Use of the Settlements Office

Friday, 29 May 2020

Use of the Settlements Office

Although there has been some relaxation of rules for gatherings, there have been no changes to the rules for attendance at Settlements. The general relaxation of rules provides a generally increased risk, and the top priority for the Law Society is the health and safety of people using the room. The disruption that would be caused to practitioners, their clients, banks, and settlement agents as a result of a single case of the disease would be immense.

The ACT Law Society has agreed to keep the Settlements Office operating as normal, however the following restrictions must be observed by all users. Any user breaching this notice will be excluded from the Settlements Office.

Stay away if you don’t need to be here

A maximum of 25 people are permitted in the room at any one time.

Practitioners are encouraged to use settlement agents where possible to reduce the number of people in the room.

Only staff directly involved in the settlements process should be in the Settlements Office. No observers, trainees, or clients should be admitted.

Follow official health advice

Awareness posters on hand washing and preventing the spread of disease are on display. More information can be found at health.act.gov.au.

Practise good hygiene

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before entering. There are two bathrooms nearby, both well-stocked with soap and paper towel.

While in the Settlements Office, please use the hand sanitiser provided after any exchange of documents or accidental skin-to-skin contact.

Regular cleaning to take place

Between meetings, users should disinfect their own tables and arm rests on chairs. To assist the regular cleaner, users must leave their tables clear of debris.

Be mindful of others

Remember not to shake hands with your colleagues, and try to mantain a 1.5 metre exclusion zone from others.

Stay away if you’re sick

If you, or anyone you are in contact with, are experiencing even mild cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not attend the Settlements Office.

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