Covid-19 Changes FAQs

February 14, 2022

I feel sick, but I have an appointment. Should I come in?

No. Please do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell.

We are more than happy to accommodate you by rearranging your appointment or by organising a video or phone appointment.

 I feel sick but have a court hearing. Should I attend?

No. Please do not attend the court.

If you are unwell, please notify our team as soon as possible. Our team will either be able to arrange a telephone or video conference or your solicitor will be able to update you on your case’s progress after the hearing.

Can I come to your office if I am not double vaccinated?

No. We do not want to risk your health and increase your chance of infection. Further, it is essential to us that we maintain a safe working environment for our staff and minimise the risk of infection.

We are able to communicate with you by telephone, email, or Microsoft teams without you having to attend the office.

 I have an upcoming court matter what does this mean?

If your matter is on before the 28th of February 2022, you can attend court as per usual. The court will allow you and a support person to be present.

If your matter is after the 28th of February 2022, you can only attend court in person if you have a Trial or your matter is in the Child Related Proceedings List. All other court matters will be conducted via Microsoft Teams or telephone call.

If you have any questions about your upcoming court matter, please ask a member of our team.

 I want to attend my court matter, but I don’t know how to use Microsoft Teams. What do I do?

When a Microsoft Teams meeting is organised, the organiser will usually send all participants a link in an email. We have not yet been advised by the Court as to whether it will be acceptable for clients to have their own separate link, in addition to their solicitor’s link.  If you choose to not be at our office and the Court allows two links (one for your solicitor and one for you), you will need to click the link at the time your meeting is scheduled to begin and ensure your computer has a speaker and a video camera, together with an internet connection.

I don’t want to go to court because I don’t want to get Covid-19. What do I do?

If your matter is a Trial or in the Child Related Proceedings List, it is up to the discretion of the Judicial Officer whether you must attend. If you are uncomfortable attending, we are happy to advocate to the Judicial Officer on your behalf.

Do I need to wear a mask in Court?

  Yes, in accordance with government regulation.

Do I need to wear a mask in your office?

  Yes, in accordance with government regulation.



View all News

The Law Society of Western Australia Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia Law Council of Australia Family Law Section