The County Court will scale down its work from Monday 30 March 2020, until Thursday 9 April 2020. While each Division is different, the Court will, where necessary, reduce its work during this transition period and focus on matters considered high priority, essential or urgent.
The County Court of Victoria has announced a series of changes to operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in response to the fact that new jury trials are unlikely to occur until the last quarter of 2020 at the earliest.
Chief Judge Peter Kidd said the Court was moving quickly to address the unprecedented situation.
“The Court is dealing with our most challenging crisis in recent memory by using technology to keep operations going, wherever possible, while protecting the health and safety of Court users. We acknowledge these are difficult times for the justice system and we thank all Court users for their patience as we work through this crisis. The Courts are working closely together, implementing responses to the crisis and we will update our plans according to the latest advice.”
The Court will monitor this fast-evolving situation daily and will continually update Court users of further changes.
Please note: the County Court has published consolidated information on its recent changes to operations in response to COVID-19 across its Criminal, Common Law and Commercial Divisions.