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Court services and processes are changing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific measures are in place at courts and tribunals to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.

Attending courts and tribunals

In order to minimise the risk of all court users, the entry requirements include:

  • that you do not have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell;
  • that you adhere to physical distancing whilst in the building at all times; and 
  • have not had contact with a diagnosed, suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days

Restrictions based on building capacity may apply from time to time.

Please note that due to the changing health advice, additional entry requirements may apply. These requirements will align with the NSW Health advice on a particular day.

Sheriff’s officers may deny entry or request any person to leave a building. You must follow the directions of Registrars and Sheriff's officers.

Further information is provided on this page and in the links below.

Court and tribunal enquiries

If you cannot attend a court, or if you are unsure, contact the Courts Service Centre by email nswcsc@justice.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 272.

You can find further information below, including contact details for specific courts.

If you have enquiries relating to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) call 1300 006 228 or visit www.ncat.nsw.gov.au.

Further measures at NSW Courts and Tribunals

The health and wellbeing of all court and tribunal users is the paramount consideration for NSW Courts and Tribunals. Measures and precautions are being taken to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Arrangements are in place in each jurisdiction to protect the safety of court users and to limit the number of people required to attend where possible.

The measures and arrangements in place may differ for NSW courts and tribunals. Some measures in place at courts and tribunal locations include:

  • conducting proceedings remotely or online where possible
  • providing alternative ways to access Court Registry services, including via online forms and email applications
  • conducting screening checks on entry,
  • additional cleaning regimes, particularly in high traffic areas
  • providing hand sanitiser in public areas and within courtrooms
  • displaying physical distancing reminders, including floor markings and notices
  • implementing protocols for jury trials in the District Court
  • introduction of QR codes at courts and tribunals.

Further information on the arrangements in place can be found on the relevant courts and tribunals websites, or by contacting the court or tribunal directly. Follow the links below to find out more:

Jurors and jury trials

Jury trials are planned to take place at some NSW Supreme Court and District Court venues from June 2020.

Measures are in place to protect public health and reduce risks associated with COVID-19.

More information is available in the factsheet 'Ensuring juror safety during COVID-19’.

If you have received a summons for jury service and need further information, contact the juror information line on 1300 780 199 or visit www.juror.nsw.gov.au.

Legal support

For useful information or legal support, visit the Legal services and support page.

$9m stimulus a win for justice and jobs in regional NSW

The NSW Government is investing $9 million to fast-track upgrades at regional courthouses and corrections facilities to help kick start the economy in the wake of COVID-19, drought and bushfires.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro and Attorney General, Mark Speakman recently announced the funding package, which includes improvements to 63 regional courthouses.

The courthouse projects are part of $10 billion in NSW Government support measures to underpin our state’s recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $9 million funding forms part of more than $100 million for regional stimulus announced in April 2020.

The projects will deliver upgrades to fire safety and security systems, as well as general maintenance and structural repairs.

Tender and planning approval processes will be fast tracked to ensure work can start as soon as possible. The projects will help create jobs and support local businesses.

For more information on what the investment means for the justice system read the Attorney General’s announcement $9m stimulus a win for justice and jobs in regional NSW and the factsheet Funding stimulus for regional NSW court upgrades PDF, 300.41 KB.

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Last updated: 26 Apr 2021