National Child Protection Alliance (‘NCPA’) v Commonwealth of Australia
In late December 2015, the ITNJ accepted a formal application from the National Child Protection Alliance (’NCPA’), which was seeking a declaration that the Australian Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and its implementation via the Family Courts, the judiciary, the legal system and law enforcement are in direct breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘UNCRC’). The NCPA was also seeking a recommendation from the ITNJ that legislative changes be made within Australia to better recognise the rights of children. The Respondent in this matter was the Commonwealth of Australia.
A Directions Hearing for the matter of National Child Protection Alliance (‘NCPA’) v Commonwealth of Australia was held on 12 February 2016. Trial dates were set for 12 September 2016 to 16 September 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. Following a written request from the NCPA to postpone the trial, an Interlocutory Hearing for this matter was held on 12 September 2016. Video highlights of that hearing are posted below, followed by the complete video recording and the transcript of the full hearing. Final orders are also posted.
NCPA leaders subsequently filed vexatious charges against ITNJ Court Officers. Upon receiving the claim, the Board of Trustees responded formally with the letter below dated 5 December 2016. No further communications or proceedings have ensued.
5 December 2016
14 October 2016
Highlights – 12 September 2016 Interlocutory Hearing
Full Video Recording – 12 September 2016 Interlocutory Hearing
Transcript – 12 September 2016 Interlocutory Hearing
31 August 2016
22 August 2016
A Directions Hearing for the matter of National Child Protection Alliance (‘NCPA’) v Commonwealth of Australia was held on 12 February 2016. A summary of the hearing is posted below.
12 February 2016
The application, with names redacted, is posted below.
18 December 2015
Posted below is an internal document from the NCPA proposing to bring this case before the ITNJ:
13 October 2015