COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Measures - General

Magistrates Court of Tasmania

Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie Registries

From 7 April 2021, everyone entering the building must register their name and contact phone number for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.

You can register using one of these methods:

  • using the Check in TAS app as you enter the building, or
  • writing your contact details on a registration slip provided at the security station and placing it in the secure registration box.

The Check in TAS app is available for free download at the App Store or the Google Play store.  You will need a smartphone to use the app.  Posters with the Court’s QR code are displayed at the entry.

Information about the Check in TAS app is available from the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus web site at https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/keeping-yourself-safe/check-in-tas, which includes a “How To Use” Guide.

All persons entering the building are required to answer COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, such as cold or flu, you will not be able to enter the building.   Security will provide information on how you may contact the registry by telephone and how to arrange to appear in court by telephone.

On arrival at any Magistrates Court registry any person seeking entry to the building will be required to wash or sanitise their hands.  Refusal to do so may result in being refused entry to the building.

Any person who is not a participant in proceedings before the court is requested to stay outside the building.  A person who requires support for their court appearance may be accompanied by a person to provide support. They should enter at the same time as you.  Large groups of family members or friends may be refused entry.

On entry you will need to comply with physical distancing recommended by the Director of Public Health, including limiting physical contact (e.g. handshakes, hugging or kissing) and keeping 1.5 metres away from others.

Members of the public appearing in court will be asked to spread out within the available public space, and may be required to wait in designated areas until the matter is ready to proceed.

It is important for the safety of individuals and for the community generally for people attending the court to follow the directions of court staff and security officers, and we seek your cooperation in achieving this.

The services of the Court’s Justices of the Peace are currently restricted to signing Magistrates Court-related documents only.

Please refer to the Magistrates Court’s website for any updates.

31 March 2021

Penelope Ikedife
Administrator of Courts

Circulars

2020 No 8 - Provision of Lawyers Contact Details (PDF, 36.4 KB)

2020 No 7 - Burnie Access and After Hours Courts (PDF, 216.2 KB)

2020 No 6 - Burnie - After Hours Courts (PDF, 213.3 KB)

2020 No 5 - Further Access to Burnie Magistrates Court (PDF, 228.8 KB)

2020 No 4 - Approved Manner of Court Proceedings  COVID - 19

2020 No 3 - After Hours Courts - Magistrates Court Arrangements Due to COVID - 19

2020 No 2 - Arrangements for the Burnie Registry of the Magistrates Court

Practice Directions

2020 No 1 - Civil Division - Coronavirus (PDF, 57.8 KB)

2020 No 2 - Criminal Division - Coronavirus (PDF, 177.7 KB)

2020 No 4 - Criminal Division - Coronavirus (PDF, 323.0 KB)

2020 No 5 - Civil Division - Coronavirus (PDF, 121.3 KB)