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August COVID-19 restrictions - message from the Chief Justice

The following message is from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chair of Courts Council, Anne Ferguson, on behalf of the Victorian courts and VCAT.

The Victorian courts and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will again implement their contingency plans in response to the restrictions announced yesterday to address the localised outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Chief Justice Anne Ferguson said the courts and VCAT would revert back to the arrangements during the May and July circuit breaker restrictions.

“This is our working reality in Victoria for the time being, and it’s very important that the courts and VCAT continue to do what we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Chief Justice Ferguson said.

“As we have many times before, we will continue to operate in line with the public health advice in a way that minimises potential disruption.”

Chief Justice Ferguson said matters would be held in person only where it is not practicable for them to be held remotely and it is essential that they proceed. The courts and VCAT will continue to hear as many matters as possible remotely. Some matters may be adjourned for a period of time.

Jury trials which are already underway will continue, following COVID-safe plans, although a few may be adjourned. No new criminal jury trials will begin until restrictions ease.

“These are unpredictable times and I continue to be deeply grateful to all who work in, with and around the courts and VCAT for their goodwill and willingness to adapt,” Chief Justice Ferguson said.

The Honourable Chief Justice Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

The Honourable Chief Judge Peter Kidd, Chief Judge of the County Court

The Honourable Justice Michelle Quigley, President of VCAT

Her Honour Judge Lisa Hannan, Chief Magistrate

His Honour Judge Jack Vandersteen, President of the Children's Court

His Honour Judge John Cain, State Coroner

Last updated on 06 Aug 2021
Last updated on 06 Aug 2021
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