COVID-19 Information (updated 5/1/2022)

Covid 19

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Hearings of TASCAT to be conducted remotely

5 January 2022

The Tribunal has determined that until further notice all hearings and listings before the Tribunal will be conducted remotely (by telephone or video conference).

Parties to any matters listed before the Tribunal up until 13 January 2022 will be contacted by staff to get their contact details to allow them to attend by telephone or video conference.

Parties to any matters listed before the Tribunal after 13 January 2022, need to notify the Tribunal in writing of their contact details at least 48 hours before the hearing date. This will allow staff to ensure you are connected to the hearing.

The Tribunal acknowledges there may be circumstances where it is necessary or appropriate for in-person attendance.  If a person wishes to attend a hearing in person, they need to notify the relevant Stream of the Tribunal in writing at least 48 hours before the hearing. Please ensure you provide reasons in that email as to why your attendance in person is necessary or appropriate.  The Tribunal will then determine if you may attend in person.

Please note:  anyone who is permitted to attend in person must comply with the requirements set out below in these COVID 19 safety requirements.

Members of the public who wish to attend any open/public hearings of the Tribunal should send written notification to the email of the relevant Stream of the Tribunal at least 48 hours prior to the hearing.  Please include your contact details in that email.  Registry staff will contact you to make the arrangements for you to attend.

COVID19 Safety Requirement for TASCAT:

The Tribunal must ensure it complies with Public Health requirements in managing the safety of the public and staff arising from COVID19 as well as Departmental directions for the health and safety of staff and visitors to its premises.

Requirements for attending Tribunal premises are set out below.

  1. Any visitor (whether a party to proceedings or a member of the public) who wishes to attend the Tribunal premises must be fully vaccinated.
  2. PLEASE NOTE:  You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status when you arrive at the Tribunal premises.
  3. If you are a party to any proceedings before the Tribunal and you are not vaccinated or you do not wish to disclose your vaccination status, you must advise the Tribunal before your hearing date.
  4. The Tribunal will make arrangements for you to appear by telephone or video conference.
  5. If the Tribunal has specifically ordered that you must appear in person at its premises (such as by issuing a summons), and you are not vaccinated, you must advise the Tribunal prior to you attending the premises. The Tribunal will contact you to advise of the arrangements for your visit, which will include you wearing of a face mask while on the premises.  PLEASE NOTE: a specific order must issue from the Tribunal that you attend in person – notification of a hearing date is NOT an order requiring your attendance in person.

General requirements:

A person must not attend the premises if they:

  • have COVID19;
  • have been instructed to quarantine or isolate and their quarantine or isolation period is not yet finished;
  • have been issued with a stay at home order; or
  • are unwell, including with fever (or signs of fever, including chills or night sweats), runny nose, cough, sore/itchy throat, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell.

When at the Tribunal premises

  • You must check in at reception using the Check In TAS application.  Tribunal staff have a Check In TAS app for visitors to assist;
  • You must also check in to the individual hearing room you enter for your hearing. Reception staff will assist you in identifying the room and the QR code needed to check in;
  • Sanitize hands when entering or exiting the premises;
  • Follow all directions from Tribunal staff as to seating and room capacity in Tribunal rooms;
  • Maintain 1.5 metres distance between persons while in hearing rooms or common areas;
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with elbow or tissues (and safely disposing of tissues).

How the Tribunal will determine who may attend in person

Please note that because of limits of how many people may be allowed in a room, not everyone who wishes to attend a hearing in person may be able to do so.  The Tribunal will be requiring more parties to appear remotely from mid December 2021.

Each Stream will determine who will be given priority to attend in person in a hearing room.

Generally however, parties to any proceedings, their representatives and witnesses will always be given priority.

Any members of the public who may wish to observe any open hearings will only be allocated any surplus seating after the parties have been given priority. Any surplus seating will then be allocated to observers based on their arrival time at the premises.

Updated: 5th January 2022