This page was last updated on 15 December 2021.
Is Banco Chambers open?
Banco Chambers is open to the public from 8am to 6pm, 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, Banco Chambers has adopted a policy whereby, in addition to our own Barristers and staff, any other person attending Banco Chambers for any extended period (for example, for a conference) is required to be fully vaccinated (subject to limited exceptions). 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 will continue to hear matters by video link only for the rest of 2021.
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.
SUPREME COURT OF NSW
In person final hearings are back, subject to restrictions. Duty judge matters made be by AVL or in person, subject to the discretion of the presiding judge. Registrar lists, bail hearings, and Judge's lists (uncontested matters) will remain on AVL.
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. Mask wearing remains mandatory, as does checking in. Courtroom capacity will be assessed on the basis of 1 person per 2sqm. Subject to density restrictions, media and the public are permitted to attend
There are now also updated protocols for the Commercial List, Corporations List, and Real Property List. A summary of the respective protocols are:
DISTRICT COURT OF NSW
The following arrangements apply in the District Court:
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal will continue to conduct hearings online or by telephone for the rest of 2021.