Court Sittings

Family Court of Australia

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or contact us at hobart@familycourt.gov.au or launceston@familycourt.gov.au

Federal Circuit Court

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COVID-19 CHANGES TO SERVICE DELIVERY 

  • Hearings via Telephone and Videoconferencing Platforms
  • Only in exceptional circumstances will face-to-face hearings be allowed, under strict protocols
  • Electronic submissions of all court related documents

At this stage, most (if not all) hearings are being conducted via video-conferencing through the use of Microsoft Teams or other platforms, or by telephone. The Courts are also conducting mediations electronically and through other safe means.

Only in exceptional circumstances, a small number of face-to-face in-court hearings may be required.. For the safety of all concerned, these will only be granted when absolutely necessary. Those hearings will be conducted in strict accordance with the Face-to-face in-court Protocol issued by the Courts. As in any other interaction, social distancing requirements will be strictly followed.

More information can be found in the Notice to the Profession – COVID-19 Measures and listing arrangements.

The Courts issued a Joint Practice Direction on 31 March encapsulating new practices for electronic submission of court related documents:

  • Filing of documents electronically;
  • Subpoenas and inspection of documents;
  • The filing of Annexures to Affidavits;
  • Signatures on documents and affidavits; and
  • Deferral of fee payments.

For further information or assistance with enquiries regarding these changes, please contact Family Law Courts of Australia in 1300 352 000

If practitioners are involved in current proceedings before the Court that are impacted by COVID-19, they are encouraged to direct enquiries for assistance, such as necessary adjournments, variation to timetables or preparation for hearings, to Michael Raine Legal Assistant (Paralegal), phone: (08) 8219 1641 or email: michael.raine@familycourt.gov.au

Service Waiting Times

Childrens Contact Services

Launceston – Relationships Australia Tas. CCS

  • Intake Assessments: 2 – 3 weeks  – after agreement  from both parties
  • Changeover: 0 – 1 weeks – after both parties complete intake interviews and child orientation
  • Supervised Visit: 1 – 2 weeks – after both parties complete intake interviews and child orientation
  • Services: Wed & Fri  2.30 -5.00 pm, Sat 9.00 – 5.00 pm,  Sun 12.30 – 5.00 pm

North West – Relationships Australia Tas. CCS

  • Intake Assessment: 3 – 4 Weeks – after agreement  from both parties
  • Changeover: 1 – 2 weeks – after both parties complete intake interviews and child orientation
  • Supervised Visit: 1 – 2 weeks – after both parties complete intake interviews and child orientation
  • Services: Fri 2.30 -5.00 pm, Sat 9.00- 5.00 pm, Sun 12.30 – 5.00 pm

Hobart – Relationships Australia Tas. CCS

  • Intake Assessment: 0 – 1 weeks
  • Changeover: 2 – 4 weeks – after agreement  from both parties
  • Supervised Visit Weekday: 6 – 8 weeks – after both parties complete intake interviews and child orientation
  • Supervised Visit Weekend: 3 – 6 weeks – after both parties complete intake interviews and child orientation
  • Services: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 9.00 – 5.00 pm

COVID-19 CHANGES TO SERVICE DELIVERY 

  • Childrens Contact Centres closed to clients
  • Services and support available via telephone and online video contact
  • Alternative services will be offered soon

Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures and guidelines determined by the Australian Government, Children’s Contact Centres statewide have been closed to the clients. All services however, are being provided by telephone and video contact, and all centre staff are available to support clients through this difficult time. Relationships Australia are actively working on alternative services for clients to be trialled as soon as possible.

Supervised Playgroups

Hobart Save the Children Contact Play2Learn

  • Supervised Playgroups (children 0-5 only)
  • Intake Assessment: 1 – 2 weeks

Chigwell Child and Family Centre, Chigwell

  • Wednesdays 3.00pm- 5.00pm

Clarence Plains Child and Family Centre, Clarendon Vale:

  • Wednesdays 1.00 – 2.45pm

Please note: Phone the relevant CCS to check the current status of waiting list prior to making orders of the parenting agreement.

COVID-19 Service Delivery Changes :

  • Playgroups Cancelled Indefinitely 
  • Virtual Playgroup/ Contact Service Available

Play 2 Learn is actively working to maintain contact between children and parents via alternative means, virtually and via telephone, supervised and supported by staff, and avoiding any contact between carers.

For more information, please contact Amanda Midgley on 0436 445 344

Family Mediation and Counselling Services

CatholicCare Tasmania

Devonport

  • 2 – 3 weeks

Burnie

  • 2 – 3 weeks

Relationships Australia

Launceston

  • 3 – 4 weeks

Hobart

  • 3 – 4 weeks

Positive Solutions

(includes Family Dispute Resolution and Family Counselling)

Launceston

  • 0 – 1 weeks

Hobart

  • 0 – 1 weeks

Family Relationship Centres

Launceston FRC: 1 – 2 weeks

Devonport FRC: 1 – 2 weeks

Hobart FRC: 1 – 2 weeks

Parenting Separately (Parenting Orders Program)

Launceston: 2-3 weeks

Hobart: 1 -2 weeks