22 November 2021

ATTENDANCE AT COURT BUILDINGS – GENERAL DIRECTIVES FROM 23 NOVEMBER 2021

  • Parties and practitioners are required to wear a mask whilst moving around court buildings and whilst seated in public waiting areas and public galleries. In court, persons required to speak for a protracted period may be excused by the judicial officer from this obligation and the mask removed while speaking.
  • Parties should allow extra time to be processed through point of entry security when entering court buildings due to social distancing measures.
  • Parties and practitioners are encouraged not to approach Court staff and must always maintain a minimum distance from others of 1.5 metres.
  • Parties and practitioners are not to come to the Court, if they have:
    • a confirmed case of COVID-19, or
    • been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or
    • been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the results, or
    • been directed to isolate or quarantine by SA Health;
    • recently arrived in SA and are subject to quarantining requirements, , or
    • arrived from a State whose border is closed or restricted by the South Australian Government within the past 14 days, or
    • a fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell (with no alternative illness that explains these symptoms).
  • Obligations to appear in court may be excused in certain circumstances. If you do not intend to appear because you honestly and reasonably believe you should self-isolate, you should do the following to support any application you may later wish to make to be excused from your obligation:
          Criminal Jurisdiction
    • Contact CourtSA by email enquiry@courts.sa.gov.au or phone 8204 2444 to advise the Court.
    • If you are represented, tell your lawyer.
    • Contact SA Police or the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions by telephone.
    • Obtain a certificate from your doctor.
    • If you are already at the court building, seek assistance from Sheriff’s Officers to complete a Proof of Attendance Contact Details form.

                Civil Jurisdiction

    • Contact CourtSA by email enquiry@courts.sa.gov.au or phone 8204 2444 at least 24 hours prior to the hearing
    • If you are represented, tell your lawyer.
    • If possible, advise the other party(s)
    • Obtain a certificate from your doctor and provide it to the court.
    • If you are already at the court building, seek assistance from Sheriff’s Officers to complete a Proof of Attendance Contact Details form.
  • If you are a legal representative unable to attend court you should contact the relevant judicial officer’s chambers as per the usual channels otherwise contact CourtSA by email enquiry@courts.sa.gov.au or by phone on 82042444 to advise the court of your absence.
  • If a party or practitioner has a condition that makes them vulnerable to infection and for that reason does not feel safe attending at the Court, they should advise the relevant Judicial Officer’s chambers or the Registry by 3.30pm on the day before the hearing, provide a direct contact phone number and seek leave of the Court to appear at the hearing by phone or alternative method as approved by the Judge/Master or Commissioner.
  • Wherever practical to avoid attendance in person at the Higher Courts Registry all documents presented in the approved form for filing with the Higher Courts, should be presented for filing electronically in advance of the court hearing and in accordance with the applicable Court Rules relating to documents and service or by registered post.
  • Documents can be lodged electronically via https://courtsa.courts.sa.gov.au or by email:
  • ​Where it is not possible to send documents electronically, they can be posted to: GPO Box 2465 Adelaide. (Indicate on the envelope which court the documents are being sent to) or lodged in a registry filing box located in the Sir Samuel Way building.
  • All emailed documents should be signed and lodged in PDF format unless otherwise indicated.
  • All documents including written submissions, must be submitted to the Court no later than 1 clear working day before the hearing.
  • Communication with the Court is required to be via the CourtSA website (Portal) or email to the relevant court.
  • Parties and practitioners are reminded of the requirement that all parties must be copied in any email communication with the Court.