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Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia – Expansion of the COVID-19 List

As foreshadowed below, I have issued Joint Practice Direction 1 of 2021 expanding the COVID-19 List currently operating in each court.

The expansion of the COVID-19 List is a result of its success throughout 2020 in handling the increase in urgent applications filed as a result of the pandemic. As the impacts and consequential effects of the pandemic continue to change, the list has been expanded to proactively address these changes, provide greater opportunities for litigants to seek urgent assistance from the Courts via the fast-track nature of the list.

The practice direction is on each court’s website at the following links:

The Hon. Justice William Alstergren
Chief Justice
Family Court of Australia
Chief Judge
Federal Circuit Court of Australia