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Announcement - Arrangement of business during 2011-12 law vacation

23 September 2011

The 2011 law vacation commences from close of business on Friday 16 December 2011.

In line with previous years the Commission will have in place arrangements to ensure that matters are dealt with in a timely way:

  • a duty judge to be on duty and in attendance at the Commission during the weeks 19 December -23 December 2011 and 2 January - 27 January 2012 of the law vacation
  • during the week commencing 26 December 2011 the Commission will be closed to the public, however, a duty judge and staff will be available to deal with any matter that needs to be dealt with urgently during that week
  • should a matter arise during that week, for example, parties who have a serious industrial dispute which cannot be resolved and the urgent intervention of the Commission is required, parties should contact the Commission's After Hours Number: 0401 142 429
  • the usual arrangements for a duty commissioner to be on duty for the period 26 December 2011 - 6 January 2012 will remain in place with all Commissioners on duty from 9 January 2012.
  • in the event that any urgent matter arises that requires one or more of the judicial Members of the Commission to be available to sit, arrangements will be made to allow that to occur.

During the course of the law vacation arrangements will be in place to ensure that
  • unfair dismissal matters continue to be listed to meet the standard time to first listing/conciliation of 21 days
  • industrial disputes can be listed before a member of the Commission immediately, and
  • any urgent notices of motion or similar matters may be listed where appropriate before a judicial member immediately

Expedition
Practitioners and other users of the Commission are reminded of the provisions under the Commission's Rules to seek expedition in a particular matter or that a matter be determined urgently.

Rule 3.3 of the Industrial Relations Commissions Rules 2009 states

Applications for proceedings to be dealt with urgently
    (1) An application for proceedings to be dealt with urgently may be made by filing a notice of motion, together with an affidavit setting out, briefly but specifically, the reasons why the proceedings should be so dealt with.

    (2) Copies of the notice of motion and affidavit must be served on each of the other parties together with the originating process or, if the proceedings have commenced before they are filed, promptly after they are filed
The 2012 law term commences on Monday 30 January 2012.


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