THE ADELAIDE YOUTH COURT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

From Friday the 14 October 2022, if you test positive to COVID-19 you will no longer be required to isolate but there are important things you should do to protect others.

The Adelaide Youth Court has a responsibility to protect judiciary, staff, and court users. The Adelaide Youth Court has a high volume of traffic in court buildings and many people attending court are particularly vulnerable members of our community.  If you are unwell or exhibiting symptoms, whether you have tested positive to COVID-19 or otherwise, please stay home until you are symptom free.

Consistent with advice on the SA Health website on the appropriate measures to manage the COVID-19 risk, the following will now apply:

  • Any court user who tests positive to COVID-19 should not attend a court building for a minimum period of five days after testing positive, or until the acute symptoms have cleared, whichever is the latter.
  • After that time, court users who test positive are strongly encouraged to wear an N95 mask up to, and including, day 10 from the date of testing positive.

These restrictions will be reviewed as required.

Note:  Where reference to AVL is made in this document, please note that the use of AVL is dependent on the availability of the technology and may not be available at all locations. 

COVID SAFETY INITIATIVES 

  • Masks are available for court users
  • Hand Sanitiser is provided at Point of Entry, lifts and in courtrooms.
  • COVID signage is posted to support social distancing.
  • Important COVID-19 information is posted on the CourtSA website. 

If you enter a court building, you should:

  • Adhere to all social distancing guidelines and signage around the building, and
  • Minimise unavoidable close proximity to others.  
  • Parties are required to bring their own water as water jugs will not be provided in courtrooms.

ATTENDANCE AT COURT BUILDINGS – GENERAL DIRECTIVES

You should not come to Court if you:

  • have a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 5 days or remain symptomatic after that time (whichever is the latter), or
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results, or
  • are experiencing symptoms – a fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, feeling fatigued or tired, loss of taste or smell, runny or blocked nose (with no alternative illness that explains these symptoms)

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 registry no later than 2 full business days prior to the day of the hearing, provide a direct contact phone number and seek leave of the Court to appear at the hearing by phone.

The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged in court buildings where 1.5m distancing cannot be achieved and may be required by the presiding judge or magistrate.   

Paper handling

It is the expectation of the Court that all documents will be lodged electronically but it is in the discretion of the magistrate as to whether they will be received in paper. Where possible, parties should lodge documents via CourtSA (portal) – https://courtsa.courts.sa.gov.au

Where it is not possible to use CourtSA (portal), documents should be filed in the approved form by email or post (addresses provided at the end of this document).

All emailed documents should be signed and lodged in PDF format. Documents too large for email should be posted or lodged in a registry filing box located in the Adelaide Youth Court.

Communication with the Court is required to be via the CourtSA website (portal) or email to the the Adelaide Youth Court

Parties and practitioners are reminded of the requirement that all parties must be copied into any email communication with the Court.

External bookings for court facilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Listings and trials are continuing as scheduled.

The court asks to be notified of any parties who are at high risk of serious illness should they be exposed to COVID-19 and will give priority to those matters where possible.

For overnight arrest matters:

  • Prosecution is to provide an Information with an apprehension report attached so that defence can obtain instructions quickly, and
  • All Youth will appear by AVL.

Youth in custody will appear by AVL or telephone, except for trials or sentencing matters.

Parties are also encouraged to put together an agreed statement of facts when a matter is to be called on for a plea where possible.

Arrangements for Family Conferences will continue and may be conducted by AVL.

Arrangements for Family Group Conferences will continue and may be conducted by AVL.

Arrangements for Education Family Conferences will continue and may be conducted by AVL.

Modification of Criminal Court Practices

Prosecution and defence are encouraged to negotiate and disclose as much as possible, to attempt to reach an early resolution of matters.

The court will attempt to enable section 22 conferences where possible. A courtroom may be used to allow for social distancing.

At trial, prosecution and defence are to appear in person.

Reports, references and written submissions must be filed with the Court electronically no later than 2 full business days prior to the day of the hearing. 

Requests to appear by AVL or Telephone

Prosecution will appear in person in CBD, metropolitan and country courts.

Requests by a solicitor for permission to appear by AVL or telephone will be at the discretion of the individual judicial officer.

Applications to appear by AVL or telephone are to be submitted by email to Registry no later than two full business days prior to the day of the hearing.  Registry will advise the solicitor of the outcome of the request no later than the day before the hearing.

When submitting a request to appear by telephone or AVL the practitioner must:

  • state the reason for the request,
  • provide a direct landline or mobile telephone number,
  • provide an accurate email address (for AVL)
  • advise the purpose of the hearing, the orders to be sought and, if an adjournment is to be requested, the reason for the adjournment,
  • ensure that he/she is available to answer the telephone when contacted by the Court,
  • understand that the telephone call may be made at any time during the relevant list,
  • understand that if the telephone call is not answered, the matter will be dealt with in a manner that the relevant magistrate deems appropriate,
  • understand that it is up to the practitioner to inform themselves of the outcome.
  • AVL is limited to 3 lines for connection.

Practitioners are discouraged from asking to use the AVL facilities of a court to appear by AVL in matters in another court.

WebEx may be used to facilitate some hearings. When used, the court registry will email a meeting request to parties. Parties join the hearing by clicking on the button in the email if they have a device with a camera. Alternatively, they can join by telephone using the details provided in the email. It is important that solicitors ensure they make themselves available from the appointed time, bearing in mind that the court may not always call at that exact time. 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR CARE AND PROTECTION, ADOPTION AND SURROGACY PROCEEDINGS

Matters are to proceed as listed.

The court asks to be notified of any parties who are at high risk of serious illness should they be exposed to COVID-19 and will give consideration to those matters where possible.

Requests for telephone or AVL appearances

Requests by a solicitor or party for permission to appear by AVL or telephone will be at the discretion of the individual judicial officer.

Applications to appear by AVL or telephone are to be submitted by email to Registry no later than two full business days prior to the day of the hearing.  Registry will advise the solicitor of the outcome of the request no later than the day before the hearing.

When submitting a request to appear by telephone or AVL the practitioner or party must:

  • state the reason for the request
  • a direct landline or mobile telephone number,
  • ensure that he/she is available to answer the telephone when the Court rings,
  • understand that the telephone call may be made at any time during the relevant list,
  • understand that if the telephone call is not answered, the matter will be dealt with in a manner that the relevant judicial officer deems appropriate,
  • understand that it is up to the party or practitioner to inform themselves of the outcome.

Contact Details for the Youth Court

Adelaide Youth Court Registry Details

75 Wright Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Email: youthcourt@courts.sa.gov.au

Phone: (08) 8204 0331

Suburban and Country Youth Court Locations:

Phone: 8204 2444

RegistryPostal AddressEmail
BerriPO Box 235, Berri SA 5343berri@courts.sa.gov.au
Christies BeachPO Box 5, Lonsdale SA 5160christiesbeach@courts.sa.gov.au
ElizabethPO Box 160, Elizabeth SA 5112elizabeth@courts.sa.gov.au
Mount GambierPO Box 723, Mount Gambier SA 5290mountgambier@courts.sa.gov.au
Murray BridgePO Box 420, Murray Bridge SA 5253murraybridge@courts.sa.gov.au
Port AdelaidePO Box 3215, Port Adelaide SA 5015portadelaide@courts.sa.gov.au
Port AugustaPO Box 45, Port Augusta SA 5700portaugusta@courts.sa.gov.au
Port LincolnPO Box 266, Port Lincoln SA 5606portlincoln@courts.sa.gov.au
Port PiriePO Box 583, Port Pirie SA 5540portpirie@courts.sa.gov.au
WhyallaPO Box 694, Whyalla SA 5600whyalla@courts.sa.gov.au

 

Judge P Eldridge
Judge of the Youth Court of South Australia