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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.

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:
    • fever
    • cough
    • 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

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

Access is restricted to certain people and where possible proceedings will be conducted remotely or online.

The measures and arrangements in place may differ for NSW courts and tribunals.

See specific information on courts and tribunal websites:

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.

Download list of regional court upgrades PDF, 88.46 KB

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Last updated: 26 May 2020