Women have found themselves waiting months, if not years, for family violence restraining orders due to the increasing "gridlock" in Western Australia's courts, an inquiry has found.
Applications for family and domestic violence restraining orders surged 38 percent from 8650 to 11,975 over three years until 2018-19.
And in 2018, there were 37 family/domestic violence‐related homicides in WA, the highest of any state that year.
A nine-month inquiry into the Magistrates Court of WA’s management of family and domestic violence matters found that while the average time to trial had vastly improved in April 2019 compared to 2018, all Magistrates Court trials were still running six weeks behind the 19-week goal.
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