ACT Courts and Tribunal Logo REGISTRY CLOSURE

The ACT Courts Registry will be closed from

12:30 pm on Friday 22 December 2023

and will re-open at

9:00 am on Tuesday 2 January 2024.

Duty Court for Criminal Matters

Duty Court will be accessible via the Childrens Court entrance (located to the left of the main Court entrance when facing the building).

A duty magistrate will hear bail applications and emergency care proceedings every day except 25 December 2023.

Payment of fines

Fines cannot be paid when the registry is closed. Fines may be paid when the registry re-opens.

Direct debit deductions due Thursday’s 21 and 28 December 2023 are cancelled. Deductions will commence on the next scheduled date.

Emergency Family Violence Protection Orders

You may apply for an emergency Family Violence Protection Order by contacting the Australian Federal Police on 131444 or attending City Police Station, London Circuit Canberra City.

You can find information about after-hours family violence orders in this factsheet.

The following agencies provide support for these matters: Domestic Violence Crisis Service (02) 6280 0900

Legal Aid ACT (02) 6243 3411

Emergency Court Proceedings

You may request the Court Registry to be opened during the shutdown period by telephoning (02) 62071203 and paying the applicable fees outlined in the Fees Determination available from our Court website at