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What happens to the Courts over Christmas?


** Updated dates for 2020/2021 **

Everything is wrapping up for Christmas, you may even be on holidays now! However, have you ever wondered what happens to the Courts over Christmas?

Just like many other businesses and organisations, the Courts' operating hours change over the Christmas period. Cases won’t be scheduled over the break and public entrances and services may be closed.

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

For details specific to your state, check the courts’ websites below.

Queensland Court Vacation

Supreme Court: 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021

District Court: 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021

Magistrates Court: 21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021

For further information, see the Queensland Court website.

New South Wales Courts Sitting Break

Supreme Court: 21 December 2020 - 29 January 2021

District Court: 19 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

Local Court: 28 December 2020 - 10 January 2021

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

Victoria Courts Summer Vacation

Supreme Court: 21 December 2020 - 10 January 2021

District Court: 19 December 2020 – 31 January 2021

For more information, visit the Victorian Courts website.

Western Australia Court Vacation

Supreme Court: 25 December 2020 to 14 January 2020

District Court: 25th December 2020 to 14 January 2020

For more information, visit the Western Australia Courts website.

Contacting Shine Lawyers over the Christmas/New Years period

Shine Lawyers branches will be closed from 5pm, Wednesday 23 December 2020 and re-open on Monday 4 January 2021. Our client contact team will continue to be available on 13 11 99 on 24 December, 29 December, 30 December & 31 December and will be available between the hours of 8.15am to 5pm. You can also make an enquiry online during these closure periods.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: October 28, 2020.

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