Practice Direction 10 of 2020
FAMILY DIVISION – COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
SUBPOENAS AND THE ONLINE INSPECTION OF DOCUMENTS
This Practice Direction is issued pursuant to Section 592 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and Rule 9B(2)(ii) and Rule 9G of the Children, Youth and Families (Children’s Court Family Division) Rules 2017 (the Rules).
This Practice Direction introduces further temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria and applies to Family Division matters listed at Melbourne, Moorabbin or Broadmeadows Children’s Court (including regional matters that are being case managed by Melbourne Children’s Court).
This Practice Direction outlines the process that applies to the issuing of a witness summons, the listing of a return of a witness summons, the management of objections and the method of inspection of documents produced pursuant to a witness summons, including the online inspection of subpoenaed documents.
This Practice Direction commences on 3 August 2020.