Following steps undertaken by the Commonwealth Attorney-General on 16 June 2010 toward alternative dispute resolution in civil proceedings within the Federal Court and Federal Magistrates Court, Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls has taken things further with the introduction of the Civil Procedure Bill 2010 (Vic) (Bill) on 24 June 2010.
If enacted the Bill will impose as a statutory requirement what some practitioners do as a matter of course, and some avoid – that is to take meaningful steps to seek a negotiated outcome and avoid conflict. Where cases do proceed to court, efficiency and a sensible and practical approach is mandated.
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