Courts, tribunals and jury service
On this page
- Current restrictions on attending courts and tribunals
- Further measures at NSW Courts and Tribunals
- Jury Service
- Legal support
- $9m stimulus a win for justice and jobs in regional NSW
- For more information
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.
Current restrictions on attending courts and tribunals
Courts and tribunals have measures in place to conduct proceedings without the need for attending where possible.
You do not need to attend a Court or Tribunal unless you:
- are a party to a court or tribunal matter and no other arrangements are in place to conduct proceedings remotely
- require face-to-face services of the registry and no other arrangements are in place to enable this remotely
- are a representative of a news-media organisation with a legitimate reason for attending court
- have received a summons to attend court for jury service. For information about jury service and jury trials, read the section below for Jurors and jury trials.
Do not attend a court or tribunal if you:
- have travelled and returned from overseas in the past 14 days
- have had contact with a diagnosed, suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- you are feeling unwell and have any of the following symptoms:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath.
Registrars and 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
You can find further information below, including contact details for specific courts.
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, including temperature testing
- staggered return of face-to-face proceedings
- 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:
- Children's Court
- Coroner's Court
- District Court
- Drug Court
- Dust Diseases Tribunal
- Industrial Relations Commission
- Land and Environment Court
- Local Court
- NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
- Supreme Court
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.
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.