Anyone in Victoria’s court or tribunal buildings will be expected to wear face masks when they are moving around in a court building.

The health and safety of judicial officers, staff, and court users remains of the highest priority as Victoria faces increasing community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Based on current health advice, anyone in Victoria’s court or tribunal buildings will be expected to wear face masks when they are moving around in a court building.
If people are physically distanced and stationary (for example, in the case of barristers, standing to address the Court), they can remove their mask, dispose of it and replace it with a fresh mask when they move around again.

Disposable masks will be available to all court users attending for hearings or the registry in person. The masks will be available at entrance points before security screening. Guidance on how to properly fit and dispose of the masks will be provided and displayed. Further information on face masks can be found on the DHHS website.

This practice is a further measure towards providing a safe workplace for everyone working in and coming into Victoria’s courts and tribunal. Please also follow the continuing health advice, including:

  • Practice physical distancing – stay 1.5 metres away from anyone you don’t live with.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene at all times – wash your hands and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • If you feel unwell or have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, do not attend at Court, contact the court to discuss alternative arrangements

The courts and tribunal continue to operate largely through virtual hearings, which do not require people to physically attend court.

We thank all those coming into our courts and tribunal for their patience and understanding as we work together to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Published on 15 July 2020