Industrial action – update from the Chief District Court Judge

ADLS has been asked to disseminate the following communication from the Chief District Court Judge, her Honour Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, to members regarding industrial action in the District Court.

“I write to inform you that the impact of escalating industrial action in the District Court has led me to make the following decisions to ensure the orderly and efficient conduct of the Court’s business.

“In the exercise of my statutory responsibilities (s 24(3) of the District Court Act 2016) I advise:

(1) With effect from 19 November 2018 the sessions of the District Court shall be altered to align the morning, lunch and afternoon adjournments with those being taken by Court staff.

(2) It is no longer orderly or efficient to roster or schedule judges beyond the existing rosters, and cases that cannot be allocated an event or a hearing will be recorded on a ready list for scheduling at a later date.

“I appreciate the impact this may have on your members, but I trust I can rely on their cooperation and goodwill to help keep the wheels of justice turning for people who need access to justice and who rely on the District Court.” 

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