Public Notices

The following Public Notice was provided by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 31 March, 2020, to all users of Courts in Western Australia. The notice relates to the Prohibited Gathering Direction on 31 March, 2020, prohibiting public gatherings of more than 2 persons, and its applicability to courthouses and courtrooms in Western Australia.

The following Guidelines are provided by the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia, and describes the people who should and should not be entering the precincts of the Magistrates Court.

The following public notice is provided to all users of the Magistrates Court (including members of the public and the legal profession) on the novel coronavirus, called COVID-19, and the measures that the Magistrates Court has put in place to mitigate the risks to court users.

Any person proposing to attend the Magistrates Court and

  • has travelled and returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days; or
  • has had close contact with another person who has returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days and is feeling unwell and experiencing flu like symptoms; or
  • has had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected as having COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
  • is feeling unwell and is experiencing fly like symptoms; or
  • has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and is currently in quarantine.

is directed not to enter the Court precincts (including courtrooms, hearing rooms and registries).

Any person considered high risk and is in self isolation should contact the Magistrates Court location that is dealing with the case to inform the Court that they are self-isolating, and to make an application to the Court to request orders to appear by alternative means. For further information on whether you are considered a “high risk” individual, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Heath website.

This direction applies to court staff, legal practitioners, parties, witnesses, media, contractors, and members of the public.

Legal practitioners or parties impacted by this direction should immediately contact the Magistrates Court location that is dealing with the case. Contact details for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the website.

While the Magistrates Court remains open to the public, the Court recommends that only legal practitioners, parties, witnesses and media should attend court hearings. Other members of the public are requested not to attend.

Where a large number of people are listed in a particular court, directions may be given restricting the number of people in the Court precincts, and giving “not before times” to the parties.

People who enter the building must comply with safe hygiene rules including:

  • Washing your hands on entry and exit to the Court precinct
  • Ensuring appropriate social distancing (including staying at least 1.5 meters away from others)
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm (not into your hands) and
  • Disposing of tissues in a bin, and washing your hands following the disposal.

At this point in time, Registry services will continue to operate as they usually do, however, all parties are encouraged to lodge documents electronically.

Where practical, all documents presented for lodgment in the Magistrates Court should be presented for lodgment electronically (using the Court’s Electronic Case Management System (“ECMS”). You may register for the ECMS on the eCourts Portal

Where the ECMS is not available then (in order of preference) documents should be presented for lodgment by:

  • Email to the Magistrates Court that is dealing with the case
  • Registered Post
  • Facsimile to the Magistrates Court that is dealing with the case or
  • (Where available) placing documents in the secure drop box located at the Magistrates Court Registry.

Contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

The page limits prescribed in Rule 11(3) of the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 for lodgment of documents by facsimile are suspended.

At this point in time, Court listings will continue to operate as they usually do.

Notices have been placed in all Magistrates Court registries advising Court users not to enter the Court precinct if they have:

  • travelled and returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days; or
  • had close contact with another person who has returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days and are feeling unwell and experiencing flu like symptoms; or
  • had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected as having COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
  • been feeling unwell and are experiencing fly like symptoms; or
  • had a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are currently in quarantine.

Any person considered “high risk” and is in self isolation should contact the Magistrates Court location that is dealing with the case to inform the Court that they are self-isolating, and to make an application to the Court to request orders to appear by alternative means. For further information on whether you are considered a “high risk” individual, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Heath website.

The Court precinct includes courtrooms, hearing rooms and Magistrates Court and Mining registries.

If a Court user fits these categories of persons, they must ring the relevant Magistrates Court registry to have their hearing adjourned, and request that a note be entered onto the Court record.

The Chief Magistrate has requested Judicial Officers to adopt a generous attitude when a party seeks to have a hearing adjourned due to falling into one of the risk categories identified above.

Exchange of Paper Documents

Documents should not be handed up to the judicial officer in open court. Documents that need to be tendered in Court should be presented to the Magistrates Court electronically (using the eCourts Portal, email, or facsimile) or by registered post, in advance of the hearing or trial.

Unless specified below, the exchange of documents between the parties in Court, should be determined between the parties, without the involvement of the Court.

Where parties seek to send a document to the Court whilst it is sitting, the party is permitted to use their mobile telephone, tablet, or computer in the courtroom to email the document to the relevant Magistrates Court, and the judicial support officer will print or email the document for the Magistrate.

Where parties wish to receive a document from the Court whilst it is sitting (such as a transcript, or a late report), they are permitted to use their mobile telephone, tablet, or computer in the courtroom, and the judicial support officer will email the document to the party/ies.

The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Civil Hearings (Other than Trials)

Unless otherwise ordered, physical attendance at all directions hearings, applications, and conferences is suspended.

Wherever possible, all directions hearings, applications, and conferences will be conducted by telephone, or video conferencing facilities.

Court Users who have current listings must contact the Magistrates Court that is hearing the matter, to provide their electronic contact details (including email, and telephone numbers).

The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Civil Trials

Civil trials do not relate to Restraining Orders, Extraordinary Driver’s Licences, or Protection and Care Matters.

Civil trials to be held in the Magistrates Court at Perth are temporarily suspended. Civil trials to be held at all other Magistrates Court locations will be triaged by the Magistrates at that Court location, and only urgent matters will remain listed.

Subject to the views of the presiding judicial officer, the parties and counsel must physically appear at all civil trials.

This decision will be reviewed by the end of May, 2020.

Pre- Trial Conferences

Pre- Trial Conferences will continue as listed. Court Users who have current listings must contact the Magistrates Court that is hearing the matter, to provide their contact details (including email, and telephone numbers).

At the discretion of individual judicial officers, personal attendance at Pre- Trial Conferences will not be required. Wherever possible, arrangements must be made for appearances by telephone link.

If a Pre- Trial Conference cannot be safely accommodated on the day it is presently listed, and an alternative arrangement cannot be made (for example, attendance by telephone), the individual judicial officer may adjourn the Pre- Trial Conference to a date to be fixed.

Means Inquiry/ Default Inquiry Hearings

The Magistrates Court acknowledges that the current practices adopted by Court Users at Means Inquiries and Default Inquiries is to interview the Judgment Debtor before the matter is called in Court. To limit the interactions between parties at Means Inquiry and Default Inquiry hearings, Court Users are discouraged from adopting these current practices.

Further, Court Users entering the Magistrates Court must comply with safe hygiene rules including:

  • washing your hands on entry and exit to the Court precinct
  • ensuring appropriate social distancing (including staying at least 1.5 meters away from others)
  • coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm (not into your hands) and
  • disposing of tissues in a bin, and washing your hands following the disposal.

To ensure that the practices adopted by Users at Means Inquiries and Default Inquiries comply with these hygiene standards, it is recommended that:

  • court users observe appropriate social distancing (including seating arrangements inside and outside the courtroom) and
  • where a large number of people are listed in court, directions may be given by the judicial officer restricting the number of people in the courtroom, and conducting a call over, to give parties a "not before time", to limit the number of people in the court at any given time.

Attendance at Means Inquiry/ Default Inquiry

To limit the number of people in the Court, where appropriate, the judicial officer may elect to have the judgment creditor appear by audio link.

In the case of a Means Inquiry, the judicial officer may elect to have the inquiry conducted by the Court pursuant to section 30(7) of the Civil Judgments Enforcements Act 2004 and Regulation 19A if the Civil Judgments Enforcements Regulations 2005.

Given the nature of Means Inquiries and Default Inquiries, the Judgment Debtor is still required to attend the Court to answer to the summons unless they fall within the category of persons directed not to enter the Court precincts. Court users are directed not to enter the Court precinct if they:

  • have travelled and returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days; or
  • have had close contact with another person who has returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days and is feeling unwell and experiencing flu like symptoms; or
  • have had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected as having COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
  • are feeling unwell and is experiencing fly like symptoms; or
  • have a confirmed case of COVID-19 and is currently in quarantine.

Any person considered “high risk” and is in self isolation should contact the Magistrates Court location that is dealing with the case to inform the Court that they are self-isolating, and to make an application to the Court to request orders to appear by alternative means. For further information on whether you are considered a “high risk” individual, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Heath website.

Arrangements must be made with the Court before the hearing, where the Judgment Debtor fall into these categories, as they may be directed not to enter the Court precincts (including courtrooms, hearing rooms and registries) or be excused from appearing before the Court in person.

Documents handed up in the hearing

Documents should not be handed up to the judicial officer in open court.

Documents that need to be tendered in Court must be presented to the Magistrates Court and to the Judgment Creditor electronically (using the eCourts Portal, email, or facsimile) or by registered post, at least 2 days in advance of the hearing. If the documentation is not lodged with the Magistrates Court within this timeframe, the Court will be unable to consider it at the hearing, and the matter may be adjourned to a different date.

If a Judgment Debtor is required under the summons to provide multiple documents to the Court and Judgment Creditor, it is suggested that a covering letter should be lodged, itemising each document that they have provided. By following these processes, it will limit the time that the parties spend inside the court room, and assists the Judicial Officer in dealing with the case expeditiously.

Listings of Enforcement Proceedings

While the current listings are continuing as usual, where appropriate to do so, the Court may elect to suspend these hearings until further notice.

At this point in time, the Court has elected to limit the number of listings available in any new enforcement applications, to limit the number of people attending the Magistrates Court.

Residential Tenancy Hearings

At this point in time, the Court listings will continue to operate as listed. At the discretion of the judicial officer, residential tenancy hearings (other than trials) may be conducted by telephone.

All documents that you intend on relying on at the hearing must be presented to the Magistrates Court for lodgment electronically (using the Court’s Electronic Case Management System (“ECMS”). You may register for the ECMS on the eCourts Portal

Where the ECMS is not available then (in order of preference) documents should be presented for lodgment by sending an email to the Magistrates Court that is dealing with the case. The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

If you are a tenant requiring legal advice related to an upcoming Residential Tenancy sitting, please use the following contacts:

Tenancy WA on (08) 9221 0088 (Metropolitan) or 1800 621 888 (Country Free Call) or

Welfare Rights & Advocacy Service on 9328 1751 or

Family Violence Service on 1800 6000 476 (for information related to applications lodged under s17B or Division 2A of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA)).

If you are a landlord, you must contact the Consumer Protection division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety on 1300 304 054 for advice.

The Consumer Protection website also contains useful information for both landlords and tenants.

Criminal Hearings (Other than Trials)

Where the parties have reached consent with the Prosecutor, all criminal hearings (other than trials) may be conducted by audio or video link.

The accused person must physically appear at the following hearings:

  • Trials
  • Bail variations
  • Appearances where a surety does not extend and
  • Sentencings, unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

Where the accused person or their legal counsel is experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms and has travelled overseas or has been in contact with a confirmed or unconfirmed case of COVID-19, the accused or their legal counsel is directed not to enter the Court precincts (including courtrooms, hearing rooms and registries).

Persons considered “high risk” and who are self- isolating should contact the Magistrates Court location that is dealing with the case to inform the Court that they are self-isolating, and to make an application to the Court to request orders to appear by alternative means. For further information on whether you are considered a “high risk” individual, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Heath website.

For all other appearances, the accused person, and their legal counsel are strongly encouraged to apply to appear via audio or video link, prior to the hearing date.

Criminal Trials

Criminal trials before Magistrates will continue as listed.

Where the participant is in a category that would prevent attendance, an early application to adjourn is encouraged, however, in any event, notification to the Court at the earliest convenience is requested.

Consent Orders and Other Adjournments

Adjournments can be dealt with in the absence of the accused person and their legal counsel.

Practice Direction 1 of 2011 is extended to include all Magistrates Court locations that deal with Applications to Adjourn Disclosure/ Committal Hearings by Consent. The consent order must be lodged with the Magistrates Court electronically, using the approved form, and be sent to the appropriate Magistrates Court registry. The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Exchange of Criminal Records

Criminal records are to be emailed to the appropriate Magistrates Court registry by the Police Prosecutor. With the consent of the presiding Judicial Officer, the parties may agree that relevant prior convictions can be read into Court by the Prosecutor.

The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Availability of Pre-Sentence Reports

The Magistrates Court will provide Pre-Sentence Reports electronically, on the condition that that the Prosecution and Defence provide a written undertaking to destroy any hard copy of the report, and delete any electronic copy of the report (following the hearing).

Where the Prosecution or Defence require a paper copy of the Pre-Sentence Report, a written undertaking must be provided to the court to destroy any hard copy of the report (following the hearing). There is no requirement to return the paper copy of the Pre-Sentence Report to the Magistrates Court.

The undertaking may be provided by contacting the relevant Magistrates Court as soon as possible before the hearing, to make arrangements in advance to obtain a copy of the Pre-Sentence Report and provide the Court with the written undertaking. Contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Please note Pre-Sentence Reports are not prepared by the court, and on occasion they may be unavailable until the day of court proceedings. The court cannot guarantee receipt of any Pre-Sentence Report prior to a scheduled hearing.

In March 2020, referrals to the Drug Court ceased until further notice.

Effective from 12 May 2020, the Magistrates Court will resume accepting applications into the Drug Court, for people who are on bail. The matters that are currently within the Drug Court will continue as listed.

At this point in time, Restraining Orders will continue to operate as they usually do.Notices have been placed in all Magistrates Court registries advising Court users not to enter the Court precinct if they have:

  • travelled and returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days; or
  • had close contact with another person who has returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days and are feeling unwell and experiencing flu like symptoms; or
  • had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected as having COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
  • been feeling unwell and are experiencing fly like symptoms; or
  • had a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are currently in quarantine.

Any person considered “high risk” and is in self isolation should contact the Magistrates Court location that is dealing with the case to inform the Court that they are self-isolating, and to make an application to the Court to request orders to appear by alternative means. For further information on whether you are considered a “high risk” individual, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Heath website.

Where a Court user is directed not to enter the Court precinct, or is “high risk” and wishes to make an application for a restraining order to the Magistrates Court, they are encouraged to do so by following the process set out below.

In all circumstances, victims of family violence are encouraged to contact the Family Violence Service duty line on 1800 600 476, or via the Department of Justice website.

Initial Applications and Applications to Vary or Cancel Restraining Orders

When an applicant is making the initial application to the Court and they are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms, and have travelled overseas or have been in contact with a confirmed or unconfirmed case of COVID-19 or because they are considered “high risk”, parties are directed to present the restraining order application for lodgment by:

  • Email to their nearest Magistrates Court registry or
  • Facsimile to their nearest Magistrates Court registry.

You may access the relevant restraining order application from the Magistrates Court website. The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can also be found on the Magistrates Court website.

The page limits prescribed in Rule 11(3) of the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 for lodgment of documents by facsimile are suspended.

Where a party is trying to lodge a document other than the initial restraining order application, they may do so in accordance with the direction provided under the heading Lodgment of Documents in the Magistrates Court.

Affidavit in Support of Application

Where an applicant wishes to provide evidence by affidavit in support of their initial application under section 28(1) of the Restraining Orders Act 1997 (WA), the Magistrates Court must accept the affidavit in support of the matters alleged in the application, and may determine the application on that evidence.

At this point in time, any affidavit lodged under section 28(1) of the Restraining Orders Act 1997 (WA) by a person experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms, and has travelled overseas or has been in contact with a confirmed or unconfirmed case of COVID-19, does not require the maker of the affidavit to comply with the requirements of Part 3 of the Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations Act 2005 (WA). In these circumstances, the applicant is not required to:

  • Have the affidavit sworn or affirmed in the presence of an authorised witness or
  • Detail where and when the affidavit was sworn or affirmed.

Restraining Order Hearings

At the discretion of the judicial officer, restraining order hearings (other than final order hearings) may be conducted by telephone.

Where a party does not wish to appear before the Magistrates Court in person for restraining order proceedings (including being prohibited from entering the Court precincts, being considered “high risk” or any other reason), they are encouraged to notify the Magistrates Court of their concerns in writing, and request to appear at the hearing by telephone link. For the ease of the presiding judicial officer, it is also recommended that the party detail their email address, and telephone number they wish to be called on at the hearing.

  • For initial restraining order applications, this request can be accompanied with the Application form, and affidavit (if lodged).
  • Where a restraining order hearing has already been scheduled, a letter should be sent to the Magistrates Court (either by email, facsimile, or by post) before the hearing.

The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Subject to the views of the presiding judicial officer, the matter may be adjourned to the next available hearing date, where a party cannot be contacted at the date and time of the hearing.

The Chief Magistrate has requested that Judicial Officers adopt a generous attitude when considering affidavits lodged by applicants, under section 28(1) of the Restraining Orders Act 1997 (WA), and has requested that Judicial Officers (or an authorised officer) administer an oath or affirmation to the applicant during the course of the appearance by audio link. The Chief Magistrate has also requested that the Judicial Officer make reasonable efforts to confirm that the applicant:

  • Is the person named as the maker of the affidavit
  • Swears or affirms that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct
  • That the signature that appears on the application and affidavit is that of the applicant and
  • (If necessary) that any attachment to the affidavit is the attachment referred to in the affidavit.

The Court is considering all options available to it, and Judicial Officers may elect to conduct proceedings in any manner that they see fit, and is available to them under the relevant legislation.

All Applicants are strongly encouraged to make their application for an Extraordinary Drivers Licence electronically. Contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

At this point in time, Extraordinary Drivers Licence listings will continue to operate as they currently do. Legal counsel and the Director of the Department of Transport may appear at hearings by audio or video link, however, the Applicant is required to physically appear before the relevant Magistrates Court unless otherwise directed not to enter the building, or where other arrangements have been approved by the Court (including arrangements for persons considered as “high risk”).

The Chief Magistrate has requested that Judicial Officers adopt a generous attitude when considering affidavits lodged by Applicants, under Rule 51(1) or (3) of the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 (WA), and has requested that Judicial Officers (or an authorised officer) administer an oath or affirmation to the Applicant during the course of the appearance. The Chief Magistrate has also requested that the Judicial Officer make reasonable efforts to confirm that the applicant:

  • is the person named as the maker of the affidavit
  • swears or affirms that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct
  • that the signature that appears on the application and affidavit is that of the applicant and
  • (If necessary) that any attachment to the affidavit is the attachment referred to in the affidavit.

The Court is considering all options available to it, and Judicial Officers may elect to conduct proceedings in any manner that they see fit, and is available to them under the relevant legislation.

Practice Direction 1/2008 sets out the timeframes required for service of witness summonses.

In an effort to mitigate the risks to Court Users and Magistrates Court employees arising out of COVID-19, the procedures for complying with witness summonses in the Magistrates Court have varied.

At this point in time, there is no departure to the timeliness of service of witness summonses, and the practice shall remain as the one set out by the Chief Magistrate in Practice Direction 1/2008. The Western Australia Police Force have notified the Magistrates Court that due to the pressures placed on their organisation by COVID-19, they will be unable to effect service of witness summonses within their usual service standards of 4 weeks, and instead, are expected to effect service of witness summonses in a 6 week period.

Court Users are reminded to be mindful of these timeframes when making their application for witness summons.

Criminal Witness Summonses

The operation of regulation 26(2) of the Criminal Procedure Regulations 2005 is temporarily suspended, and the Magistrates Court will accept the delivery of documents electronically where a summonsed person is required to produce a record or thing to the Court. The documents must be produced to the Court electronically (by the eCourts Portal, email, or by facsimile) before the hearing.

Where a party requires a physical or paper document for trial, the party should re-summons the witness using the prescribed form, and request that the documents be delivered by post or courier in accordance section 163 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2004.

Subject to the directions of the presiding judicial officer, where a summonsed person is required to attend court and provide oral evidence, they may give evidence by telephone. Where the summonsed person is seeking to appear by telephone, they are encouraged to notify the Magistrates Court and request to give evidence by video or telephone link. The parties (including the summonses person) are encouraged to confer with one another regarding the requirement of the witness to appear before the Court in person.

Where the summonsed person is seeking an order to appear at the hearing by telephone link, they should contact the party (who lodged the witness summons) to notify them of their intention to appear by telephone link, and where appropriate, lodge consent orders with the Magistrates Court.

Where there is no consent between the parties, the application for telephone link must be in writing, addressed to the presiding Judicial Officer, and must be lodged electronically (by the eCourts Portal, email, or by facsimile) before the hearing. The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Civil Witness Summonses

Any person summonsed to produce evidentiary material at a trial in accordance with Rule 71A(3) and (4) of the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Rules 2005 or Rule 39A(3) and (4) of the Magistrates Court (Minor Cases Procedure) Rules 2005 may do so by electronic means. The documents must be produced to the Court electronically (by the eCourts Portal, email, or by facsimile) before the hearing.

Subject to the directions of the presiding judicial officer, where a summonsed person is required to attend court and provide oral evidence, they may give evidence by telephone. Where the summonsed person is seeking to appear by telephone, they are encouraged to notify the Magistrates Court and request to give evidence by video or telephone link. The parties are encouraged to confer with one another regarding the requirement of the witness to appear before the Court in person.

The application for telephone link must be in writing, addressed to the presiding Judicial Officer, and must be lodged electronically (by the eCourts Portal, email, or by facsimile) before the hearing.

Contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Inspection of Documents

While the Magistrates Court remains open to the public, the Court recommends that only legal practitioners, parties, witnesses and media should attend court hearings. Other members of the public are requested not to attend, and any unnecessary attendances at the Court should be limited.

Where a court user is seeking to inspect documents produced under subpoena or witness summons, the court user must contact the court as soon as possible to make arrangements in advance to avoid unnecessary attendances at the Magistrates Court.

Contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Where it is practical to do so, employees of the Magistrates Court are directed to provide copies of documents to Court users electronically, where an application to inspect or obtain a copy of a Court record is raised under the Magistrates Court Act 2004 (section 33(3), (7), or (9)).

Where the court user is seeking to inspect a large number of items, employees of the Magistrates Court are directed to use their discretion as to whether the request can be actioned by electronic measures, or whether the court user should attend the Magistrates Court.

The current message from the Australian Government is that non-essential indoor gatherings of less than 100 people must have no more than one person per 4sqm. While the current message from the Western Australian Department of Health is that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 of paper files is low provided that safe hygiene practices are followed, the Magistrates Court will deal with inspection of documents by appointment only.

Any person proposing to attend the Magistrates Court and is experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms and has travelled overseas or has been in contact with a confirmed or unconfirmed case of COVID-19, is directed not to enter the Court precincts (including courtrooms, hearing rooms and registries).

Payments for lodgment of Court documents

To limit the spread of COVID-19, all payments required for the lodgment of documents must be made by credit or debit card from 23 March, 2020. The Court will generate an invoice, which can be paid via the eCourts Portal, or by returning the credit card authority.

An invoice can be paid through the eCourts Portal by clicking on the "Pay Invoice" tab eCourts Portal. You are required to enter in the invoice number, which can be provided to you by the Court, complete a CAPTCHA test and click "Find Invoice". Payment can be made through direct debit or entering in your credit card details.

Court Services: Aboriginal Liaison Officers

Aboriginal liaison officers are located at various courthouses throughout WA, and provide a critical link between the justice system, Aboriginal people, and the community. For further information on the services provided by Aboriginal Liaison Officers.

At this point in time, the services provided by Aboriginal Liaison Officers will continue to operate as usual. Due to COVID-19, additional measures are put in place to limit the personal interactions Aboriginal Liaison Officers have with Court Users, those being:

  • the provision of services by electronic means (including telephone calls and emails) to Court Users
  • requiring the Court user to observe appropriate social distancing (standing at least 1.5 meters away from the Aboriginal Liaison Officer) where face-to-face services are being provided and
  • ensuring that Court Users entering the Magistrates Court must comply with safe hygiene rules including:
    • washing their hands on entry and exit to the Court precinct
    • coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm (not into your hands) and
    • disposing of tissues in a bin, and washing your hands following the disposal.

Aboriginal Liaison Officers are based out of the Magistrates Courts at Perth, Albany, Broome, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Karratha, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, and South Hedland, and at the Perth Children’s Court. You may obtain the contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) these Magistrates Court locations on the Magistrates Court website.

Helpful Contacts

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia Limited - 1800 019 900 (free call WA)

Community Legal Centres Association - (08) 9221 9322

Consumer Protection - 1300 304 054

Family Violence Service - 1800 6000 476

Legal Aid Western Australia - 1300 650 579

Perth Children's Court - (08) 9218 0100

Tenancy WA - (08) 9221 0088 (Metropolitan) or 1800 621 888 (Country Free Call)

Welfare Rights & Advocacy Service - (08) 9328 1751

All Magistrates Court employees have been advised that, if they have flu like symptoms, and have had possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, they should not come to work unless they have had a medical clearance to do so.

Magistrates Court employees who have recently returned to Australia from overseas have been directed to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, before returning to work.

If staffing levels are affected by illness or quarantine, Magistrates Court hearings may need to be adjourned to another day. Matters which can proceed will be assessed by the Judicial Officer (on a priority basis).

This is an unprecedented situation, and the information surrounding COVID-19, and government policies (both State and Federal) are changing rapidly in response. The Magistrates Court is doing its best to strike a balance between keeping services available to the community and ensuring the health and safety of all Court users and employees of the Magistrates Court.

Due to the influx in the number of enquiries that are being raised with the Magistrates Court, additional pressure has been placed on our customer service staff. These additional pressures result in delays in responding to enquiries, and the current service standards may not apply.

Regular updates to this advice will be published on the Magistrates Court website and posted in the registries of the Magistrates Courts across Western Australia.


Last updated: 6-May-2020

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