No. 2 of 2005


This Circular supersedes Circular 5/2004 dated 14 December 2004 and updates the contact telephone numbers at Corrective Services facilities at Risdon Prison.

The Prison Service has requested that solicitors’ visits to take instructions from clients at all Prison Service facilities be regularised, as last-minute requests cause logistical difficulties for the Court’s listing arrangements.

The Prison Service has recently advised that :

  • local solicitors must obtain instructions from clients housed at Risdon Prison, Hayes Prison, Hobart or Launceston Remand Centres at those locations in advance of court appearances; and
  • telephone interviews with clients will only be arranged where the solicitor’s professional offices are not located in the region of the prison facility.

Similarly, interviews with clients at either of the Remand Centres in Hobart or Launceston on the same day immediately prior to their appearance in the Magistrates Court are not always able to be arranged at short notice due to other duties that Remand Centre staff are required to undertake for other remandees and prisoners.

The Remand Centre staff will arrange interviews in circumstances where there has not been a reasonable opportunity to obtain instructions in advance eg. where a Defendant has recently been arrested, or a Defendant changes his/her instructions during proceedings. In these situations, Magistrates are prepared to stand the matter down briefly to enable a visit to the Remand Centre to take instructions. However, unnecessary or foreseeable adjournments can delay the conclusion of proceedings in court.

Practitioners are requested to assist the Prison Service by arranging visits for instructions at scheduled times. These visits must be pre-booked by telephone. Normal visiting hours and contact details are:



Visiting Hours

Risdon Prison

(03) 6216 8047

9.30-11.30am, and 1-3.45pm

Hobart Remand Centre

(03) 6233 4188

9-10 am, 1-2 pm and 4-5 pm

Launceston Remand Centre

(03) 6336 3942

9am -12 noon and 1 - 5pm

Jim Connolly
Administrator of Courts
18 May 2005