Lists are being
conducted by Microsoft Teams or by telephone. Hearing times may be staggered to
Directions Hearings and Trials – any matter that is currently listed will proceed electronically where possible. Where a case has to be vacated or requires a face-to-face hearing, it will be placed in anational pool and be listed as soon as the operations of the Courts allow.
Dispute Services interviews
with adults are now being conducted by telephoneor video. For assessments that have
a child inclusive element,
Family Consultants will consider whether this can also be done remotely. Where a remote
interview is not possible or appropriate, and the assessment of children is
considered to be critical and urgent, an in-person child interview and observation will still be
conducted if the family is in a position to attend the Registry in accordance
with the updated In-Person Interview Protocol.
The Courts will be ordering any appropriate case that may have to be vacated or is being prepared for trial to electronic mediation.