Coronavirus (COVID-19) divisional responses

11 January 2021

The County Court has published consolidated information on changes to operations in response to COVID-19 across its Criminal, Common Law and Commercial Divisions.

These responses are intended to assist court users by providing information and guidance on the necessary changes to the Court’s operations within each division.

Criminal Division

The Court has developed processes to assist in the safe resumption of jury trials,which also contains answers to questions about the resumption of jury trials.

Based on current health and safety advice and until further notice, the mask setting for criminal jury trials is ‘Setting 1’ which requires all trial participants, including speakers, to wear a mask.

Cases are currently being managed through progression, including scheduling of matters, application and hearing processes, logistics and communications, and other pre-trial processes.

See the full list of Criminal Division COVID-19 emergency protocols and forms.

Registrations for Zoom hearings

Commencing 18 January, anyone seeking to attend a virtual hearing or eHearing in any of the following lists is required to register their attendance before the hearing by completing an online registration form for the relevant list:

  • 9am General Crime List
  • 9am Sexual Offences List
  • 9.30am Circuit List.

Parties must register their appearance at least two days before the hearing. Practitioners can register for their client or counsel if they have the full name, email address which will be used to access the hearing and a current phone number.

A Remote hearing notification form is not required where a party has registered their appearance or attendance.

For all other criminal virtual hearings and eHearings, including the 10.30am General Crime List and 10.30am Sexual Offences List, a Remote hearing notification form must be filed.

Find more information about registering for virtual hearings and trials.

Common Law Division

See the full list of Common Law Division COVID-19 protocols.

Commercial Division

See the full list of Commercial Division COVID-19 protocols and forms.

Virtual hearings and trials

The Virtual hearings and trials webpage provides information on videoconferencing processes that have been introduced by the Court.

COVIDSafe Plan

Court Services Victoria is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees, judicial officers, key partners and court users. The COVIDSafe Plan sets this out.

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Page last updated: 14 January 2021