The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia has released new arrangements for the listing of matters in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia given the escalating situation regarding the coronavirus.
The new arrangements are as follows;-
1. Trials and hearings will be attended by telephone where possible;
2. The number of people to attend a courtroom at any one time is limited to 8 people;
3. All callovers are vacated immediately and will be adjourned to a date to be fixed. The situation will be assessed on an ongoing basis and the parties will be notified of new callover dates when that becomes possible;
4. Non-urgent property only matters and non-urgent parenting may be adjourned for an appropriate period of time at the discretion of the Judge;
5. Urgent priority matters will remain listed including matters relating to children and family violence. These maters will be conducted by telephone where possible.
6. A similar approach will be taken in respect of Registrar court lists and Child Dispute Services however and directions in relation to same will follow shortly.
7. Circuits and Appeals are likely to take place by telephone and/or video conference.
At Tiyce & Lawyers, we value the health of our colleagues, our clients and the wider community. We have committed to the guidelines of the Chief Medical Officer regarding spatial-distancing and where possible are working remotely.
We will continue to be here when you need us by telephone, video conference, email and where necessary, in person.