Webinar | The intersection of Family Dispute Resolution and family violence: implications for evidence gathering and mediation confidentiality with Judge Joe Harman

Date TBA | Zoom Webinar
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (AEDT) | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (NZDT)

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The intersection of Family Dispute Resolution and family violence: implications for evidence gathering and mediation confidentiality

It is well accepted that family violence generally leads to poorer well-being outcomes for children. Appropriately, the (Aust) Family Law Act prioritises family violence as a factor of importance in the determination of a child’s best interests. The need to address family violence has led to calls, by some, to remove the limited evidential protections offered to Family Dispute Resolution (FDR).

This webinar will consider data from a sample of 414 cases before the Federal Circuit Court and consider how often FDR actually occurred when family violence was alleged, what other services parties had engaged with and the probative value of evidence that might be obtained from FDR and each of these other services. Finally, this webinar will explore, in an evidence informed fashion, what might be gained and what would be lost by interfering with mediation confidentiality.

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About the presenter

Judge Joe Harman

Judge Harman was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in June 2010.

Prior to joining the Court, Judge Harman had, for over 25 years, worked in private practice as a lawyer and as a mediator/FDRP in private and community (FRC) practice. Judge Harman has also lectured in family law at the University of Western Sydney and presently lectures at Sydney University.

Judge Harman received a NSW Premier’s Stop Domestic Violence award in 2005, was a finalist for the National Children’s Lawyer of the Year Award in 2010, a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award in 2013 and in 2015 received a Resolution Institute award for promotion of excellence in dispute resolution. Judge Harman is presently enrolled in the PhD program at Bond University researching the impact of confidentiality upon obtaining and presenting evidence of family violence.

Outside of practice, for many years Judge Harman was involved in community radio presenting programs on legal issues as well as a long running children’s program “Dream Time.

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Detailed login information will be emailed to registrants as soon as the registration process is completed.


If you are unable to attend the event, this session will be recorded and all registered participants will receive access to the recording 5 working days after the event. You will have access to the recording until 31 December 2018.


This event will contribute 1 hour of CPD under NMAS and Resolution Institute accreditation schemes.

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Contact details

Resolution Institute, Sydney, (02) 9251 3366

Resolution Institute, Wellington, (04) 470 0110