Below is a link to the latest COVID-19 practice note from Court of Appeal. As well as the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal remote hearings protocol (updated 20 May 2020). Instructions for Virtual Meeting Rooms (VMR) are also below
Statement from ADLS President Marie Dyhrberg QC: The Impact of COVID-19
We are aware that many of you may be overwhelmed by correspondence from organisations setting out their responses to COVID-19.
We hesitate to add to that.
At the same time, as an organisation committed to supporting the legal profession, we feel it is important that we keep you informed and let you know some ways that we can best support you.
ADLS is committed to closely monitoring the situation as it develops and responding to the changing landscape in a way that best supports our members and the legal profession.
Please see below for helpful information and support from ADLS to the legal profession.
Know that we are committed to acting proactively in the face of the challenges ahead. Our priority is to support you as best we can in meeting your changing needs. Together, we will adapt to our new environment. Kia kaha to you all.
Marie Dyhrberg QC ADLS President
Marie Dyhrberg QC, ADLS President
ADLS Deed of Lease
Please find below a link to the statement on ADLS' Deed of Lease.
The following information has been provided from Legal Aid:
Justice is deemed an essential service of which legal aid is an integral part
Whilst we will obviously be working at a reduced capacity we will be prioritising those essential services to ensure that applications are processed and invoices are paid
We are exploring ways to have our people working at home and in the office during the lockdown period
More information from Legal Aid will follow when we know more.
Business Debt Hibernation
Message from the Companies Office
We appreciate that you'll have many clients who have experienced tough times during COVID-19. Throughout this time, the Government has implemented a number of supports aimed at helping businesses remain viable and keep people in jobs.
One of these initiatives is Business Debt Hibernation as part of the COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020 (the Act), which received Royal Assent 15 May 2020. Read more about the legislation
The Companies Office has prepared this guide
for professional users who are responsible for updating their client's details on the Companies Office registers. It summarises the process and provides links to the forms that will need to be completed for any business wishing to enter Business Debt Hibernation.
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ADLS Committees will continue to meet via remote access to provide pragmatic guidance for practitioners on how best to respond to the current working environment in their various areas of practice.
ADLS Collegiality Events
The health and well being of members of the profession, our staff and the wider community is our highest priority. We are closely monitoring government-imposed restrictions, and advice on gatherings, as we navigate this pandemic. Events will only go ahead if it's considered safe to do so. If an event you are registered for is cancelled by ADLS you will receive a refund of the ticket price paid. We ask that you do not attend any events should you have cold or flu-like symptoms. For any questions or concerns please email events.
ADLS is supporting members by offering a new Virtual Meeting Room service to enable them to stay connected to their clients and colleagues in a safe and convenient way. Utilising Zoom, you will have your own virtual room to hold a meeting that can be accessed via phone or web for up to 300 people. The space is easy to use and collaborative making it simple to share documents and presentations with attendees.
The Government is proposing to provide the Commissioner of Inland Revenue with discretion to temporarily vary dates, timeframes and procedural requirements specified under various Acts administered by Inland Revenue.
Updates from Inland Revenue: effect that COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has had on the income and businesses of many of our customers. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, Inland Revenue acknowledges that many customers will be coming under increasing financial pressure to pay their taxes in full and on time.
Please find below a link to an information update from Lloyd Gallagher, ADLS Member and Convenor of the ADLS Technology and Law Committee, regarding tax treatment of the Government Employer Wage Subsidy Scheme.
A joint letter from CBA and NZLS has been sent to the Department of Corrections with suggestions about improving hygiene practices and enhancing access to justice with better use email communications between Counsel and clients.