30. September 2010 11:49
The Bill, which essentially requires parties to take "genuine steps to seek to resolve their dispute where possible, before commencing proceedings in the Federal Court or Federal Magistrates Court", was reintroduced into the House of Representatives this morning.
The Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, gave the second reading speech. The bill is presented as a logical next step, following the case management powers introduced by the last Parliament.
Whether the Bill succeed in moving us "from the adversarial culture of litigation to one where resolution is actively sought", as the reading speech rather nobly hopes, remains to be seen. However, we note the recent passage of the Civil Procedure Bill 2010 in Victoria, which contains similar measures.