We’re in lockdown – do I need to attend court for my family law matter?

On the 26th of June 2021, the NSW Government announced a series of ‘Stay At Home Orders’, which have basically put us all back into lockdown. This can be a really tricky time, but The Separation Place and Mediators is here to guide you through this process. You can call us for advice on 1300 444 LAW. The following information applies to matters in court in the Greater Sydney area. 

Please note that the Stay At Home Orders and COVID-19 Regulations in NSW are changing regularly. This information is up to date at the time of publishing, but may be subject to changes and updates.

Courts are open and cases are still going ahead

The Courts that operate within Greater Sydney are still operating as close to normal as possible. Courts are exempt for regulations in relation to gatherings, and you are allowed to leave your home to meet legal obligations. So, if you have a court date in the next couple of weeks, it’s still on. The courts are implementing temporary measures though for the safety of the public.

What do I need to know?

All matters that are before the Family Courts are being dealt with by phone. This means that you will not physically have to attend court, but you must still be available to attend on the phone. It is very important that you still attend on the phone. 

We will still be your lawyer on the day, and we will also be attending by phone. You will have the chance to speak with us before and after your matter, just like if we were physically at court. 

How do I know what to do?

If you have court this week, and you haven’t heard from us, please email us to receive your information on how to dial in for the matter. 

For urgent matters or urgent changes to your instructions, please call us. 


We understand that this can be a difficult time. Attending court is a serious matter. The Separation Place and Mediators has been through this before though, and we are able to support you through the legal process to our usual high standards. 

If you require any advice in relation to your upcoming court matter, call The Separation Place on 1300 444 LAW.