COVID-19

This page was last updated on 14 October 2021

Is Banco Chambers open?

From 11 October 2021 Banco Chambers is open to the public from 8am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Is there a requirement to be vaccinated to attend Chambers?

Banco Chambers is required to provide a safe workplace for its barristers and staff. Accordingly, in addition to our own Barristers and staff, any other people attending Banco Chambers for meetings and conferences are required to be vaccinated (subject to limited exceptions). A formal policy on this matter will be finalised shortly. If you have any enquiries about this matter please contact the Clerk.

Are your barristers still working?

Yes. Our barristers are still working and accepting new briefs.

How do I get in touch with one of the barristers? How do I brief them?

Our barristers can be contacted in the usual way, and all briefing enquiries can be directed to our Clerk, Jeh Coutinho. Banco Chambers has corporate subscriptions with Zoom and Microsoft Teams. We are able to organise and facilitate conferences and court hearings on either platform, and our barristers are also adept at meeting with you over other platforms such as Cisco Webex, Skype, and Blue Jeans.

All of our barristers are able to accept briefs electronically. If you need assistance in setting up a conference or making arrangements to brief a barrister electronically, please do not hesitate to ask.

What is happening at the courts?

Courts are responding to the emergence from Lockdown as follows

HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA

The High Court of Australia is continuing to hear matters by video link.

FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

The Court is will continue to hear matters by videolink on MS Teams at least until 25 October, except in exceptional circumstances. If any party wishes to request an in-person hearing, the approach should be made to the docket or trial judge with all reason as to why an in-person hearing is necessary.

Latest Federal Court Announcement

Federal Court COVID 19 page

SUPREME COURT OF NSW

In person hearings will resume in the Supreme Court of NSW from 18 October, initially starting with one live hearing per floor, with additional capacity being added incrementally. Importantly, only double vaccinated people will be permitted entry to the Court building. The onus will be on solicitors to make enquiries of their participants and confirm their vaccination status with the Courts. 

From 18 October the full arrangements are:

  • One live hearing per floor;
  • Civil matters only, including appeals;
  • No motions;
  • Multiple parties allowed;
  • Each party is permitted three legal representatives; a client representative; and witnesses; and
  • No in-person media or members of the public will be permitted, although there will be AVL or telephone access.

The full Supreme Court Announcement

Supreme Court of NSW COVID 19 Page

DISTRICT COURT OF NSW

The following arrangements apply in the District Court:

  • Applications for leave to appear in person in civil trials listed for hearing after 25 October may be made. Otherwise, all other civil matters will continue to be heard virtually. The Court has adopted Practice Note DC (Civil) No. 16 for application for leave for in person appearance in Civil Trials. The practice note, which can be viewed here, includes that all hearing participants must be fully vaccinated.
  • Jury trials will re-commence in most registries from 25 October 2021. Jurors must be fully vaccinated.

District Court Practice Note DC Civil No 16 - Applications for leave for in person appearances in civil trials

District Court COVID 19 Page

NCAT

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal will continue to conduct hearings online or by telephone for the rest of 2021.