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Courts and Tribunals - COVID-19

  • Newsletter Article
  • Published 23.03.2020

The following arrangements have been entered into in response to COVID-19:

Workers Compensation Commission

The WCC has today directed that from Monday 23 March 2020 all conciliation/arbitration proceedings, mediation conferences and presidential hearings will be conducted by telephone.

A link to the WCC announcement can be found here.

District Court of NSW and Supreme Court of NSW

As of 18 March 2020 there are special arrangements for the conduct of personal appearances of legal practitioners.

Directions hearings in the general list in the District Court can now be attended telephonically.

The Supreme Court has taken similar steps to limit the personal attendances required at court and the general directions list will be conducted by telephone as much as possible.

The link to the District Court bulletin can be found here.

The link to the Supreme Court bulletin can be found here.

At this stage, all scheduled hearings will proceed. However, both courts have reiterated the usual concerns regarding self exclusion if you are experiencing symptoms or having recently returned from overseas travel.