The Federal Court's Response to the COVID19 Outbreak

Updated 28 January 2021

Court Attendance

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Court has modified its practices to minimise in-person attendance on Court premises, with the Court’s priority being the health and safety of the community, parties, practitioners, judges and staff, and the families of all of these groups.

As infection rates and government restrictions ease, the opportunities for a limited return to in-person attendance in Court will increase for matters that are essential to be heard in person.

Limits on the number of people within the Court precinct are in place and all of the Court’s buildings have been assessed and prepared to ensure appropriate physical distancing can be maintained.

» Read more: SMIN-4: Court Attendance (pdf, 192 kb)  

Water jugs, bubblers and fountains in the Court

As  part of the Court's CovidSafe measures, water fountains, bubblers and water  jugs have been temporarily removed from court buildings. Practitioners and  litigants who have in person hearings are asked to bring their own water bottles.

Current proceedings 

If practitioners are involved in current proceedings before the Court that are impacted by COVID-19, they are encouraged to direct enquiries for assistance, such as necessary adjournments, variations to timetables or preparation for hearings, to Tuan Van Le - National Judicial Registrar.

QR code systems

From late January 2021, the Federal Court will introduce a QR code system and manual register as a means of registering public attendance in all Court buildings.

The registration and use of QR codes are voluntary.

The QR Code systems chosen by the Court are those operated by the state and territory governments to ensure privacy concerns are addressed and will be used in every state and territory except Queensland which does not currently operate a government managed QR Code system.

Urgent circumstances

In urgent circumstances, face-to-face Registry services may be provided after initial assessment via telephone. You can contact us on 1300 720 980.


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