Family and Federal Circuit Court COVID-19 updates

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Family Court and Federal Circuit Court COVID-19 measures 

Posted 18 November 2020 

Following the South Australian Premier’s announcement regarding a number of important COVID-19 related restrictions effective midnight, the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Courts) have made some urgent operational changes in the Adelaide Registry.

In order to continue to provide the Courts’ important service during this time, the following changes will be in place until 24 November 2020, unless a further extension is announced by Government:

  • all hearings scheduled will be run remotely, and parties and witnesses must appear via Microsoft Teams or telephone;
  •  where Child Dispute Services (CDS) interviews are scheduled to occur with adult parties, interviews will be conducted by Microsoft Teams (or by telephone if this is not possible); where CDS interviews or observations are scheduled to occur with children, CDS will consider the individual circumstances of each case to form a view as to whether it is safe and appropriate to conduct the interview remotely; and
  • all duty lawyer and legal support services which are run out the Court in Adelaide will need to be provided remotely.

These changes will be closely reviewed in line with Government health advice and restrictions.