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What happens to the Courts over Christmas?


** Updated dates for 2021/2022 **

As the Festive season swiftly approaches, many of us are wrapping up for the year and making preparations for celebrations and holidays. However, have you ever wondered what happens to the Courts over Christmas?

Like many other services and organisations, the Courts' operating hours change over the festive period.

The court system doesn’t completely shut down though – there’s typically judges and support staff on-call for emergency cases.

For details specific to your state, check the Courts’ Christmas vacation dates below.

Queensland Courts Vacation

  • Supreme Court: 20 December 2021 – 3 January 2022
  • District Court: 20 December 2021 – 3 January 2022
  • Magistrates Court: 20 December 2021 – 3 January 2022

For further information, see the Queensland Courts website.

New South Wales Courts Vacation

  • Supreme Court: 20 December 2021 – 28 January 2022
  • District Court: 18 December 2021 – 30 January 2022
  • Local Court: 27 December 2021 – 9 January 2022

For more information, visit the New South Wales Courts website.

Victoria Courts Vacation

  • Supreme Court: 18 December 2021 – 30 January 2022
  • County Court: 18 December 2021 – 16 January 2022
  • Magistrates Court: 23 December 2021 – 9 January 2022

For more information, visit the Victorian Courts website.

Western Australia Courts Vacation

  • Supreme Court: 25 December 2021 – 11 January 2022
  • District Court: awaiting the Court’s release of vacation dates.

For more information, visit the Western Australia Courts website.

Australian Capital Territory Courts Vacation

  • Supreme Court: 18 December 2021 – 30 January 2022
  • Magistrates Court: 23 December 2021 – 9 January 2022

For more information, visit the Australian Capital Territory Courts website.

Northern Territory Courts Vacation

  • Supreme Court: 23 December 2021 – 5 January 2022
  • Local Court: 18 December 2021 – 9 January 2022

For more information, visit the Northern Territory Courts website.

Contacting Shine Lawyers over the Festive Season

Shine Lawyers branches will be closed from 5pm, Thursday 23 December 2021 and re-open on Wednesday 5 January 2022. Over this period, our client contact team will continue to be available on 13 11 99 as follows:

  • Friday, December 24: 8:15am – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 29: 8:15am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 30: 8:15am – 5:00pm
  • Friday, December 31: 8:15am – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 4: 8:15am – 5:00pm

*Times are AEST

You can also make an enquiry online during these closure periods.

We wish everyone a very joyous festive season and a happy new year.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: December 9, 2021.

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