Court Services Victoria is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees, judicial officers and VCAT members, key partners and court users.
Court Services Victoria has a COVIDSafe Plan that covers the workplaces of Victorian courts, VCAT and Court Services Victoria.
The Court Services Victoria COVIDSafe Plan sets out what the courts, VCAT and Court Services Victoria:
- are doing to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) into our workplaces
- require regarding face-covering for people who enter our buildings
- are doing to prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a workplace
- are doing to meet all of the requirements set out by the Victorian Government.
Each court and tribunal site have an individual COVIDSafe Plan that outlines any specific workplace COVIDSafe measures.
The COVIDSafe Plan covers the six COVIDSafe Principles:
- Ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
- Wear a face mask
- Practice good hygiene
- Keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
- Avoid interactions in close spaces
- Create workforce bubbles
Ensure physical distancing (1.5 Metres)
- Signage in courtrooms, meeting rooms, public waiting areas, lifts, toilets and office spaces indicates the number of people who can use a space and what furniture can be used.
- Signage to inform people about physical distancing, the use of face coverings and good hygiene is displayed at entrances, in kitchens and bathrooms, and where sanitiser and masks are distributed.
- Perspex hygiene screens have been installed at Registry counters.
Wear a face mask
- Anyone in a court or tribunal building must wear a fitted face mask unless an exemption applies.
- Disposable masks and hand sanitiser, to use before putting a mask on, are available to court and tribunal users at entrance points before security screening.
- It is the preferred position of Court Services Victoria that court users with a medical exemption from wearing a fitted face mask be offered a face shield as a form of protection. Should a court user refuse to wear a face shield, entry may be refused.
- Used face masks that are no longer required can be disposed into any bin.
Practice good hygiene
- Hand sanitiser dispensers are in place in a variety of public areas, at the entrances of buildings and courtrooms, and near lifts.
- Cleaning and sanitising in all buildings occur regularly. All public facing touchpoints, toilets, wash basins, soap dispensers, hand sanitiser units, kitchens and office areas are sanitised at least twice daily.
- Trays and equipment at security entrances are cleaned after each use.
- Following a reported coronavirus (COVID-19) case in a court or tribunal, impacted areas are closed immediately and deep-cleaning is performed.
Keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
- Record keeping measures, both digital (QR Code) and manual, are in place to record the attendance of all visitors to court venues.
- Court Security Officers as authorised officers can refuse entry to court venues and remove from court premises any person who:
- advises they have coronavirus (COVID-19) or has been tested and awaiting results for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- advises they currently have flu like symptoms
- has visible flu like symptoms.
- Court Services Victoria has implemented a protocol to support proactive notification of internal and key justice sector stakeholders when a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) case is reported as having been present in a Victorian court or tribunal venue.
- Court Services Victoria notifies WorkSafe of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace, and has a dedicated team that provides immediate support and response to any issue.
Avoid interactions in close spaces
- Any court or tribunal matters that can be heard online are being heard online, without the need for physical attendance at any venue.
- Where physical attendance is necessary, rooms are clearly marked with maximum occupancy signs, and air-conditioning systems are monitored to ensure optimal performance and air flow.
Create Workforce Bubbles
- To reduce the number of people in court and tribunal venues, staff who can work from home are working from home.
- Processes are in place to ensure staff who are required to attend physical venues limit their movements between and within venues.
This page was last updated: Wednesday 11 November 2020 - 10:17am