Summary of the policy updates that has been made due to Covid-19 in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Effective from Monday, 23 March 2020

  1. Jury trials
  • All new Supreme Court of NSW jury trials temporarily suspended until further notice
  • All new District Court of NSW jury trials temporarily suspended until further notice
  • Current trials, where a jury has already been selected and empanelled, will continue.
  • Judge alone trials, bail applications and civil trials will not be affected.
    • Steps have already been implemented to enable those matters to proceed taking into account the advice received concerning the virus.
  • Potential jurors with a summons to attend court should contact the juror information line on:

Effective from Monday 16 March

 

2.      Virtual courtroom environment

 

3.  List of hearings to be conducted by video-link or by telephone

  • The Subpoena Lists will be conducted as much as possible either by video link or by telephone link
    • Parties with short minutes of order are required to email by 3pm the day before so that the papers can be placed before the court

 

4.  Registrars’ Lists

  • All parties are strongly encouraged to use the Online Court, where available, telephone link or video link (in the case of contentious matters) and to not attend in person
  • The parties ARE NOT required to inform the court in advance whether they will be using video or teleconference facilities. [18 March]
  • All parties with an email address in JusticeLink will be contacted by email with information regarding connecting to the specific court for their listing via video and teleconference
  • Further information regarding the conduct of video and teleconference

 Effective from Monday, 23 March 2020

 

5.     Arrangements to appear by video-link or telephone:

5.1  Registrars’ Lists

  • Parties are required to jointly notify the Registrar whether the matter can be dealt with by the online court, telephone, video link or in person [12 march]
  • No less than three (3) business days before their matter is listed before the Registrar
  • They will then be given a block of time in which their matter will be heard. Cases in respect of which notification has not been given will be heard in person. Precise arrangements regarding telephone and video hearings will be provided.

5.2  Judges’ Lists

  • Parties are required to jointly notify the Registrar whether the matter can be dealt with by the online court, telephone, video link or in person
  • No less than three (3) business days before their matter is listed before the Registrar
  • They will then be given a block of time in which their matter will be heard. Cases in respect of which notification has not been given will be heard in person. Precise arrangements regarding telephone and video hearings will be provided.
  • Subject to specific directions given by the judge administering the list

5.3  Appeals or first instance matters

  • Consideration will be given to dealing with the matters by telephone or Audio Visual Link (AVL)
  • Not affected
  • Criminal Lists i.e. Bails and Arraignments, and current Supreme Court Jury trials
  • No changes to the way these are being heard
  • Judge alone trials, civil trials
  • Steps have already been implemented to enable those matters to proceed taking into account the advice received concerning the virus.

 

6.      Note

  • The adjournment return date folder has been removed from the courtroom and you will need to mention your matter to seek an adjournment

 

7.      Details

 

8.       Other

  • Visitors not involved in proceedings are asked to stay away from any NSW court building and measures will also be implemented to reduce contact between parties in current matters.