Thursday, 1 June 2023
Latest Courts updates
1/6/23: ACT Courts & Tribunal: New navigation tool. From 1 June, the Courts are trialling BindiMaps, a navigation tool designed to help vulnerable Court users and persons with disabilities find Court facilities more easily. Using voice navigation or an interactive map, the app locates people accurately in indoor spaces and helps them find a path to their desired location. For example, from the Foyer to Hearing Room 3, or to the nearest bathroom. While it is useful for everyone, BindiMaps is primarily designed for people who are blind or visually impaired. Read More +
31/5/23: ACAT update: Changes to the Health Practitioner National Law. Changes to the national law which regulates registered health professionals (e.g., doctors, nurses, dentists) took effect on 15 May 2023. The scheme applies in the ACT and includes the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Some of the changes affect ACAT matters, especially in occupational discipline cases.
8/5/23: ACT Supreme Court Civil mediation blocks - The dates for civil mediation blocks in the ACT Supreme Court for the balance of the calendar year 2023 are as follows: weeks commencing 22 May 2023 (fully allocated), 26 June 2023, 17 July 2023, 14 August 2023, 18 September 2023, 16 October 2023, 6 November 2023, 20 November 2023, 4 December 2023. Each mediation block is filled before the next is open and a mediator appointed. Parties are unable to choose to be listed in a future mediation block that has not been opened for the allocation of matters.
18/4/23: Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia - Lighthouse Update to the Profession. The Courts have published a series of updates to the profession in advance of the expansion of Lighthouse and have published a recording of the Lighthouse Webinar. Practitioners are encouraged to review these updates as they contain important information about the expansion of Lighthouse and the Evatt List.
30/3/23: Federal Court of Australia - potential amendments to Commercial and Corporations (C&C-1) Practice Note. The Federal Court of Australia is currently considering potential amendments to the Commercial and Corporations (C&C-1) Practice Note to reflect changes to the manner in which Scheme of Arrangements are addressed. It is intended to consult with the profession and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission before finalising those potential amendments. There will be further communications and invitations to consult circulated shortly.
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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The number of some Magistrate Court courtrooms changed as of 22 February 2023. A map of the new courtroom numbers is attached. Read More +
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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 +