Adjournments and timely decision making


  • Judicial Commission of New South Wales, Civil Trials Bench Book (2016).

    Part [2-0200] contains general discussion about a court’s power of adjournment in the civil context. This general discussion is relevant to the domestic and family violence context.

  • Judicial Commission of NSW, Local Court Bench Book (2017).
    Section [22-000] discusses the procedures for dealing with applications for Apprehended Violence Orders, hearing applications, the making and variation of orders, consent orders, duration and conditions, and the National Domestic Violence Order recognition scheme.


  • Judicial College of Victoria, Family Violence Bench Book (2014).
    3.1 discusses the court’s power to make vexatious litigation restraint orders. 3.7 discusses the court’s power to make a costs order where the application was frivolous, vexatious or made in bad faith.
  • King, Michael S, Solution-Focused Judging Bench Book (Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and the Legal Services Board of Victoria, 2009).

    See at p 145 –

    ‘For example, in adjourning a case rather than continuing to listen to a participant, the court could acknowledge the importance of what the participant has to say and advise the participant that the adjournment is to allow the participant to speak fully at a later time.’