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Children's Court Arrangements

Magistrate courts across QLD are open and hearing cases. Arrangements are in place to respond to COVID-19. Content from the guidelines for the BRISBANE MAGISTRATES COURT below detail processes they are putting in place.

CHILDREN’S COURT

Until further notice all legal practitioners have leave to appear by telephone or other audio visual link conditioned :

·        Notify BMC Registry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·        BMC Registry will give a time frame for appearance as directed by the Magistrate;

·        Be available in a quiet place and contactable by email and telephone 1 hour before and after nominated appearance time;

·        Any documents to be relied upon are to be copied to the other party and the Court by email  by 3pm the day prior to appearance.

All matters other than urgent matters will be adjourned on the papers, without personal appearances, for three months from the date of listing.

All appearances by legally represented parties are excused.

All matters involving non-legally represented parties before the Court will be adjourned on the papers with personal appearances excused. The adjournment date will be for a minimum of 3 months.

Appearances for new Children’s Court charges can be by telephone unless the Magistrate orders otherwise.

All non-legally represented parties in child protection matters have leave to appear by telephone or other audio visual link (subject to specific order of a Magistrate) on the following conditions:

·        A written or email notification must be provided to BMC Registry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·        Be available in a quiet place and contactable on the supplied telephone number from 9am on the day nominated for their appearance.

·        They may be contacted at any time on that day by telephone.

In Child matters, the Court may not be able to list child protection hearings or Youth Justice hearings and only urgent hearings or matters with special circumstances will be considered for listing.

An urgent mention or hearing may be requested.

To arrange a hearing the party or the party's legal representatives must contact the Brisbane Registry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If an urgent hearing is listed all material to be relied upon is to be provided to the prosecution and BMC Remand This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is where changes will be made –  https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/courts/magistrates-court/practice-directions

and new court practice directions will be found here - https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/about/news/news233/2020/magistrates-court-practice-direction-22020