Practice Direction 1 of 2020
FAMILY DIVISION – COVID-19 EMERGENCY PROTOCOL
This Practice Direction is issued pursuant to Section 592 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.
This Practice Direction introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is informed by the latest medical advice from Victorian public health authorities to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all Court users. In order for the Children's Court to continue its critical role in the administration of justice for the children; young people and families of the State of Victoria, the following Directions are made.
This Practice Direction applies to all Family Division - Child Protection proceedings filed in the Children's Court throughout Victoria except at the Melbourne, Moorabbin and Boradmeadows venues of the Court, with effect from 24 March 2020.
Practice Direction 9 of 2020 introduces further temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria at Melbourne, Moorabbin and Broadmeadows. Practice Direction 9 of 2020 revokes Practice Direction 1 of 2020 for these venues of the Court only.