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The Local Court continues to have some modified operations to reduce the risk of the spread of Coronavirus. These changes are outlined in the Chief Magistrate's Memorandum and any in force Court Security Order. Below is some general advice surrounding the arrangements which are in place to minimise physical attendance in local courts.

Forms are available for defendants or their legal representatives to enter a plea in Local Court matters online through the Online Registry.

Entry requirements

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DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

DO NOT ATTEND COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in your isolation period
  • have any flu-like symptoms (even mild) including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell
  • you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result

If this applies to you, you MUST contact the relevant court immediately and let them know (you can request an adjournment or have your legal representative make alternative arrangements). Email addresses and telephone numbers for local courts are here.

Court users may be required to wear a fitted face covering/mask if directed by a magistrate.

Criminal Matters

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If you are required to attend court, you must appear in person, unless an application to appear remotely (via AVL) has been approved by the Court. For more information on timeframes for applying for remote appearance see here.

For persons in custody, most appearances will continue to be done by AVL (where possible), unless it is a hearing or where the magistrate has ordered the person to appear in person. 

Civil Proceedings

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Civil matters in both the Small Claims and General Division will proceed in accordance with Practice Note Civ 1

Legal Practitioners

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Legal practitioners can access case information via the online registry website (for both civil and criminal matters). 


This is a quick and efficient way to access and view live court results and other information related to the cases you represent, providing answers to the most commonly asked questions that you may contact the registry or our Court Services Centre about.


Once you are registered, you can link any criminal or civil matters you act for through the filing of a Notice of Appointment or Notice of Appearance. After you are linked to the case, you will be able to view case information such as court results, bail conditions and future listing dates. In civil matters, you can also file forms.


The filing of the Notice of Appointment or Notice of Appearance is fully automated, meaning you only need to complete the applicable details within the online form. There is no requirement for you to draft the form and then upload. Once the appointment or appearance has been lodged, the case is automatically linked to your profile and you can view the matter in your case list. To begin adding cases to your profile, you will need the Justicelink case number to file the appointment or appearance.


To register or access your login, go the online registry website. If you have paralegals or administration staff, they can also register for online services as a ‘delegate’. Once registered, you can link them to your profile, giving them the ability to view the cases you represent and obtain the same information. They will also be able to file forms on your behalf.


For information on how to register


If you require any technical assistance with registering or linking cases to your account, you can contact onlineregistry-support@justice.nsw.gov.au

Miscellaneous

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Face to face registry services across all of NSW may be limited (or in some locations temporarily not available). Please contact the relevant court prior to attending, see section 'how to contact a court'.

Last updated:

01 Jul 2022

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