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Family Law Think Tank on Serene Teffaha from Advocate Me

Serene Teffaha, principal solicitor at law firm, Advocate Me, allegedly in closed court submissions during a matter before the magistrates court in Brisbane, accused the Family Court and its judiciary and police of enabling abuse of a child.

Ms Teffaha has taken a few jabs at the Family Court at rallies in Melbourne. On at least one occasion she has labelled the court as "corrupt".

Now the Victorian Legal Services Board has cancelled her practising certificate and she is unable to practise law. The board has not said what led to the cancellation. Effectively, she cannot operate her business and has no way to support herself.

Brisbane magistrate, Anthony Gett referred Ms Teffaha to Victoria's Legal Services Commission over submissions in court that he said “may be prejudicial to or diminish the public confidence in the administration of justice”.

It's not the first time that someone has called the Family Court a bad name.

Unlike the rest of the nation, a solicitor owes a primary duty to the court. This duty can be found in the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules:

3.1 A solicitor’s duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty.

Someone who is not a solicitor can openly call a court pretty much whatever they want. Check out how scathing politicians Pauline Hanson and Jackie Lambie are of the Family Court. They are not solicitors, so no ramifications for them.

Jess Hill, journalist and author of See What You Made Me Do, has taken plenty of swings at the Family Court.

Facebook has multiple pages and groups with thousands of members all dissatisfied, disillusioned or simply broken from their experience in the Family Court openly expressing hurt, disgust and many alleging child abuse within the system.

Australia has had at least 3 national inquiries into the Family Court. In Submission 112 to the 2018 inquiry, the author, a highly educated father (including Ph D qualifications), who had been labelled a vexatious litigant after putting forward his concerns about sexual abuse of his daughter to the Family Court, had this to say about the system:

"The Family Court is a disgusting cesspit of corruption and must be abolished forthwith and replaced with a lesser adversarial system."

Submission 112 is a public document and can be downloaded freely. No ramifications for this author.

Speaking on ABC Breakfast show on the 21st July 2016 Professor Patrick Parkinson, law professor and a specialist in Family Law stated, “that the Family Court system is almost entirely dysfunctional ...it is in serious trouble and needs to be addressed quickly.”

He went on to say, “that it can take up to two years or longer for cases to be heard in the Federal Circuit Court, which deals with the majority of Family Law cases, in which time children can be exposed to serious harm.”

Professor Parkinson is not a solicitor. Two years after making that on air statement in 2016, he got a promotion - to become the Dean of Law at the University of Qld from 2018-2021. No ramifications for him for labelling the family court system "almost entirely dysfunctional" and risk of exposing children to "serious harm".

You can read more about Prof Parkinson here: https://bit.ly/3wZHKf3

I've never met Serene Teffaha. I have only read about her in newspapers.

I'm a solicitor bound by rule 3.1 of the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules. But what of my duty to a fellow solicitor, a fellow human being, who has echoed the sentiment of thousands of other Australians in relation to the Family Court? It does not sit right with me. The law society would call this "a conflict" resolved by going back to rule 3.1 and reminding myself that my paramount duty is to the court.

Perhaps me writing these thoughts and expressing sympathy for Ms Teffaha will lead to someone making a complaint about me. Maybe I will lose my right to practise law too.

Did Serene Teffaha go too far? Or was she voicing what thousands of people believe and has been punished for doing so?

Read about it here in The Guardian (free to read):

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1988 - Section 63 - Evidence of Prior Alternative Action

claws(1) When making a care application, the Director-General must furnish details to the Children’s Court of:
(a) the support and assistance provided for the safety, welfare and well-being of the child or young person, and
(b) the alternatives to a care order that were considered before the application was made and the reasons why those alternatives were rejected.
(2) The Children’s Court must not:
(a) dismiss a care application in relation to a child or young person, or
(b) discharge a child or young person who is in the care responsibility of the Director-General from that care responsibility,
by reason only that the Children’s Court is of the opinion that an appropriate alternative action that could have been taken in relation to the child or young person was not considered or taken.
(3) Subsection (2) does not prevent the Children’s Court from adjourning proceedings. (Source : http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/caypapa1998442/s63.html

Despite red flags about judges, a kickback scheme flourished

“The judge’s whim is all that mattered in that courtroom,” said Marsha Levick, the legal director of the Juvenile Law Center, a child advocacy organization in Philadelphia, which began raising concerns about the court to state authorities in 1999. “The law was basically irrelevant.”

Last month, the law caught up with Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., 58, who ran that juvenile court for 12 years, and Judge Michael T. Conahan, 56, a colleague on the county’s Court of Common Pleas.

In what authorities are calling the biggest legal scandal in state history, the two judges pleaded guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud in a scheme that involved sending thousands of juveniles to two private detention centers in exchange for $2.6 million in kickbacks.

Ciavarella Conviction Reversals Upheld

A federal appeals court panel on Friday agreed the most serious charges that disgraced former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of should be overturned.

Three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for The Third Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision from last year that granted Ciavarella a new trial on three of the 12 charges he was convicted of at trial — racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Emily Brown the Public Guardian Battery Hen

Image result for battery henThe below-article only mildly touches on the havoc this wretched woman, solicitor, Heidi Muggenthaler wreaks on the lives of those she infects.  She's based in Sydney and previously served on IDRS (Intellectual Disability Rights Service), a community legal centre advocating for rights for the disabled.  What better way to find more victims (clients), then purporting to help those who most need it pro-bono?  She's no unlike other solicitors who frequently sell their sole for a few more dollars, but this woman has absolutely obliterated the lives of two lovely people, my friend Emily Brown and her mother Julie Brown.

Emily Brown was falsely removed by NSW child protection in 1998 because the caseworkers at the time DID NOT like Julie.  Julie might not be everyones cup of tea, but she was a good mum and the perfect person to be raising her daughter who is extremely intelligent and has mild autism, Emily.  Throughout the first few years that Julie and Emily were involved with the state, caseworkers stole jewellery and money from Julie's home in Sydney, cancelled services for her involving housing and obtaining assistance in moving to another property.

Celebrated lawyer adds himself to client’s will

Image result for Dino De MarchiA renowned lawyer has been caught inserting himself into a client’s will, standing to get a fifth of her estate, but has not been suspended from practicing.

According to a Herald Sun report, Dino De Marchi, a Vietnam War veteran who was feted by former Governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce at Government House in 2010, has pleaded guilty of including his name as a “significant beneficiary” of the will of client Lidia Toffolon. The client is said to have visited De Marchi’s law office in 2013 to have a new will prepared, and later instructed the lawyer to include himself as beneficiary.

Even after a solicitor employed by De Marchi told him the act would be a breach of rules, the lawyer did not cease to act for the client. Instead, he ordered his law firm and its address to be deleted from the cover page of the will.

De Marchi is said to have then taken the client to another lawyer, Carl Soccio ...

Celebrated lawyer adds himself to client’s will

Image result for Dino De MarchiA renowned lawyer has been caught inserting himself into a client’s will, standing to get a fifth of her estate, but has not been suspended from practicing.

According to a Herald Sun report, Dino De Marchi, a Vietnam War veteran who was feted by former Governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce at Government House in 2010, has pleaded guilty of including his name as a “significant beneficiary” of the will of client Lidia Toffolon. The client is said to have visited De Marchi’s law office in 2013 to have a new will prepared, and later instructed the lawyer to include himself as beneficiary.

Even after a solicitor employed by De Marchi told him the act would be a breach of rules, the lawyer did not cease to act for the client. Instead, he ordered his law firm and its address to be deleted from the cover page of the will.

De Marchi is said to have then taken the client to another lawyer, Carl Soccio ...

Judges Wall of Shame

Database of Judges who intentionally interfered with Motherhood, who caused Protective Mothers to lose custody of their kids and who did not prevent abuse:

USA
ALABAMA
Judge Eddie Vines, AL
Judge Jeffrey Kelley, AL
Judge Charles Short, AL

ALASKA
Judge Sharon L Gleason, AK
Judge Mark Rinder, AK
Judge Andrew Guini, AK
Judge Pamela Washington, AK

It is time to impeach Judge Martin Nolan, and to remove him from the bench

Judges name: Martin Nolan
Judges title: Judge
Judges position: Judge in Ireland
Paedophile protected: A very long list of paedophiles and rapists
Paedophile protectors court location: Ireland

It is time to impeach Judge Martin Nolan, and to remove him from the bench

On the 20th of October, 2016, a 59 year old man called John Smith invited a 15 year old girl, who he did not know, into his van on the pretext of asking her for directions. Once she was in his van, he took out his penis and began masturbating in front of her. Later that day, he did the same thing again. Mr. Smith has four children of his own. He was in court this morning to be sentenced, before Judge Martin Nolan. The Journal.ie has the details, with emphasis added:

The handiwork of Chief Federal Magistrate John Pascoe – witness bribing, price fixing, succumbing to blackmail to conceal a crime and lying to shareholders etc. Is there anything this man cannot do?

John Pascoe was appointed Chief Federal Magistrate of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia on the 14th July 2004 by his good mate the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

John Pascoe’s shady conduct has been written about before to some degree in the press but to the best of my knowledge not to the detail that I am about to get into.

Lawyer jailed for theft of $620,000

A TRUSTED Geelong solicitor who stole more than $620,000 from clients over a decade has been sentenced to a maximum of five years' jail.

Kenneth Edward Hampson, 60, began removing money from his clients' trust accounts for his own use in May 1992 following the downfall of the Pyramid Building Society.

Australian Privacy Law and Practice (ALRC Report 108)

Model Unified Privacy Principles (UPPs) - UPP 3. Notification

3. At or before the time (or, if that is not practicable, as soon as practicable after) an agency or organisation collects personal information about an individual from the individual or from someone other than the individual, it must take such steps, if any, as are reasonable in the circumstances to notify the individual, or otherwise ensure that the individual is aware of, the:

(a) fact and circumstances of collection, where the individual may not be aware that his or her personal information has been collected;

(b) identity and contact details of the agency or organisation;

(c) rights of access to, and correction of, personal information provided by these principles;

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  • Legislation and Acts

    We intend on using almost one dozen different legislation / acts. Below are a few that we feel would have the most impact for class action causes and or entry to Australian Crime Commission help.  What we need to be able to utilise the legislations is more than one person claiming the same type of offence, and by different departments and different areas.  This can show mass conspiracies so to speak which would then be covered by the National Crime Act.

    We also plan to use Crimes (Hostages) Act 1900 as this act allows for persons being held hostage (ie our children) until we agree to submit to persons to what they ask.  This is keeping a hostage, and by DOCs taking your children and not returning them until you have signed undertakings is not only hostage taking but blackmail. 

    There is no such thing as CONsent Orders.  You cannot possibly say anybody voluntarily signs these orders when the department has their children and will not return them until the orders are signed.  These are not Consent Orders.  This is Blackmail.

    When crimes total to over 3 years imprisonment which we can make an easy jump to, they are then also available to go to the National Crimes Act.

    We also plan on using the Director General as DOCs legislation and code of conduct and ethics documentation available also shows that any crime committed against these acts MUST be reported to the director general.  And as such the director general also has an obligation to report fraud and misconduct to the Attorney General and the Australian Crimes Commission.

    We will use the evidence we have to submit to lower level figures about their staff and they are then obligated to submit the complaint (by legislation) to the director general.  If they do not do this, they are then setting themselves up for charges also.  We will know if this is done because not only will we be submitting this information / complaints this way, but we will also be submitting directly to the director general also, who ALSO is under obligation to send to the Australian Crime Commsision and the Independant Commission Against Corruption.

    So, you say ... What do you need to do now ??

    You need to gather all your documents and evidence and start splitting hairs and complaints down to division / person and complaint type using the register we are currently creating.  You also need to contact me for other complaint types that we are not aware of so that we can include this also.

    This may take some time but time is all we have and the more the better.

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