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The Court has put in place measures to minimise disruption to hearings and services. COVID-safe criminal jury trials are not affected


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The Supreme Court was required to close its offices at 436 Lonsdale Street on Friday after the building’s owner identified that essential fire safety work needed to be carried out. 

The issues identified did not pose a health risk to anyone who attended or worked at the building prior to Friday’s closure.

The Supreme Court occupies six floors of the building, which contain eight courtrooms used for commercial and common law matters, mediation rooms, registries, chambers, and administrative areas. 

The building owners and managers have advised the Court that substantial work is required to ensure the fire and related safety systems are operating at a safe standard. This work is likely to take at least six months.

The Court has put in place measures to minimise disruption to court hearings and court user services. COVID-safe criminal jury trials will not be affected. 

The Court’s Daily Hearing List will contain details of how and where matters will be held including the use of virtual hearings. 

In-person registry appointments for all areas of the Court have moved to the Commercial Registry at 450 Little Bourke Street. To make an appointment, or to speak to us, please phone the Supreme Court’s registries on: 

•    Court of Appeal: 03 8600 2001
•    Commercial Court Registry: 03 8600 2002
•    Criminal Registry: 03 8600 2059 
•    Principal Registry: 03 8600 2000
•    Probate Office: 03 8600 2006 

Other numbers are available on our Contact Us page

Published on 01 March 2021