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COVID-19: Court Updates

by | Jul 14, 2020 | General News

With Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions being reinstated in the Metropolitan Melbourne area and the Mitchell Shire from late last week, there are further updates on how this will affect court matters. 

Please Note the Following in Regard to Courts and Tribunal Services Across Victoria:

  • All Magistrates’ Courts remain open, but some non-urgent matters will continue to be adjourned until later in the year due to social distancing restrictions;
  • VCAT will continue to hear matters by telephone and video-conference;
  • Children’s Courts  remain open however, all Family Division matters to be heard at the Melbourne, Broadmeadows and Moorabbin will now be heard by video-conference;
  • The Administrative Appeals Tribunal is closed to all visitors and most services are available online with hearings conducted by telephone or video-conference; 
  • The Family Court and Federal Court  have will not be holding face-to-face hearings in the Melbourne and Dandenong courts until later in the year;
  • The County Court and Supreme Court  had proposed a recommencement of some criminal jury trials in late July but this has been postponed; and
  • The High Court is not sitting in Canberra or on circuit but is hearing some urgent matters by video-conference.

If you have any concerns or queries about any upcoming hearings or conferences, please do not hesitate to contact us at melbourne@nevettford.com.au or on 03 9614 7111.