MEDIA RELEASE – Corona Virus Response

SUPREME COURT OF TASMANIA — CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

15 March 2020

The Supreme Court of Tasmania is carefully monitoring the Commonwealth and State Governments’ announcements and health advice relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following a briefing today by the Acting Director of Public Health (Dr Scott McKeown) and the Secretary of the Department of Health (Ms Kathrine Morgan-Wicks), the Judges have decided to put in place arrangements to protect the health and safety of jurors and all Court visitors by addressing the risk of close contact and large numbers of people assembling at the Court.

No criminal jury trials are currently in progress, and none will commence this week. However, unless they have been excused, jurors who have received summonses are still required to attend Court on Tuesday 17 March 2020 to enable enquiries to be made, and to receive further instruction.

It is proposed that jury trials will resume on Monday 23 March 2020 with new health and safety arrangements in place. The situation will remain under constant review. Further information about the Court’s listings will be issued during the week.

People other than jurors will still be required to attend Court as usual.

The Court will continue to deal with cases but is determined not to put the health of jurors and others at risk.