AVL arrangements during COVID-19

03/04/2020

COVID-19: A message from President Tim Game SC

The last few weeks have brought unprecedented challenges for the courts and the legal profession with regard to the establishment of effective systems for the remote hearings of matters. What is apparent is that the courts, as well as the profession, are using their best endeavours to transition to workable AVL arrangements during this COVID-19 period.

Although there continue to be issues with the capacity of the systems being employed, the Supreme and District Courts are continuing to explore ways to address these problems. I encourage members to deal with these issues with patience and perseverance and continue to use their best efforts to assist the courts in what is an unenviable task.

Members requiring help with the use of online hearing technology as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to contact the Bar Association’s Innovation and Technology Committee, which will provide email and eventually telephone assistance to members having connectivity issues. Contact: technology_assist@nswbar.asn.au

COVID - 19 : Information for Attending Court

The New South Wales Bar Association’s consolidated guide to COVID-19-related court arrangements has today again been updated in terms of recent developments and includes:

Members are advised in this regard that, although the Bar Association is regularly updating the COVID-19 page of its website as information comes to hand, please refer to the latest court resources directly as developments are changing quickly at this time. Do not make any assumptions regarding your case without first doing so. Links to the various court and tribunal pages are provided in the body of the guide.


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