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COVID-19 updates—2 July 2021

2 July 2021

Dear Practitioners,

Please see updated information below from Court Services Queensland:

Lockdown will continue for a further 24 hrs until 6 p.m. 3 July 2021 for the City of Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region.  For all other areas previously impacted, lockdown restrictions will be lifted from 6pm tonight.  

At this stage Corrections across Queensland Centres are in Stage 3, we are waiting to hear about how today’s news will impact them. 

Supreme & District Court

Unless the situation changes over the weekend, once the lock down ends, the courts will revert to business in accordance with the remaining restrictions as implemented on Monday 28 June 2021. 

Magistrates Courts affected by the extended lockdown

The courthouses’ where operations are affected by the continued lockdown are: the Brisbane Magistrates Court, Brisbane Arrest Courts, Caboolture, Holland Park, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Richlands, Sandgate and Wynnum Magistrates Courts 

Lockdown restrictions will continue until 6 pm 3 July 2021. 

  • If the lockdown is lifted prior to court commencing on Monday, the courts listed above will return to normal operations with the requirement for masks to be worn in the courthouse.
  • If the lockdown is extended to cover Monday, the current arrangements (attached) for the above courts only, will continue.  That is:
    • All appearances will be by telephone or video unless the Magistrate provides leave.
    • Those wishing to appear should contact local courthouses.
    • Prosecutors may appear with leave and aggrieved applicants in urgent domestic and family violence applications.  
    • Subject to specific exemptions, registries will not be open to the public. 
    • Signage will be displayed on courthouse doors with contact numbers for the registry to allow access where required. 
    • Masks will be required in courthouses. 

Lifting of lockdown restrictions from 6pm tonight applies to:

Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Caloundra, Cleveland, Coolangatta, Gatton, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Nambour, Noosa,  Pomona, Southport and Townsville courthouses.

The doors in these courthouses will reopen on Monday morning, returning to the pre-lockdown arrangements where masks will be required in the court building for the next two weeks.

Further updates

Impacts on courts as a result of any extension beyond Monday will be assessed and further information sent out, should that occur.  The courts website will be updated with further information.

30 June 2021

As a result of the 3-day lockdown Legal Aid Queensland will be reverting to a completely remote duty lawyer service.

We request preferred suppliers seeking to adjourn their matters, particularly for large call overs this week, apply for an electronic adjournment of their matters using the Online Application:

Brisbane Magistrate court matters:

Ordinarily, applications lodged through the Online Application for a Court Event  portal must be submitted two clear business days before the current listed date. This requirement is temporarily removed and the PPC have given a blanket consent. The officer to list as giving blanket consent is Sharon Curruthers - Curruthers.SharonA@police.qld.gov.au

The Magistrates Court form can be accessed here

District Court and Supreme Court matters:

The portals cut off time for electronic adjournments is 1pm the day before, however, during the 3-day lock down the court has advised requests for adjournments after 1pm can be made by emailing  the District Court / Supreme Court list managers.

The Supreme and District Court form can be accessed here

LAQ also posts COVID-19 updates on the LAQ website here 

Please also check the following websites for the latest updates:

Queensland Courts – update on court closures

West Moreton Health – update on The Park – Centre for Mental Health and Gailes Community Care Unit. 

Mental Health Review Tribunal – hearings to be conducted remotely up to and including Friday 9 July 2021

Last updated 2 July 2021

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