Victoria's courts and VCAT continue to adapt with the rest of the community to the additional public health measures put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Physical attendance at courts remains limited. For those who are required to attend physically the following information is provided.
The latest Directions from the Chief Health Officer will mean that from Thursday 23 July anyone in Victoria's court or tribunal buildings must wear a face covering unless an exemption applies. Those exemptions include where:
the nature of a person's work means that clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential, such as:
required or authorised by law, such as:
the person has a physical or mental health illness or condition or disability which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable:
the person is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication:
It is expected that now that there is a general requirement to wear face coverings in public, most people attending court will have their own, and will be wearing a face covering when arriving at court. Some disposable face coverings will continue to be available to court and tribunal users attending for hearings, or the registry in person. These can be obtained at entrance points before security screening. Guidance on how to properly fit and dispose face coverings will be provided and displayed.
Further information on face coverings can be found on the DHHS website.
It remains the expectation that all court participants maintain physical distancing and, even if face coverings are removed pursuant to an exemption while in court, that they be worn when moving through the court environment.
This practice is a further measure towards providing a safe workplace for everyone working in, and coming into, Victoria's courts and tribunal. Please also follow the continuing health advice including:
The health and safety of judicial officers, staff, and court users is of the highest priority. We will continue to closely follow public health advice, and thank all those coming into our courts and tribunal for their patience and understanding as we work together to reduce the spread of coronavirus.