What is a Preliminary Conference? there to make judgements about you or designed to help the parties identify A Preliminary Conference is an make decisions for you. the issues that are important and sort informal, court-ordered meeting The Children’s Registrar will help the out what issues are agreed on and between you and the other people parties talk about the matter and which are not agreed on. involved in your matter. identify the issues that are important to You will be encouraged by the It is an opportunity for every party in each of the parties and the case. Children’s Registrar to speak for the matter to talk about the matter and The Children’s Registrar will yourself. However you are welcome to try to reach a solution that resolves all encourage the parties to talk about the have your representative speak for you or some of the issues. issues and sort out what issues are if you feel uncomfortable speaking for It is an opportunity to have your say. agreed on and which are not agreed on. yourself. If the parties all reach an agreement Everyone at the Preliminary Who can attend the Preliminary that resolves all or some of the issues Conference will have an opportunity Conference? the Children’s Registrar will help the have their say and to ask questions and You and your legal representative parties write down the agreement in a to answer questions. The other parties and their legal way that will be accepted by the Court. If at any time during the Preliminary representatives The Children’s Registrar will be able Conference you feel uncomfortable or The child/ren’s legal representative, to tell you what you can expect from would like a short break to speak with and depending on the age, maturity the Court. your legal representative, let the and the type of things to be discussed, Children’s Registrar know. the child/ren may also attend. Why should you attend the Preliminary Support people can attend (with the Conference? Is a Preliminary Conference agreement of all parties). Unlike a court hearing, your confidential? People who are not parties to the participation in the Preliminary Because a Preliminary Conference is a matter, like other family members, Conference is voluntary. type of Alternate Dispute Resolution, might attend (with the agreement of all You should attend because it is an things discussed during the parties). opportunity to have your say and a Preliminary Conference are The Children’s Registrar. less stressful way to resolve your case confidential. out of court. This means that things talked about in Who is the Children’s Registrar and the Preliminary Conference cannot be what is their role? How is a Preliminary Conference used as evidence in court unless The Children’s Registrar is an officer conducted? everyone at the Conference agrees. of the Court who chairs the A Preliminary Conference is not like a Preliminary Conferences are Preliminary Conference. court hearing. It is informal meeting. confidential to encourage you and the Children’s Registrars are not A Preliminary Conference is a type of other parties to speak freely. Magistrates or Judges. They are not Alternate Dispute Resolution. It is However, there are exceptions to the CHILDREN’S COURT OF confidentiality, which the Children’s Registrar will explain at the start of the NEW SOUTH WALES conference. What are some possible outcomes from a Preliminary Conference? If you and the other parties agree on all the issues and settle the matter, then PRELIMINARY the Children’s Registrar will help all the parties write down the agreement. CONFERENCES The agreement will be placed before a Magistrate who can make Final Orders based on the agreement. This will be the end of the case. If there is an agreement on only some INFORMATION issues, then the Children’s Registrar will help the parties write down the FOR PARENTS agreement and the agreement will be placed before a Magistrate who can make Orders based on the agreement. However, this will not be the end of the case. If there is no agreement at all or an agreement on only some issues, then the Children’s Registrar will make a timetable for each party to file their evidence, and will give the matter a hearing date. The Hearing will be in front of a Magistrate.