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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.

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.

Jurors and jury trials

New jury trials are temporarily suspended in the District and Supreme Courts. Current trials, where a jury has already been selected and empanelled, will continue.

If you have been asked to attend jury duty or received a summons to attend court for jury service, contact the juror information line on 1300 780 199 or visit www.juror.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:

Law reform and legal services

COVID-19 is affecting the following, public facing, client service delivery areas of The Law Reform and Legal Services:

  • Anti-Discrimination NSW
  • Office of the Legal Services Commissioner
  • The Public Defenders.

Anti-Discrimination NSW (ADNSW)

In response to COVID-19 ADNSW offices are closed and no longer receive face to face enquiries. For free information about discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification and victimisation, contact staff by:

phone: 02 9268 5544

free call: 1800 670 812

email: adbcontact@justice.nsw.gov.au

www.antidiscrimination.justice.nsw.gov.au

The telephone enquiry service is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

The Public Defender

The Public Defenders office remains open with minimal staff. The number of visitors per day is strictly limited. Contact Public Defenders on 9268 3111 for advice on access to the office from 9.00am - 5:00pm.

See Courts for updates and court’s response to COVID-19.

Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC)

The Office of the Legal Services receives complaints about solicitors and barristers practising in New South Wales.

For more information about the role of this Office, the scope of its powers and for information about frequent complaint issues such as cost disputes, you should visit the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner website at www.olsc.nsw.gov.au.

Due to the evolving COVID-19, the OLSC is operating on reduced staffing levels and remote working by staff, delays may be experienced in processing and handling your complaint and/or responding to your enquiry.  If you send correspondence by mail, there may be further delays.  Please contact us by email (olsc@justice.nsw.gov.au) where possible.

If your email relates to a new inquiry we will contact you as soon as possible.

If your email is about an existing complaint it will be forwarded to your case officer who will contact you in due course.


Legal support

For useful information or legal support, you can visit:

  • LawAccess: www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 888 529 (Monday to Friday).
  • Legal Aid: To protect public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic Legal Aid is not providing face to face advice or representation to defendants at courts and office doors are closed. You can still seek advice by phone or email to your local Legal Aid office. For further information, including office contact details, please visit the Legal Aid website or call Legal Aid on 1300 888 529.
  • Aboriginal Legal Service: keep up-to-date on the ALS website or via the ALS Facebook page.
  • Law Society of NSW: www.lawsociety.com.au.

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Last updated: 01 Apr 2020