The Alternative Courtroom seeks to offer a quick and simple way of resolving property issues on the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship, through arbitration. The aim is to provide a service for "middle Australia" - for people with some assets that need to be divided, but who cannot reasonably afford the very large amount of money and time often involved in litigation through the court system.
TAC offers a way to sort out property issues which is quicker, simpler and cheaper than litigation, and avoids much of the stress involved in legal proceedings.
The Alternative Courtroom is an incorporated legal practice, established by Prof. Patrick Parkinson AM, who is also a professor of law at the University of Sydney and a former Chair of the Family Law Council.
The Alternative Courtroom (TAC) encourages people to try to resolve matters themselves through mediation and negotiation; however, sometimes people just need someone to make a decision. TAC's arbitrators are well-respected leaders in the field who have hundreds of years of family law experience between them.
Initially, TAC will offer arbitration hearings at venues in Sydney or Melbourne. It will also be able to offer 'hearings on the papers' anywhere in the country through phone or video-conference.