Slain schoolgirl Jennifer Edwards told an independent children's lawyer she wanted an order forbidding her father from contacting her but that was never explicitly relayed to the Family Court, an inquest has heard.
Lawyer Debbie Morton denied she was obliged to tell the judge of the 13-year-old's wishes in February 2018 when final custody arrangements were being signed off, saying judges and magistrates had previously told her not to disclose a child's actual wish in court.
She explained the other parties had already agreed to final orders that didn't grant estranged father John Edwards any contact.
"The mother was happy with them," she told the Sydney inquest.
Jennifer and her brother Jack were murdered in July 2018 by Edwards after the 67-year-old hired a car and stalked Jennifer on her trip home from school.
He left the West Pennant Hills home in a calm manner before suiciding at his Normanhurst home. The children's devastated mother, Olga Edwards, 37, took her life five months later.
On Monday, State Coroner Teresa O'Sullivan lifted a non-publication order that had prevented reporting of some of Ms Morton's evidence given on Thursday.
Ms Morton testified that on the day of the final February 2018 family court hearing, the parents' four lawyers told her to "toddle off" during negotiations and that they'd call her to court when ready.
When that time came, she was told the parties had agreed and "all you need to do is sign".
"I signed them," Ms Morton said.
Counsel assisting Kate Richardson SC suggested it was beholden on Ms Morton to explicitly tell the judge of Jennifer's wish for a no-time order.
"Not in this circumstance, I don't think," Ms Morton replied.
Guidelines for independent children's lawyers state they do not take instructions from the child but can involve the child in decision-making.
An ICL is, however, required to ensure the court is fully informed of the child's views, in an admissible form where possible.
Even if an injunction had been made for the Edwards children, the inquest on Monday was told police likely wouldn't have been able to act on a breach unless an actual offence occurred.
"That's my reading of it," NSW Police Domestic and Family Violence Team manager Chief Inspector Sean McDermott said of the Family Law Act.
Ms Morton was also questioned over her reaction to Olga Edwards' allegation in February 2017 that 67-year-old Edwards had appeared at her regular 6am yoga class and stared at his ex-wife for minutes.
The inquest has been told Olga told police within an hour but the official report was so error-riddled, it wasn't even linked to Edwards' police profile.
Ms Morton said she thought the yoga incident was "a bit creepy" but didn't consider it an escalation of risk or Edwards stalking his wife.
"I don't think that was how I looked at it," she said.
She partly defended her conduct in a previous hearing over a proposed order to have Edwards picking his son up each school morning.
She conceded that "in hindsight, maybe" she should have realised the order would have required Olga Edwards to disclose her address to the man she alleged abused her and her children.
"If it was obvious to me, I probably wouldn't have put it in," she said.
Ms Morton said her interview of the children in December 2016 hadn't elicited allegations of violence.
"If the child said to me 'our father is violent and he's beating us', I would not have gone into court (in December 2016) and said 'We can have a couple of hours and a lunch'," the lawyer said.
The inquest continues.