The redevelopment aims to improve the usability of the site, add features such as RSS feeds, and ultimately improve the on-line service that the Court provides.
The new version should be running by Friday.
A couple of new Practice Directions are also being brought in for the new financial year.
Practice Direction No 4 of 2006, which regulates the conduct of Court 1 at Melbourne Magistrates' Court, is being revoked. It hasn't been followed for a long time. Instead, Practice Direction No 5 of 2012 will take effect on July 1.
Practice Direction No 6 involves gaol orders. It introduces a new form requiring more information than the standard form provided at Schedule 2 of the Corrections Regulations 2009.
Specifically, the Magistrates' Court wants to know why an audio/visual link isn't being used (a reversal of the traditional presumption), and whether the other party is aware of the application for a gaol order.
Unlike Direction No 5, the direction about gaol orders doesn't seem limited to proceedings at Melbourne Magistrates' Court.