The courts have been deemed a 'sensitive environment' in relation to COVIDSafe settings, meaning some of the courts’ measures and restrictions may differ from those which apply more generally.
You are not required to wear a mask when attending for jury service, although you may do so if you prefer. If you do not have a mask and would like one, Juries Victoria will provide one to you upon request.
If you are COVID-positive or a close contact of a COVID-positive person, or you are experiencing COVID symptoms, however mild, you must stay home and call our office on 03 8636 6800 to advise us of your circumstances.
Other measures implemented by the courts to ensure the safe conduct of jury trials include:
- Greater consideration given to people who apply to be excused or to have their jury service deferred due to being vulnerable to the consequences of COVID-19
- Following the latest health advice with respect to COVID-19
- Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and areas
- Providing hand sanitiser
- Requesting all individuals who are selected on a trial sign a consent form confirming they will undergo a COVID-19 rapid test should they develop symptoms while serving on a jury.
For more information about COVID-19 and how you can help protect yourself and others, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus webpage (External link).