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Delegation of powers to Judicial Registrars

             (1)  All of the powers vested in the Family Court by legislative provisions in relation to a case in which the court is exercising original jurisdiction are delegated to each Judicial Registrar except the power to make:

                     (a)  an excluded child order;

                     (b)  an order setting aside a registered award under section 13K of the Act;

                     (c)  an order or declaration under section 78, 79 or 79A, subsection 87(8), 90J(3) or 90K(1), section 90SL, 90SM or 90SN or subsection  90UL(3) or 90UM(1) of the Act, if the gross value of the property is more than $2 000 000;

                     (d)  an order under section 70NFD of the Act to vary or discharge an order under paragraph 70NFB(2)(a) of the Act that was not made by a Judicial Registrar;

                     (e)  an order under section 112AK of the Act to vary or discharge an order under section 112AD of the Act that was not made by a Judicial Registrar;

                    (ea)  an order under section 118 of the Act;

                      (f)  an order under the Marriage Act 1961 ;

                     (g)  an order reviewing the exercise of a power by a Judicial Registrar, Registrar or Deputy Registrar; and

                     (h)  any of the orders under these Rules mentioned in Table 18.1.

Table 18.1 Powers not delegated to Judicial Registrars


Provision of these Rules


rule 4.07


Division 4.2.3


Division 4.2.8


Part 10.3


rule 11.04


rule 11.05

Note:          The powers of the court in its appellate jurisdiction, set out in Part X of the Act, are not delegated to Judicial Registrars.

             (2)  Despite paragraph (1)(f), the power to make an order under subsection 92(1) of the Marriage Act 1961 is delegated to a Judicial Registrar.

             (3)  Paragraphs (1)(c), (d) and (e) do not apply to an order that is:

                     (a)  an order until further order;

                     (b)  an order made in an undefended case; or

                     (c)  an order made with the consent of all the parties to the case.

             (4)  Paragraph (1)(c) does not apply if:

                     (a)  the order is a flagging order; or

                     (b)  the parties consent to the exercise of the power by a Judicial Registrar.

             (5)  For paragraph (1)(c), the value of any superannuation interest must be included in the calculation of the gross value of the property.

Note:          Under section 90MC of the Act, a superannuation interest is to be treated as property for the purposes of paragraph (ca) of the definition of matrimonial cause in section 4 of the Act.

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