An Albury man fighting allegations he both committed an aggravated burglary and possessed a prohibited weapon has had his bail extended without needing to front court.
Corey Jade Quinlivan's case was one of the last ones dealt with before a magistrate in Albury Local Court since the introduction of rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Matters for mention are now being handled via email contact between defence lawyers and the Albury registrar, sentence matters in Wagga and police custody cases likewise via video links to police cells.
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Quinlivan's solicitor, Emma Harrison, told magistrate Miranda Moody that Quinlivan was unable to appear in court.
"He has been sent home by the sheriff," Ms Harrison said, referring to NSW Sheriff's officers' screening of anyone entering the Albury courthouse building.
Quinlivan has pleaded not guilty to charges of being carried in conveyance, dishonestly obtain property by deception, aggravated break and enter in company and possess a prohibited weapon.
The charges were due to be tested in a hearing set down for July 10, but because of anticipated major issues with witnesses being unwilling to come to court state-wide over fears of contracting the coronavirus the date was vacated.
Ms Moody adjourned the hearing instead to October 1 and pointed out the issues confronting the justice system because of the "strange times" inflicted by the coronavirus.
"There's been problems with people not wanting to come to court because of the virus, of wanting to self-isolate."
Ms Moody directed Ms Harrison to tell her client he had to attend the courthouse within 48 hours to sign his bail forms.