How can I found out when the next hearing is?

Before the first hearing, the applicant will serve a copy of the Application on every party (the child, parents and guardians). On the first page of the Application the hearing date and time will be provided. At the first hearing, the matter may be adjourned for another date. If this happens, a sheriff’s officer will give a piece of paper to all of the parties with the details of the next hearing.
 
If you can’t find your paperwork, you can call the Registry on (08) 8204 0331 and ask when the next hearing is. You will need to provide the full name and date of birth of one of the children in the matter.
 

Do I get a lawyer?

In all Care and Protection matters the child is represented by a child advocate, who is usually one of the solicitors from the Legal Services Commission.
 
The parents and guardians are not provided with a solicitor, but are encouraged to seek legal advice.
 

What if I don’t live in Adelaide?

The Youth Court may be able to arrange a video or phone link for you so that you can attend from another location, usually your closest courthouse.
 
Usually a link will be arranged for you by the Department for Child Protection. However, if you need to change a link or need a link unexpectedly, you will need to put your request in writing to the Youth Court at least 24 hours before your hearing.

What if I don’t turn up at Court?

Children in Care and Protection matters can attend the hearing if they wish, but do not have to.
 
Parents and guardians are required to attend the hearing if they are contesting the matter. If parents/guardians do not attend, then final orders may be made in their absence.
 
If you know that you are unable to attend a hearing, you should contact your lawyer as soon as possible. If you are not represented, you should contact the Youth Court Registry. If you are unable to attend Court due to illness, you will need to provide a medical certificate to the Court as soon as possible and you should advise the Court in advance.
 

How do I find out what happened in Court?

You can contact your lawyer or the Youth Court Registry directly. If you would like something in writing, you will need to come into the Registry and ask for a certificate of record.

Contact Us

For further information, contact the Youth Court Registry:
 
p: +61 8 8204 0331
f: +61 8 8204 0333
youthcourt@courts.sa.gov.au
 
Location:
75 Wright Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
 
Postal Address:
75 Wright Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Contact Us

For further information, contact the Conferencing Unit:
 
Family Conference Enquires
p: +61 8 8204 0594
f: +61 8 8204 0513
familyconference@courts.sa.gov.au
 
Family Group Conference Enquires
p: +61 8 8204 0594
f: +61 8 8204 0591
careandprotection@courts.sa.gov.au
 
Location:
75 Wright Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
 
Postal Address:
Attn: Conferencing Unit
75 Wright Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
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