Novak Djokovic’s case is back in front of Judge Anthony Kelly. Refresh the page for live updates.

  • Judge Kelly is talking about a possibility of transferring the case to the Federal Court.

”While I have what it seems is an unappealable power to transfer this matter to another court, it is qualified by the requirement … that the Federal Court of Australia confirms the order I make.”

  • Judge Kelly confirms that Novak Djokovic has been invited to an interview on Saturday morning at 8 AM.
  • Judge Kelly suggests a possibility of a brief interim injunction to 4pm Saturday 15 January to prevent deportation of Novak Djokovic.
  • Novak’s lawyers Nicholas Wood highlights how the time is of the essence here. “Extremely precious, every minute that we have, before the tournament commences on Monday.”
  • Novak Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood is asking Judge Kelly to retain the case in the Federal Circuit Court, in order to prevent the loss of time to transfer it to the Federal Court.
  • Novak Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood is asking Judge Kelly to grant Novak a permission to spend tomorrow with his legal team so he can be involved in the case and prevent Novak’s arrest tonight. Wood is asking for Judge’s order to allow the tennis world champion to stay in his private accommodation tonight.
  • Novak Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood criticized the Australian government for making the decision “shortly after 6pm on a Friday” four days after the Federal Circuit Court decision and more than a week after the first visa cancellation.
  • Novak Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood asking Judge Kelly if he had time to read the “reasons of the minister” and suggests that his reasons for the second cancellations stand at odds with what they gave as an initial reason for visa cancellation.

The delegate said Mr Djokovic may infect other people because he’s unvaccinated. The present set of reasons is starkly different. The minister assumes in Mr Djokovic’s favour every single fact that might have been in issue previously, that he’s complied with the law, that he poses only a negligible risk to others, Mr Djokovic has a medical reason not to be vaccinated, and that Mr Djokovic is of good standing.

  • Novak Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood is using the term “forcible removal” of high profile tennis player due to Novak’s “anti-vax sentiments” impact can have on Australians.
  • Judge Kelly acknowledges that the issue of a valid medical exemption, was never dealt with in the Novak Djokovic hearing on Monday. “That part of the case remains unresolved,” Judge said.
  • The Judge Anthony Kelly  ordered the case to be transferred to the Federal Court. Djokovic lawyers had urged it to stay with this court (Federal Circuit).
  • The Australian government cannot take now any step to deport Novak Djokovic from Australia.

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