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12 March 2020: Supreme Court news

Upcoming changes to sitting procedures to minimise the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Court is carefully monitoring the Commonwealth and State Governments' announcements and health advice relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

In an endeavour to contain its effects and keep the Court operational as much as possible, the Court will be implementing the following procedures from Monday, 23 March 2020.  The primary aim is to minimise the need for parties to come to the Court in the near future.

  • Registrars' Lists will be conducted as much as possible either by the online court, where available, or by telephone link and, in the case of contentious matters, by videolink.  The parties will be required not less than three (3) business days before their matter is listed before the Registrar to jointly notify the Registrar whether the matter can be dealt with by the online court, telephone, videolink or in person.  They will then be given a block of time in which their matter will be heard.  Cases in respect of which notification has not been given will be heard in person.  Precise arrangements regarding telephone and video hearings will be provided.

  • A similar approach will be taken in Judges' Lists, subject to specific directions given by the judge administering the list. 

  • In relation to appeals or first instance matters, consideration will be given to dealing with the matters by telephone or Audio Visual Link (AVL). 

  • There will be no changes to the way the Criminal Lists, such as Bails and Arraignments, and current Supreme Court Jury trials are currently being heard. 


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