Courts

Up-to-date information on court operations 

COVID-19 court updates for the legal profession

  • Federal Court of Australia
    The Federal Court has decided to close public-facing counters and cease face-to face services from Tuesday 24 March 2020. While the counters are closed, staff are still working in registries and remotely to provide services and support to practitioners and litigants via phone and other online services. The Federal court has been developing its capacity to hear matters remotely and home office capabilities of judges and staff. Read more
    The Chief Justice’s most recent update to the profession is available here.
    The Federal Court is conducting hearings using Microsoft Teams technology and has released a practitioners' guide for the use of this technology.
  • Children's Court
    The Children’s Court of NSW is working hard to reduce the risks associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is continuing to follow guidelines implemented by the Federal and State Governments.
    The President of the Children’s Court has introduced a number of changes to practices in the Children’s Court to reduce risks to all persons in involved in Children’s Court proceedings.  A notice of the changes has been published on the Children’s Court website.  The Court is continuing to develop processes to enable legal professionals to appear by other means other than physical attendance.  The President would like to thank the legal profession for their co-operation and the speed with which they have adapted their practices in response to the pandemic.
  • Land and Environment Court
    The Court has implemented measures to reduce the need for personal attendance by parties and keep the Court operational as far as possible.
  • NCAT 
    In light of the current situation, NCAT has created a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) information web page. This page will serve as a single source of information for people looking for any changes or disruptions to NCAT services as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Workers Compensation Commission
    The Workers Compensation Commission has made changes to hearing procedures in response to COVID 19.
  • Office of the Registrar General (ORG)
    The ORG has released information in relation to land transaction services in NSW. The dedicated webpage will be ORG’s source of regular updates.
  • NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS)
    NSW Land Registry Services (LRs) have introduced further social distancing measures which are available on their website.
  • Admissions
    Admission ceremonies for NSW lawyers have been temporarily suspended. Arrangements have been made so that candidates will be admitted from the date of their scheduled ceremony. Candidates will have an option to attend a later ceremony to celebrate their admission.
  • ATO ‘one stop shop’ for essential tax and super information
    The ATO has published a ‘one stop shop’ with essential tax and superannuation information on the COVID-19 stimulus measures. See also ATO COVID-19 FAQs
  • Legal Aid
    All Legal Aid advice services are now phone advice only.
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal
    The Administrative Appeals Tribunal is closed to all visitors from Thursday 26 March 2020 until further notice. Services remain available to Tribunal users and you are encouraged to monitor the AAT website for further updates.