Like almost all aspects of public life, the court system in Australia has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. The ordinary practices and procedures that we take for granted, including face-to-face hearings, are not possible in the current climate. As a result, the courts have had to come up with a number of special measures to enable the administration of justice to continue during the pandemic.
It is important for practitioners to keep an up-to-date awareness of these measures, particularly as they differ between courts and are likely to be subject to regular change. In this article, we focus on some of the key the special measures currently in place in the Federal Court of Australia.
The Federal Court has published the following three notes setting out arrangements for the continued operation of the Court during the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia:
The three notes are available on the Practice Notes page of the Federal Court’s website here. The Court is also publishing regular updates in relation to its operation during the COVID-19 outbreak here.
We set out below some of the key measures that the Federal Court currently has in place.
SMIN-1: Special Measures Information note
Special arrangements are in place for the continued operation of the Federal Court, including the following:
SMIN-2: Admiralty and Maritime—Warrants for the arrest of ships
Special arrangements are in place in relation to warrants for the arrest of ships, including the following:
SMIN-3: Appeals and Full Court Hearings
Special arrangements are in place for the conduct and management of appeals and Full Court hearings, including the following:
Authors: Susan Goodman & Melissa de Jongh
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Published by Susan Goodman, Melissa de Jongh