Family law "crisis" putting lives at risk as government accused of dawdling approach to replacing judge

By Sam Rigney
August 22 2021 - 7:30pm
ADJOURNED: Federal Circuit Court Judge Janet Terry reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 this month, leaving only two family law judges in Newcastle.

LIVES are being put at risk as hundreds of family law matters are again being put on hold due to the Attorney General's dawdling approach to appointing a new Federal Circuit Court judge in Newcastle.



Sam Rigney

Court Reporter

Sam began his Newcastle Herald career as a night police reporter in 2011. He is an experienced court reporter who has won two national court reporting awards, including the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Court Reporting for his coverage of the Hunter's worst serial rapist. Before working at the Herald, Sam was a sports journalist with the Maitland Mercury where he won awards for his coverage of the Newcastle Rugby League salary cap scandal. Sam is a Novocastrian born-and-bred.

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