The Federal Court's Response to the COVID19 Outbreak
Updated 28 January 2021
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.
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.
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
Phone: (03) 8600 3343
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.
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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