Guideline for Magistrates Court operations
The Magistrates Court has released an information guide that outlines standardised COVID-19 arrangements for courthouses and courtrooms across Queensland. Arrangements for each COVID-19 stage, one to four, are outlined in the document. The aim of the guideline is to ensure there is clarity about how Magistrates Courts will operate and to expedite communication in the event of restrictions being announced. The guidelines are intended to operate state-wide.
Correctional Centres in the south east Queensland corner as far north as Woodford have reverted to Stage 2 operations, affecting –
- Arthur Gorrie;
- Brisbane Women’s;
- Southern QLD;
- PAH Secure Unit; and
- Palen Creek, Numinbah and Helana Jones
Under Stage 2, the following applies -
- All personal in-person visits, are suspended. Professional in-person visits, including by legal representatives, continue;
- Visit restrictions include those who have been overseas or in a QH declared hotspot/interstate area of concern in the last 14 days, or showing symptoms of cold/flu;
- Wearing of masks by visitors within the Centre is mandatory
- Movements of prisoners outside of these centres are minimised due to the risks;
- Production of prisoners for Court attendance continues where the Court requires in person appearance (unless advised otherwise by QH). Where permissible by the Courts, appearances by prisoners via video links are sought to be maximised.
- Prisoners may be required to isolate for 14 days upon return to custody from Court appearances on advice of QH, a timeframe which may reset upon each subsequent return to a centre from Court.
QCS staff, professional visitors and contractors who have been in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast local government areas are permitted to enter Maryborough, Capricornia, Townsville or Lotus Glen correctional centres provided they wear a mask at all times.
Community Corrections offices remain in Stage 1 throughout Queensland at this time.
Youth Detention Centres
All face to face (personal and professional) visits to young people at the Cleveland, Brisbane and West Moreton Youth Detention Centres will be suspended for the time being. This decision has been made in accordance with Queensland Health advice following the detection of recent COVID-19 cases in the Townsville, Brisbane and Moreton Bay LGAs. The youth detention centres will continue to communicate these decisions to young people’s families. Increased access to video-links and phone calls will continue to be promoted to ensure young people are able to remain in close contact with their families.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of the Senior Executive Director, Youth Detention Operations and Reforms if you have any questions.