QLS urges NQ solicitors to stay cyclone safe
27 March 2017
NQ Courthouse closures
The following Courthouses will be closed Monday and Tuesday 27-28 March 2017, due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie:
- Ayr Magistrates Court
- Bowen Magistrates Court
- Charters Towers Magistrates Court (closing from mid-morning Monday)
- Proserpine Magistrates Court
- Townsville Magistrates Court (closing after Monday morning arrest court)
- Townsville Supreme and District Courts (closing from mid-morning Monday)
For further updates, see http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/
QLS president Christine Smyth has asked for all Queensland solicitors in the path of Cyclone Debbie to remain safe and put the lives of themselves and others as the highest priority.
With Cyclone Debbie predicted to make landfall on the north Queensland coast Tuesday morning between Townsville and Proserpine, the Law Society turns its thoughts to practitioners needing to evacuate and keep themselves, staff and families safe.
“Lives are the most important thing in these circumstances,” Ms Smyth said.
“There are many things that a practitioner can do to try and safeguard their business, as well as options following a natural disaster.
“It’s paramount that businesses are prepared for such disasters but I reiterate that safety of lives is the most important.”
Ms Smyth said that practitioners can find helpful disaster guidelines via the Legal Aid Queensland website, tips for storm preparedness via Queensland’s State Emergency Service’s website, and more specific information for law firms who are covered by Lexon Insurance at their website (login required).
Ms Smyth also said that practitioners who complete the Law Society’s Practice Management Course received training in risk and compliance where they were given advice on disaster preparedness.
“It is important to also note that if things do go wrong for your business during the storm, the Law Foundation Queensland may be able to assist with funding. You can find out more on their website,” Ms Smyth said.
“I ask those not in the danger zone to extend courtesy during this time, as most firms will be out of communication until at least Wednesday (29 MAR).
“The Townsville Courts are also closed until Wednesday and banks are already closed.
“During the 2011 floods our solicitors stepped up and undertook massive amounts of pro bono work to those seeking assistance with insurance claims and other issues.
“It is now time for our practitioners to also look after themselves and their loved ones.
“You must be prepared and safe in order to put you in the best possible position to begin helping those in desperate need of your assistance post disaster.”
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