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The Court is adjusting its operations in light of the high number of COVID-19 infections in the community and the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

Coronavirus information

This news article may contain information that has since been updated or revised. To view current changes to Court operations related to COVID-19 visit the coronavirus information page.

28 January 2022

The arrangements under the Notice to the Profession issued 1 December 2021 are suspended and a new temporary Notice to Profession has been issued.

With the exception of criminal jury trials, the default position will be for virtual hearings. In-person hearings in the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, Commercial Court and Common Law Division may be permitted by exception where there are special reasons why a virtual hearing is not practicable. Civil juries have been temporarily suspended but those matters may proceed before a judge alone.

Physical distancing will be introduced wherever possible, with criminal jury trials reverting to distanced arrangements in the courtrooms which will be paired with other larger spaces for jury rooms.

Face masks are required to be worn in all publicly accessible areas and jury facilities in Supreme Court of Victoria buildings, subject to the exemptions. Masks can be provided at the security screening point if required.

All those attending Court locations are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated including their third dose where eligible.

Rapid antigen testing will now be a feature of in-person hearings. Arrangements will be communicated to the parties and participants by chambers in advance.

COVID-Safe measures are in place across all buildings. Public entrances are open however attendance in courtrooms for in-person hearings will be limited. Observation of in-person hearings by those unconnected with proceedings will be by remote link unless otherwise advised. Those connected with the proceeding and media are encouraged to view proceedings remotely and to notify the Court where they wish to attend so further instructions can be provided. The media team remain the contact point for media access.

QR check-in systems remain in place at each building’s security screening area.

The Supreme Court Registry and Probate Office remain operational. Please telephone the Registry Services team or the Probate Office to discuss alternatives to in-person attendance or to make an appointment if attendance is essential. The Registry Services team and Probate Office can be contacted on 8600 2000.

If you are subject to a requirement to isolate, feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, do not attend at Court and notify the Registry by calling the Prothonotary on 03 8600 2023 or emailing cebgubabgnel@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@yratonohtorp .

Published on 28 January 2022