23 July justice sector updates due to COVID-19

23 July justice sector updates due to COVID-19

Thursday, 23 July 2020

With Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions being reinstated in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, there are further updates on how this will affect the justice sector.

Here is an update about courts and tribunal services across Victoria, correct as at 23 July 2020.

  • The Supreme Court and County Court have announced that anyone in Victoria’s court or tribunal buildings will be expected to wear face masks when they are moving around in a court building. 
  • The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria have confirmed that two staff members have tested positive to coronavirus, one at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and one at Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court. All Magistrates’ Court venues remain open and a range of non-urgent matters continue to be adjourned until later in the year to reduce the number of people in court buildings. 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. They have published information about preparing for your phone or video-conference hearing.
  • All Children’s Court venues remain open, however, all Family Division matters heard at the Melbourne, Broadmeadows and Moorabbin Children’s Courts will now be heard remotely.
  • 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 Court and Family Court have suspended all face-to-face hearings in the Melbourne and Dandenong registries until further notice.
  • The High Court is not sitting in Canberra or on circuit. The question of future sittings will be reviewed some time in June. The court is continuing to deliver judgments and deal with special leave applications, including hearings at individual registries as needed, and will hear any urgent matters by video conference.

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

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