13 October justice sector update due to COVID-19

13 October justice sector update due to COVID-19

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

The justice sector in Victoria is preparing for the staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions, in line with the State Government’s public health advice and roadmap for re-opening.

Here is an update about the operation of courts and tribunal services across Victoria, correct as at 13 October 2020.

  • Adjourned court hearings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (MCV) will begin to resume from 19 October across regional Victoria and 9 November in metropolitan Melbourne. Where possible, all matters currently listed for an in-person hearing will be conducted online. Visit the Magistrates' Court's website for more information on what to do if you have a case listed.
  • 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.
  • Anyone attending the Supreme CourtCounty Court and Magistrates’ Court are expected to wear face masks and register with a QR code when they attend a court building.
  • The County Court has vacated term 4 criminal jury trials with some limited exceptions.
  • 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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