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Attending Court and Writing Reports

This workshop introduces non-legal practitioners, such as psychologists, counsellors and social workers, to the requirements and legal obligations of writing court reports, attending court as a witness or support person, and your responsibilities to your clients.

We will examine commonly-requested reports such as Parenting Reports, Child Assessments, Family Reports, and Intervention Order assessment reports. Consideration will be given to the laws which govern these reports, including the Family Law Act 1975 and the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • how the Family Court, Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia operate
  • the requirements of attending court as a witness who is subpoenaed
  • the requirements of attending court as a support person
  • the purpose, structure and use of a court report
  • how reports are used in courts, and the issues that may arise in the process of cross-examination
  • the impact of having an ongoing professional relationship with clients after the process of court preparation.

Ideal for

Non-legal practitioners, such as psychologists, counsellors and social workers.

Registration information

  • Registrations for scheduled workshops close 48 hours before the event.
  • Workshops must be paid for at least 2 business days before the training date, or your registration will be cancelled. 
  • If paying by invoice, proof of payment needs to be provided at least 24 hours ahead of the event.

Training Workshops Cancellation Statement [PDF, 1MB] 

Contact us

Training and Development Team
Phone: (03) 8573 2222
Email: [email protected]


9:30am - 12:30pm AEDT on Thursday 16 November 2023

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