From Monday 7 March 2022, face to face services are resuming at many courts in Victoria, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.
Together with our practice partners, we will be offering more in person services at courts around the state.
The situation at each individual court may be adjusted in response to local events.
But from 7 March 2022:
- duty lawyers will be available for in person criminal law services at most Magistrates’ Court locations
- we are no longer checking clients' vaccination status
- you should continue to wear a mask in all court buildings unless you have a valid exemption
- our staff will be wearing masks and we will offer a mask to clients if they don’t have their own.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or waiting for a test result do not attend court in person.
Information for clients
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
If you are eligible for Help Before Court we will make an appointment for you to speak with a lawyer before your day in court.
If your court date for a criminal matter is less than six days away and you have not arranged your own lawyer, you should attend court in person and ask to speak to the duty lawyer.
Some hearings will still be conducted online, including family violence intervention order matters.
If you are not sure what to do, contact the Court listed on your paperwork.
Children’s Court of Victoria
From 21 March 2022, if you are on bail or summons for a criminal matter in the Children’s Court of Victoria you will need to attend in person unless your lawyer has arranged for an online hearing.
County Court of Victoria
The County Court has resumed hearing jury trials in person in Melbourne and at circuit court locations. Some other hearings are being conducted online.
You are still required to wear a mask in all publicly accessible areas of the Court and may need to do a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at the Court building. You should get to Court early to allow for time to complete the tests.
Supreme Court of Victoria
From 14 March 2022 the Supreme Court will operate with a mix of in-person and online hearings.
Everyone attending the public indoor areas of the Court is asked to wear a mask. The court will also use Rapid Antigen Tests as part of its COVID-safe arrangements.
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
All court users must be double vaccinated unless exceptional circumstances apply. Masks are required except when speaking to a judicial officer.
Reviewed 04 April 2022