was closed.
When asked, a spokesperson for the state government said queries about alternative options for those courts should be directed to the federal courts.
A spokesperson for the FCFCOA said the court was "looking as a priority at other potential premises in or around the area".
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