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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 10 June 2021

The Children’s Court is currently:

Criminal Cases

To get legal advice call Victoria Legal Aid on 9269 0108 or the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service on 1800 064 865.

If you have a criminal case in the Children’s Court, you must attend Court in person if you have received a notice to do so, unless the Court or your lawyer tells you your case will be heard online.

Child Protection Cases

If you have been served with a child protection application by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), read this information sheet about how to find a lawyer and how to join the remote online hearing. Call the relevant registry for more information and to find out how to join a 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

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.

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

  • have been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • have any symptoms of Covid-19
  • are a close contact of a person with Covid-19
  • are required to be in quarantine or isolation
  • have been asked to take a Covid-19 test and have not received a negative result

Entry

Under the Court Security Act Notice dated 27 April 2021, only the following people may enter the Children’s Court of Victoria.

Anyone who is:

  • in immediate need of the face-to-face services of the registry
  • admitted by direction of a registrar or a judicial officer of the Court
  • a party to a proceeding
  • a legal representative of a party to a proceeding
  • a support person for a party to a proceeding (one support person per party)
  • a representative of the media.