Public Notices

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 (“COVID-19”) and the measures that the Magistrates Court has put in place to mitigate the risks to court users.

Until further order, you are not permitted to enter this Court building unless you:

  • are required to do so for a listed matter or you are a party, witness, counsel or have otherwise been directed to attend in relation to a matter;
  • require face to face services of the Registry;
  • hold a media accreditation card;
  • are a recognised support person for a participant in the IDD Program, Mental Health Court or Drug Court;
  • are a person who has the expressed prior approval from the Judicial Officer hearing the matter; and
  • wear a mask if required in accordance with a Health Department direction.

And in any event, do NOT enter the building if:

  • you have been confirmed as having COVID 19 and are presently required to isolate in accordance with a Health Department direction.

In order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and promote social distancing, the Court is limiting the number of persons within the Court. You may be requested to leave the Court building and return to the building at a specified time.

For further information please contact your local Magistrates Court.

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
  • 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.

The Chief Magistrate has requested Judicial Officers to adopt a generous attitude when a party seeks to have a hearing adjourned due to self- isolation, or because a person falls into a high risk category.

Where a party does not wish to appear before the Magistrates Court in person (due to self- isolation or falling into a “high risk” category), 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 the matter number (IE – Prosecution Number, or Case Reference), their email address, and (direct) telephone number they wish to be called on at the hearing.

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

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.

Last updated: 10-Jun-2022

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