Practice Direction 15 of 2020
FAMILY DIVISION – CHILD PROTECTION PROCEEDINGS - COVID-19 EMERGENCY PROTOCOL
This Practice Direction introduces further measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of child protection proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court). When it comes into effect, this Practice Direction revokes Practice Direction No.1 of 2020 and Practice Direction No. 9 of 2020.
This Practice Direction is to be read in conjunction with Practice Direction No. 14 of 2020 – Readiness Hearings.
This Practice Direction applies at Melbourne Children’s Court with effect from 23 November 2020 and at all other venues of the Children’s Court from 7 December 2020.