Magistrates courts across the state are cracking down further on how matters will proceed in an effort to slow down the rate of COVID-19 transmission.
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CQ MAGISTRATES Court proceedings will be restricted even further under a new mandate by Queensland’s Chief Magistrate as part of the ongoing COVID-19 crackdown across the state.

From Monday there will be no physical appearances in any matter, with limited exceptions, until further notice.

The exceptions include an aggrieved party in an urgent domestic violence application, members of the media or with leave of the court.

Rather, all cases will be conducted by telephone or video conference, including appearances by people in custody.

New rules are in force at Mackay Magistrates Court in light of coronavirus pandemic.
New rules are in force at Mackay Magistrates Court in light of coronavirus pandemic.

Those involved in a case are able to apply to a magistrate for a matter to be heard if a delay would cause substantial prejudice to a party.

These new practice directions will reduce the number of people present in courts across the state, consistent with current health advice regarding social distancing, and limit the opportunities for transmissions of the virus within the community.

There are currently restrictions on the number of people allowed in a courtroom for a matter and strict social distancing is applied.

Queensland courts have been reviewing all operations to ensure essential services are maintained consistent with health advice.

This has included expanding the use of telephone, audio vidual equipment and digital technology to reduce the number of people required to attend.



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