1 September justice sector updates due to COVID-19

1 September justice sector updates due to COVID-19

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

With stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions in place in metropolitan Melbourne and stage 3 in the rest of Victoria from 11.59pm on 5 August 2020, there are ongoing updates on how this will affect the justice sector.

Here is an update about courts and tribunal services across Victoria, correct as at 1 September 2020.

  • The Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates’ Court of Victoria have announced that anyone in Victoria’s court or tribunal buildings will be expected to wear face masks and register with a QR code when they attend a court building.
  • The County Court has also announced that term 4 criminal jury trials will be vacated with some limited exceptions.
  • All Magistrates’ Courts remain open but due to COVID-19 all visits to a court building must be made by prior arrangement, except for media and urgent family violence applications. See COVID-19 frequently asked questions on the Magistrates’ Court website.
  • The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal is hearing matters by telephone and video-conference.
  • All Children’s Court venues remain open, however, most matters are being conducted remotely by video conference.
  • The Administrative Appeals Tribunal is closed to all visitors until further notice, but most of their services remain available online. They are conducting hearings and conferences by video or telephone.
  • The Federal Circuit Court and Family Court have suspended all face-to-face hearings in the Melbourne and Dandenong registries until further notice.
  • The High Court is continuing to deliver judgments, hear appeals and deal with special leave applications by video conference.

For updates about services provided by community legal centres, please refer to individual centres.

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