Easing July lockdown restrictions - Message from the Chief Justice

The following update is from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chair of Courts Council, Anne Ferguson, on behalf of the Victorian courts and VCAT.

6 August 2021

Chief Justice Anne Ferguson said the Victorian courts and VCAT will gradually adjust operations in line with the easing of COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions from 28 July 2021.

A mixture of in-person and remote hearings will continue in the courts.

Density limits will apply in court buildings other than spaces being used for jury trials, so remote hearings will play an ongoing and important role in continuing to hear matters.

Masks will be required to be worn in court buildings subject to exemptions.

New jury trials will resume from Thursday 29 July, 2021. Trials that had to be vacated during the restrictions will be re-listed as soon as possible.

“The adaptability of all those who contribute to the operations of the Courts and VCAT each and every day has enabled us to continue hearing matters for the benefit of the Victorian community,” Chief Justice Ferguson said.

“We are deeply grateful for that support as we continue to navigate this pandemic.”