COVID-19 arrangements for Higher Courts from 4 January 2022

Posted 5 January 2022

The CAA has advised the following measures have been implemented in the Higher Courts from 4 January 2022 in response to the current COVID-19 situation in South Australia. They are subject to review.

 

GENERAL ARRANGEMENTS

 

Hearings will proceed in January in the ordinary way, save that the Court may contact practitioners to arrange an AVL or on the papers hearing and practitioners who wish to arrange an alternative hearing procedure should contact the chambers of the judicial officer before whom the matter is listed.

 

Attendance by AVL for prisoners in custody will be arranged where possible.

 

DOCUMENT FILING

  • Wherever practical, to avoid attendance in person at the Higher Courts Registry all documents presented in the approved form for filing with the Higher Courts, should be presented for filing electronically in advance of the court hearing and in accordance with the applicable Court Rules relating to documents and service or by registered post.
  • Documents can be lodged electronically for Civil, Probate and ERD matters via the ECMS portal https://courtsa.courts.sa.gov.au
  • Documents can also be lodged electronically by email as follows:
  • The original testamentary document must still be lodged with the Probate Registry via the drop-off box located in Sir Samuel Way building or via post to 241-259 Victoria Square Adelaide 5000.
  • Where it is not possible to send documents electronically, they can be posted to: GPO Box 2465 Adelaide. (Indicate on the envelope which court the documents are being sent to) or lodged in a registry filing box located in the Sir Samuel Way building.
  • All emailed documents should be signed and lodged in PDF format unless otherwise indicated.
  • All documents including written submissions, must be submitted to the Court no later than 1 clear working day before the hearing.
  • Communication with the Court is required to be via the CourtSA website (Portal) or email to the relevant court.
  • Parties and practitioners are reminded of the requirement that all parties must be copied in any email communication with the Court.


COVID court arrangements

Posted 4 January 2022

The Courts Administration Authority has published the following notices with respect to court arrangements in response to the COVID-19 situation in the State:

 

 

Practitioners are encouraged to monitor the CAA's  for updates.



COVID-19 and masks in court buildings

Posted 28 September 2021 

The following message is distributed at the request of the Chief Justice.

 

Since the lifting of lockdown at midnight on 27 July 2021, the wearing of masks has been mandated in public places, including court buildings. The only exception is at the direction of a judicial officer within a courtroom.

 

His Honour has received reports of members of the legal profession and their clients not wearing masks in court buildings and not complying with lift restrictions. Complacency poses a real threat in dealing with the pandemic. Practitioners are reminded to:

  1. wear a mask at all times in court buildings, unless directed not to by a judicial officer in a courtroom,
  2. comply with restrictions identified for lifts, courtrooms and meeting rooms,
  3. maintain social distancing in public areas, and
  4. make use of hand sanitiser provided at public lifts and in courtrooms

Disposable masks are available from Sheriff s Officers at point of entry.




Law Society COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

Posted 10 January 2021 

Following recent COVID-19 exposures within the office, in line with the latest government advice to work from home where possible and the projections that the omnicron variant is expected to peak within the next 2 – 3 weeks, it has been decided that all Law Society staff be required to work from home where possible effective 5pm on 10 January. 

The office will be closed during this time however, with staff working remotely, it will be business as usual to the extent possible.

All on-site meetings and events scheduled during the closure period will be conducted via webinar only.

If you are registered to attend an event in person, a member of staff will contact you separately. Registrations remain open.

If you need to contact the Society, please do so by email if possible as reception is expected to be particularly busy at this time. Telephone numbers remain unchanged with diversion to mobile phones in place.

It is presently expected that staff and operations will revert to “normal” as of 31 January 2022, however should that change, I will advise as soon as this is known.


Law Society COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

Posted 25 November 2021 

With the opening of State borders on Tuesday, SA Health's modelling indicating an increased likelihood of Covid-19 transmission across SA and that transmission among the community is inevitable, after careful consideration (including consideration of WHS obligations and risk assessment) a Covid-19 vaccination policy has been implemented in the Society.  

 

The Society takes the work, health and safety of its staff seriously and we have a statutory obligation to ensure that all staff feel and are safe at work. We have a similar duty of care to all who access the Society’s premises.

 

Therefore, as at 5pm on Friday 29 November:

  • all meetings and events except Executive and Council meetings will be held by Zoom only until the end of the year - unless otherwise advised for off-site events
  • Executive and Council meetings will be held by hybrid means, with only those attendees willing to show evidence of their full vaccination able to attend in person (noting that the Society will not be taking any copies or otherwise maintaining records)
  • there will be no room hire bookings or Advisory Service
  • any visitors will be asked to show evidence of full vaccination in order to enter the premises

These arrangements will remain in place until 5pm Friday 7 January 2022, at which time a review will take place (noting the Society will comply with any SA Health requirements that may be advised in the interim and the due to the dynamic situation in relation to COVID-19 transmission in South Australia at present, this policy may be reviewed prior, should circumstances require it). Naturally we do not want to have these restrictions in place any longer than is necessary.

 

Society staff can be contacted for assistance and to answer queries via telephone and email, or meet via Zoom teleconference, as usual.



Contacts

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The Society continues to take measures to accord with the recommended by the Australian and South Australian Governments.

Standard contact email addresses for key services are

Ethics Enquiry Service 

Member Services

Litigation Assistance Fund

Law Claims

Murray Law Library

Court Updates and Information webpages 

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Courts Administration Authority Coronavirus COVID-19 Information
  
Supreme Court Civil Enquiries:
p: (08) 8204 0289
supreme.registry@courts.sa.gov.au
  
District Court Civil Enquiries:
p: (08) 8204 0289
district.civil@courts.sa.gov.au
  
Criminal Enquiries
p: (08) 8204 2444
ccrcs@courts.sa.gov.au

ERD Court Enquiries
p: (08) 804 0289
erdcourt@courts.sa.gov.au
  
Magistrates Court
p: (08) 8204 2444
e: enquiry@courts.sa.gov.au
  
Youth Court Criminal matters
p: (08) 82040330
e: youthcourt@courts.sa.gov.au
Care and Protection: careandprotectionyouthcourt@courts.sa.gov.au
   Coroner's Court: p: (08) 8204 0600 coroner@courts.sa.gov.au    CourtSA Registry Services
p: (08) 8204 2444

South Australian Employment Tribunal website

South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal website


COVID-19 arrangements for Higher Courts from 4 January 2022

Posted 5 January 2022

The CAA has advised the following measures have been implemented in the Higher Courts from 4 January 2022 in response to the current COVID-19 situation in South Australia. They are subject to review.

GENERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Hearings will proceed in January in the ordinary way, save that the Court may contact practitioners to arrange an AVL or on the papers hearing and practitioners who wish to arrange an alternative hearing procedure should contact the chambers of the judicial officer before whom the matter is listed.

Attendance by AVL for prisoners in custody will be arranged where possible.

DOCUMENT FILING

  • Wherever practical, to avoid attendance in person at the Higher Courts Registry all documents presented in the approved form for filing with the Higher Courts, should be presented for filing electronically in advance of the court hearing and in accordance with the applicable Court Rules relating to documents and service or by registered post.
  • Documents can be lodged electronically for Civil, Probate and ERD matters via the ECMS portal https://courtsa.courts.sa.gov.au
  • Documents can also be lodged electronically by email as follows:
  • The original testamentary document must still be lodged with the Probate Registry via the drop-off box located in Sir Samuel Way building or via post to 241-259 Victoria Square Adelaide 5000.
  • Where it is not possible to send documents electronically, they can be posted to: GPO Box 2465 Adelaide. (Indicate on the envelope which court the documents are being sent to) or lodged in a registry filing box located in the Sir Samuel Way building.
  • All emailed documents should be signed and lodged in PDF format unless otherwise indicated.
  • All documents including written submissions, must be submitted to the Court no later than 1 clear working day before the hearing.
  • Communication with the Court is required to be via the CourtSA website (Portal) or email to the relevant court.
  • Parties and practitioners are reminded of the requirement that all parties must be copied in any email communication with the Court.


COVID court arrangements

Posted 4 January 2022

The Courts Administration Authority has published the following notices with respect to court arrangements in response to the COVID-19 situation in the State:

Practitioners are encouraged to monitor the CAA's  for updates.



COVID-19 and masks in court buildings

Posted 28 September 2021 

The following message is distributed at the request of the Chief Justice.

 

Since the lifting of lockdown at midnight on 27 July 2021, the wearing of masks has been mandated in public places, including court buildings. The only exception is at the direction of a judicial officer within a courtroom.

 

His Honour has received reports of members of the legal profession and their clients not wearing masks in court buildings and not complying with lift restrictions. Complacency poses a real threat in dealing with the pandemic. Practitioners are reminded to:

  1. wear a mask at all times in court buildings, unless directed not to by a judicial officer in a courtroom,
  2. comply with restrictions identified for lifts, courtrooms and meeting rooms,
  3. maintain social distancing in public areas, and
  4. make use of hand sanitiser provided at public lifts and in courtrooms

Disposable masks are available from Sheriff s Officers at point of entry.



Attendances at SAET from 5 August 2021 

Posted 5 August 2021 

As a result of the South Australian Governments directions regarding public activity restrictions, the SAET has adopted revised practices from 5 August 2021, until further notice. 


Matters before District Court Masters from 28 July 2021 

Posted 27 July 2021 

In light of South Australia's emergence from lockdown as of midnight tonight, revised measures will apply to all matters before District Court Masters from 28 July 2021.

The arrangements will apply until restrictions are changed.


Court directives operating from 28 July 2021 

Posted 28 July 2021 

Practitioners are encouraged to monitor the Courts Administration Authority's Coronavirus COVID-19 Information webpage for the most up to date information and court directives.  

Support Links 

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Practitioner support links 

LawCare and support groups 

Ethics Enquiry Service 
Wellbeing & Resilience Resources
Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Wellbeing and support resources 

Beyond Blue 
The national depression initiative website features comprehensive news and information to support mental wellbeing.  Trained Counsellors are available 24/7:  Call 1800 512 348.

Lifeline (13 11 14) 
Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention Services.  If you don’t like talking on the phone you can text 0477 13 11 14 between 5.30pm and 11.30pm when you are feeling depressed, suicidal or in need of support and a Lifeline crisis supporter will text with you.  

State Government care and support resources 
Various links to resources for assistance with accessing health services; food and necessities; mental health support and more. 

Guide to use of Video-Link under the Evidence Convention

Posted 20 April 2020 


The Hague Conference of Private International Law has made its Guide to Good Practice on the Use of Video-Link under the Evidence Convention available free of charge. 
Download the guide.


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LPEAC Remote Supervision of Practitioners Subject to Supervised Practice (Category C PC) During Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted 22 July 2021 
 
Please click here to review the Guide 
Please click here to download a suggested Remote Supervision Diary Template.
 
If you have further questions please email us at ethicsandpractice@lawsocietysa.asn.au  
South Australia Police COVID-19 Information
A list of official SAPOL information including South Australian Directions, media releases and important contacts. 

SA Health - Latest COVID-19 updates
Links to the latest official SA Health COVID-19 news, exposure sites and updates for South Australia.

Important information for visitors to prisons

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Please click here to view the Department for Correctional Services' important information for prison visitors webpage. 


Court Directives 


Visit the following links to view directives for:
1. Supreme Court
2. Magistrates Court
3. Adelaide Youth Court 
4. Coroners Court

Information and resources 


The Australian Government is continually updating its COVID-19 advice, information and resources, COVID-19. We advise Members to check for current information, including at :

or call the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccine Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.

Video Conferencing 

Posted 8 April 2020 

With the move to remote working and physical distancing, the rise in the use of video conferencing software platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Skype has highlighted the potential cyber security challenges that organisations face in using these platforms securely. Zoom in particular Read More (Members Only)...

 

Cyber Security

It has been widely reported that cyber criminals have come up with new scams trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation, for example, by sending phishing/malware emails disguised as health updates and the like. Even though practitioners will have a myriad of things to do at the moment, it is no time to let your guard down with respect to cyber security, so all the usual warnings about checking and double checking before clicking on links etc still apply, with even more force at the moment.

In addition, with the expansion of remote working, it is important to recognise that the device you use remotely (phone, tablet or laptop) might not have the same security as your main office computer. Before you conduct work on such a device you must ensure that it (as well as your office network of course) is secure. It is also important to be aware that wireless networks present their own security issues (ie public networks are generally not secure) so only use secure wireless networks.