Magistrates Court of Western Australia

Public Notices

The following public notice is provided to all users of the Magistrates Court (including members of the public and the legal profession) on the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) and the measures that the Magistrates Court has put in place to mitigate the risks to court users.

This direction applies to court staff, legal practitioners, parties (to proceedings), parties (directly involved in a court matter), witnesses, media, contractors, and members of the public.

Persons in self-isolation

In line with the current health advice, the Magistrates Court has identified groups of persons who are required to self-isolate, and are directed not to enter the Court precincts (including courtrooms, hearing rooms and registries).

Persons in self- isolation are persons who:

  • have travelled and returned from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days; or
  • have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
  • have a fever or symptoms of acute respiratory infection (IE – cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath); or
  • have a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are currently in quarantine.

Any person considered high risk and is in self- isolation should contact the Magistrates Court location that is dealing with the case to inform the Court that they are self-isolating, and to make an application to the Court to request orders to appear by alternative means.

For further information on whether you are considered a “high risk” individual, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Heath website.

Safe hygiene rules

People who enter the building must comply with safe hygiene rules including:

  • Washing your hands on entry and exit to the Court precinct
  • Ensuring appropriate physical distancing
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm (not into your hands) and
  • Disposing of tissues in a bin, and washing your hands following the disposal of tissues.

Where a large number of people are listed in a particular court, directions may be given restricting the number of people in the Court precincts, and giving “not before times” to the parties. In addition, signs have been placed on the doors of each courtroom setting out the maximum capacity of people per court.

Alcohol- based hand sanitiser has been made available at the entrance to the Magistrates Court (with appropriate signage in place encouraging people to use the hand sanitiser).

The Magistrates Court also encourages court users to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app, to ensure that all court users are kept safe, and users can be traced in the event of exposure to COVID-19.

Where practical, all documents presented for lodgment in the Magistrates Court should be presented for lodgment electronically (using the Court’s Electronic Case Management System (“ECMS”). You may register for the ECMS on the eCourts Portal

Where the ECMS is not available then (in order of preference) documents should be presented for lodgment by:

  • Email to the Magistrates Court that is dealing with the case
  • Post
  • Facsimile to the Magistrates Court that is dealing with the case or
  • (Where available) placing documents in the secure drop box located at the Magistrates Court Registry.

Contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

The page limits prescribed in Rule 11(3) of the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 for lodgment of documents by facsimile are suspended.

The Chief Magistrate has requested Judicial Officers to adopt a generous attitude when a party seeks to have a hearing adjourned due to self- isolation, or because a person falls into a high risk category.

Where a party does not wish to appear before the Magistrates Court in person (due to self- isolation or falling into a “high risk” category), they are encouraged to notify the Magistrates Court of their concerns in writing, and request to appear at the hearing by telephone link.

For the ease of the presiding judicial officer, it is also recommended that the party detail the matter number (IE – Prosecution Number, or Case Reference), their email address, and (direct) telephone number they wish to be called on at the hearing.

The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.

Exchange of Paper Documents

Documents should not be handed up to the judicial officer in open court. Documents that need to be tendered in Court should be presented to the Magistrates Court electronically (using the eCourts Portal, email, or facsimile) or by registered post, in advance of the hearing or trial.

Unless specified below, the exchange of documents between the parties in Court, should be determined between the parties, without the involvement of the Court.

Where parties seek to send a document to the Court whilst it is sitting, the party is permitted to use their mobile telephone, tablet, or computer in the courtroom to email the document to the relevant Magistrates Court, and the judicial support officer will print or email the document for the Magistrate.

Where parties wish to receive a document from the Court whilst it is sitting (such as a transcript, or a late report), they are permitted to use their mobile telephone, tablet, or computer in the courtroom, and the judicial support officer will email the document to the party/ies.

The contact details (including email addresses and facsimile numbers) for all Magistrates Court locations can be found on the Magistrates Court website.


Last updated: 12-Aug-2021

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