In a continuing effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19, this week the NSW District Court has announced further temporary measures which are aimed at further reducing physical Court appearances. These measures are significant and may directly impact your case.

This information is current as at 03 April 2020 and should be read in conjunction with our earlier blogs.


The temporary suspension of some Court appearances

The following Court appearances have been temporarily suspended, but only for matters where the defendant is not in custody:

  • Judge alone trials
  • Sentence hearings
  • Appeals from the Local Court (for example against conviction or sentence)
  • Arraignments
  • Readiness hearings

This position will be reviewed on 01 May 2020.

Matters which fall into the above category and which are temporarily suspended will be re-listed for mention only on a date after 01 May 2020.


Criminal matters where the defendant is in custody might be brought forward 

At this stage the Court will continue to hear all criminal matters where the defendant is in custody. Legal practitioners are being encouraged to consider whether it is possible to take an earlier hearing date. If so, these matters will be heard electronically using virtual court room technology.


Applications to vary bail can still be made

However these applications will now be dealt with by a Judge in chambers rather than in person.


Even though the Courts have slowed down temporarily, we’re still here for you. If you have any concerns about the changes to NSW Court procedures or your upcoming matter, call us on (02) 9696 1361 to make an appointment to speak to one of our lawyers via phone, Zoom or FaceTime.