As part of our “We Love Parramatta” series, we are taking a look at the Parramatta Family Court.
Some of you may be familiar with the Family Court, housed with the Federal Circuit Court in the Garfield Barwick Commonwealth Law Courts Building on George Street.
We know the Family Court very well.
The court’s Judges and Registrars have a difficult job, but one that is vital.
Divorce, custody issues and property settlements are a reality of life. Fair-minded legal experts are required to resolve these persistent, painful and very personal issues.
Family Law is not without risk. Between 1980 and 1985, a spate of shootings and bombings targeted Family Court judges, a solicitor, and others involved in family law proceedings. Several were killed or injured in the attacks.
On 15 April 1984, the old Parramatta Family Court, located at the corner of Charles and Phillip Streets, was destroyed by a bomb. On its ruins, Rivermark, our current office building was built.
A plaque in the Garfield Barwick Building now commemorates the Family Court attacks, and those who died whilst serving the court.
Sadly, these were not the final acts of Family Law-related violence in Parramatta.
In 1996, Jean Lennon was shot five times by her estranged husband on the steps of Parramatta’s new Family Court.
We know family law, and we know its risks. Your safety is important. The safety of your family and friends is too. If you feel unsafe or need legal advice, seek help.
Martin Bullock Lawyers can help you.
Please contact Greg Martin or Jacqueline Wainwright on 02 9687 9322.