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Independent children's lawyers

An independent children's lawyer helps the court to decide what sort of arrangements will be in the best interests of the child.

The role of an independent children's lawyer (ICL) is to gather and assess evidence to be presented to the court to assist it in determining where the child's best interests may lie.
ICLs are commonly appointed in the Federal Circuit and Family Court. They may also be appointed in the Children's Court where the there are exceptional circumstances and the child is not mature enough to give instructions.

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