Latest Courts updates

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Latest Courts updates

20/9/22: ACT Supreme Court - Practitioners are advised that the next block of criminal case conferences is the week commencing 24 October 2022. Matters which have already been advised that they will be listed on a ‘date to be fixed’ will receive listing notices during that week in the coming days.

12/9/22: Federal Circuit and Family Court - updated Family Law Practice Direction – Divorce Proceedings. Read More +

12/9/22: Federal Circuit and Family Court - updated Family Law Practice Direction – National Contravention List. Read More +

12/9/22: High Court of Australia - Rule of Court appointing the High Court sittings for 2023. Read More +

9/9/22: Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia - Change to the Courts’ complaints policy and procedure in relation to the delay in delivery of reserved judgments. Read More +

5/9/22: ACT Supreme Court - The Ceremony to mark the Commencement of the Legal Year 2023 will be held on 30 January 2023. Practitioners wishing to attend the ceremony should arrive at 9:15am for a 9:30am start. The ceremony will be held in Court Room 3 with monitors available in Court Room 4 for any overflow. The Court will commence hearing all matters not before 11:30am.

16/8/22: The Federal Court of Australia advises that legal representatives engaging with the Court via digital platforms must take all appropriate steps to ensure their technology is functional prior to a hearing. They have provided a set of instructions you can provide to your IT administrators regarding network and firewall issues, and how these may be dealt with proactively. To mitigate any issues in advance of a Court appearance, you can book a test call with Digital Practice. Read More +

8/8/22: ACT Supreme Court - A Ceremonial Sitting for the swearing in of Justice Belinda Baker will be held in Courtroom 3 on Friday 25 November 2022 at 9:30am. The Court will commence hearing all matters not before 11:30am.

8/8/22: ACT Supreme Court - A Ceremonial Sitting to mark the retirement of The Hon Justice Michael Elkaim will be held in Courtroom 3 on Friday 9 December 2022 at 9:30am. The Court will commence hearing all matters not before 11:30am.

5/8/22: ACT Supreme Court - Practitioners are advised that the Drug and Alcohol Sentencing List has reopened for new referrals. Read More +

27/7/22: ACT Magistrates Court - Civil Block Listing Periods and Civil Mediation Blocks for 2023. Read More +

26/7/22: ACT Magistrates Court - Criminal Block Listing Periods for 2023. Read More +


Court Procedure Rules: Members appearing in ACT Courts are reminded to familiarise themselves with the Court Procedures Rules 2006, before raising queries with court staff. Senior practitioners should also ensure that their less experienced colleagues are similarly briefed on these rules. 

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