Courts implement dedicated list in response to COVID-19.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia have seen a significant increase in the number of urgent applications filed by parents with disputes resulting from exclusionary travel and social distancing restrictions.
In response to this, the Courts have established a dedicated court list to quickly identify and deal with urgent parenting-related disputes that have arisen due to COVID-19. The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Honourable William Alstergren issued a statement on 26 April 2020 regarding this new court list which briefly states:
The Courts have provided the following examples of applications that may be suitable:
As stated above, in order to expedite the urgent applications, the COVID-19 list will operate completely through electronic means. This includes filing documents via email and conducting the Hearings through Microsoft Teams.
Watts McCray Lawyers continue to be able to advise our existing clients and any new clients experiencing family law issues by telephone and arrangements can also be put in place for video conferencing as appropriate. Please see our blog about the changes we have implemented: Watts McCray addresses the challenges of COVID-19.
If your parenting arrangement has been disrupted due to COVID-19, please contact us to book an appointment with one of our qualified solicitors.