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Information & Advice from the Courts

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

COVID-19: Temporary changes to our services (25 March 2020)

Children's Court

See the See the latest updates and information from the Children's Court of Victoria, HERE.

Practice Direction 2 of 2020 Issued (24 March 2020)
This Practice Direction is issued pursuant to Section 592 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Practice Direction applies to all Criminal Division proceedings filed in the Children's Court throughout Victoria with effect from 25 March 2020.

Practice Direction 1 of 2020 Issued (23 March 2020)
This Practice Direction is issued pursuant to Section 592 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Practice Direction applies to all Family Division - Child Protection proceedings filed in the Children's Court throughout Victoria with effect from 24 March 2020.

Public Notice: COVID-19 Measures (23 March 2020)

COVID-19 Response - media release - Children's Court (20 March 2020 - PDF)

County Court

See the latest updates and information from the County Court of Victoria HERE.

County Court Coronavirus Update (31 March 2020)

County Koori Court Suspension Practice Direction (27 March 2020 - PDF)

Letter to County Koori Court Stakeholders re Suspension of County Koori Court (27 March 2020 - PDF)

County Court: Divisional and List Responses to COVID-19 - Version 1 (20 March 2020 - PDF)

COVID-19 Response - media release - County Court (20 March 2020 - PDF)

Major changes to operations (20 March 2020)

Practice Notes - Instructions for the use of videoconferencing:

Court Services Victoria

Statement from the Chief Justice of Victoria (20 March 2020)

Victorian courts and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) are now actively changing the way they operate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, moving to a position where appearances will be managed through the electronic and digital environment. Download PDF.

Family Court of Australia

See the lastest COVID-19 updates and information from the Family Court of Australia HERE.

See the deicated page for all COVID-19 information for the profession HERE.

COVID-19: Update to CDS (Child Dispute Services) Interview Protocol (3 April 2020 - PDF)

Joint Practice Direction 2 of 2020 - Special Measures in Response to COVID-19 (31 March 2020)

Practice Direction: PD2 of 2020 - Electronic Filing, Annexures to Affidavits and Viewing of Subpoenas (19 March 2020 - PDF)

Update to the Profession: COVID-19 Measures and Listing Arrangements (19 March 2020 - PDF)

Urgent new arrangements for the listing of matters in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Covid-19)

Media Release - Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia prioritise urgent and critical cases as impact of COVID-19 escalates

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

See all the latest COVID-19 updates and information from the Federal Cirtuit Court of Australia HERE.

See the dedicated page for all COVID-19 information for the profession HERE.

COVID-19: Update to CDS (Child Dispute Services) Interview Protocol (3 April 2020 - PDF)

Joint Practice Direction 2 of 2020 - Special Measures in Response to COVID-19 (31 March 2020)

Practice Direction: PD3 of 2020 - Electronic Filing and Viewing of Subpoenas (19 March 2020 - PDF)

Update to the Profession: COVID-19 Measures and Listing Arrangements (19 March 2020 - PDF)

Urgent new arrangements for the listing of matters in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia (Covid-19)

Media Release - Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia prioritise urgent and critical cases as impact of COVID-19 escalates (18 March 2020)

Federal Court of Australia

See all the lastest updates and information from the Federal Court HERE.

Letter from the Chief Justice Federal Court of Australia to Bar and Law Society Presidents - Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 15 (3 April 2020 - PDF)

Letter from the Chief Justice Federal Court of Australia to Bar and Law Society Presidents - Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update 13 (31 March 2020 - PDF)

Practice Notes - Special Measures in Response to Covid-19 (SMIN-1) (23 March 2020)

Federal Court of Australia: Conducting hearings using Microsoft Teams (20 March 2020 - PDF)

Federal Court of Australia: Electronic Hearings- Frequently Asked Questions (20 March 2020 - PDF)

Magistrates’ Court

See the latest updates and information from the Magistrates' Court of Victoria HERE.

Practice Direction from Magistrates Court (23 March 2020):

Supreme Court

See the latest COVID-19 updates and information from the Supreme Court of Victoria HERE.

Updates to Regional Court Work and Circuit Court Sittings due to Coronavirus (6 April 2020)

Changes to the Probate Office: Applications to be sent by post | Delayed launch of RedCrest-Probate (30 March 2020)

Fast-Tracking Homicide Matters into the Supreme Court (25 March 2020)

Media Release - Supreme Court changes in response to COVID-19 (20 March 2020 - PDF)

New jury trials suspended from Monday 16 March (15 March 2020)

VCAT

See the latest COVID-19 upates and information from VCAT HERE

Communication from VCAT: Extension on non-critical VCAT adjournments (1 April 2020)

VCAT has extended the adjournment of all non-critical matters up to and including 15 May 2020 to a date to be fixed.
VCAT is working hard to hear more cases via phone and other technologies. We will contact all parties about their matter, including if a case can be heard earlier. We are still hearing Residential Tenancy and Guardianship matters as well as other critical matters by phone.
VCAT venues are closed to the public including VCAT Magistrates' Court counters and no face-to-face hearings are being scheduled. Hearings from hospital beds have been suspended and will be conducted by teleconference.
VCAT appreciates the uncertainty this decision will cause a lot of our stakeholders. We are still accepting all relevant matters and will contact you to discuss potential hearing dates. Visit our website for further information.

Communication from VCAT: Non-critical VCAT matters adjourned (20 March 2020)

As part of VCAT's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interests of public safety, no face-to-face hearings are being scheduled, and all non-critical cases which are listed up to and including 17 April 2020 will be adjourned for the foreseeable future. We appreciate the uncertainty this causes a lot of stakeholders, and ask for your patience and understanding in this unprecedented situation. VCAT will still be hearing critical Residential Tenancy and Guardianship cases during this time. However from 17 March we suspended hearings from hospital beds to protect vulnerable members of our society. These hearings will now be conducted by teleconference. VCAT is working hard to develop alternative measures to face-to-face hearings. We will keep you updated as works progress.