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COVID-19 Measures

The Children’s Court of Victoria remains open and operational at all venues.

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the operations of the Children’s Court of Victoria, the Court has given a number of directions to users of the Court, including members of the public, and the legal profession.

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Update from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chair of Courts Council, Anne Ferguson, on behalf of the Victorian courts and VCAT
 

Effective from 12 February 2021

Directions to court users, members of the public and legal profession

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Children’s Courts is:

If you have a case at the Children’s Court, you should not attend unless directed to do so by a Judicial Officer.

Call the relevant registry for more information and to find out how to join a remote online hearing. 

If you have been served with a child protection application by the DFFS, read this information sheet about how to find a lawyer and how to join the remote online hearing.

We have dedicated staff to help court users understand court processes.

Our Court Support Coordinators are available by phone on:

  • Melbourne Children’s Court:0428 133 321
  • Broadmeadows Children’s Court: 0456 718 527
  • Moorabbin Children’s Court: 0447 236 286

Measures

Entry to the Melbourne, Broadmeadows and Moorabbin Children’s Courts is restricted in accordance with the COVID-19 Entry Notice.

If attendance at the Melbourne, Broadmeadows and Moorabbin Children’s Courts is permitted and required, to promote the safety of all court users we have introduced the following measures:

Face masks must be worn at all times.

All staff and judicial officers of the Court have been briefed on individual measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

  • Hand sanitisers are available for use throughout Court buildings.
  • Surfaces are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day and overnight.
  • Sneeze guards have been installed at all counters.
  • Signage indicates how to observe a 1.5m distance at counters, in corridors and waiting areas, and when seated.
  • Every enclosed space has been measured and clearly displays the number of people who are permitted to enter to allow 4 square metres per person.

NO person is permitted to enter Children’s Court buildings under any circumstances if they:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • are waiting on the results of a test for COVID-19
  • are required to be in isolation or quarantine
  • are unwell, (including those with a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of smell)

Read a statement about the end of COVID-19 circuit breaker restrictions from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chair of Courts Council, Anne Ferguson, on behalf of the Victorian courts and VCAT.