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202E .         General duties — FLA s. 69ZQ

        (1)         In giving effect to the principles in section 202B, the court must —

            (aa)         ask each party to the proceedings —

                  (i)         whether the party considers that the child concerned has been, or is at risk of being, subjected to, or exposed to, abuse, neglect or family violence; and

                  (ii)         whether the party considers that he or she, or another party to the proceedings, has been, or is at risk of being, subjected to family violence;


            (a)         decide which of the issues in the proceedings require full investigation and hearing and which may be disposed of summarily; and

            (b)         decide the order in which the issues are to be decided; and

            (c)         give directions or make orders about the timing of steps that are to be taken in the proceedings; and

            (d)         in deciding whether a particular step is to be taken, consider whether the likely benefits of taking the step justify the costs of taking it; and

            (e)         make appropriate use of technology; and

            (f)         if the court considers it appropriate, encourage the parties to use family dispute resolution or family counselling; and

            (g)         deal with as many aspects of the matter as it can on a single occasion; and

            (h)         deal with the matter, where appropriate, without requiring the parties’ physical attendance at court.

        (2)         Subsection (1) does not limit section 202B(1).

        (3)         A failure to comply with subsection (1) does not invalidate an order.

        [Section 202E inserted: No. 35 of 2006 s. 105; amended: No. 13 of 2013 s. 20.]

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