We’re in lockdown – do I still need to attend my children’s court matter?
On the 26th of June 2021, the NSW Government announced a series of ‘Stay At Home Orders’, which have basically but us all back into lockdown. This can be a really tricky time, but Stanfords Solicitors and Mediators is here to guide you through this process. You can call us for advice on 1300 444 LAW. The following information applies to matters in court in the Greater Sydney area.
Please note that the Stay At Home Orders and COVID-19 Regulations in NSW are changing regularly. This information is up to date at the time of publishing, but may be subject to changes and updates.
Courts are open and cases are still going ahead
The Courts that operate within Greater Sydney are still operating as close to normal as possible. Courts are exempt for regulations in relation to gatherings, and you are allowed to leave your home to meet legal obligations. So, if you have a court date in the next couple of weeks, it’s still on. The courts are implementing temporary measures though for the safety of the public.
What do I need to know?
The Children’s Court is still having cases, and they will be dealt with by Audio Visual Link (AVL or video call). If they can’t be dealt with by AVL, there will be a phone attendance and the Magistrate will give the parties directions on what will happen next.
So if you have a matter that is listed for the next couple of weeks, it is still be going ahead. If it is listed for a final hearing though, the hearing will be postponed and directions given by the Magistrate about what is to happen until the hearing takes place.
Parents do not attend if they have a lawyer.
How do I know what to do?
We will attend court for you on the court date. You do not have attend, but you do need to be able to speak with us before and after your matter so that we can get your instructions, and then let you know what happened. Please do not make any plans on your court date, and treat it as though you were still going in person.
We will also email you with any special information if we need to.
We understand that this can be a difficult time. Attending court is a serious matter. Stanfords Solicitors and Mediators has been through this before though, and we are able to support you through the legal process to our usual high standards.
If you require any advice in relation to your upcoming court matter, call Stanfords on 1300 444 LAW.