The district court recognises the important role that media organisations and their accredited representatives perform on behalf of the community in facilitating open justice. It is committed to assisting media organisations to ensure fair and accurate reporting of proceedings before the court.
For all other media inquiries, please contact the District Court's Media Co-ordinator. Please note that media enquiries are not to be directed to the chambers of judicial officers.
District Court Media Co-ordinator: Felicita Benedikovics
Telephone: (02) 9287 7359Mobile: 0475 822 661
For media inquiries relating to other jurisdictions, please contact:
Media Manager - for Supreme Court, Land & Environment Court and Industrial Relations Commission inquiries.
Spokesperson, Department of Justice (02 8061 9360) - for Local Court, Coroner's Court, Children's Court and Drug Court inquiries.
Access will be granted to non-parties (including media representatives) where existing guidelines, practice notes and laws allow for access and where no competing principles intervene. Journalists are required to submit an Application to Access a Court File to the registrar.
Download the Application to Access a Court File form [PDF 88kb] [DOC 56kb]
Due to changing security risks and concerns, photos of NSW District Court Judges are not automatically released into the public domain. Media can request an official photo from the Court's Media Officer which will be provided if one is available and approved. Photos of Judges used in media reports should show them fully robed and wigged (unless otherwise approved by the Court). Media organisations are never permitted to film or photograph a Judge moving outside a Court complex, and should not use photos of Judges prior to them being appointed to the bench.
Media representatives can apply to film judgment remarks per the courts Media Recording and Broadcasting of Court Judgments Policy [PDF 44kb] [DOC 70kb] and the District Court (Broadcasting Judgments) Act 2014. In criminal matters this means the sentencing proceedings and in civil matters this means the judgment.
Journalists are required to submit an Application to Record/Broadcast a Judgment [PDF 41kb] [DOC 118kb] to the courts Media Co-ordinator, who will liaise with the presiding judge.
The interactive online court list allows journalists to search for a particular case name, case number, location, date, jurisdiction, title of presiding officer and type of listing (for example: directions, hearing, judgment, etc). Journalists can search for cases listed up to two weeks in advance, and for previous listings that have occurred in the last seven days. The interactive online list is updated regularly during the day. There is also a Court List App available, the Search NSW Court Lists app can be downloaded on any mobile phone or tablet device with an IOS or android operating system.
Judicial speeches are delivered at significant events, including the swearing-in of new judges, domestic and international conferences, and retirement ceremonies.
Only parties and their legal representative are automatically entitled to obtain copies of transcripts from court proceedings. As a non-party to proceedings, media representatives are generally required to apply for transcript under the access rules. If access is granted, media will be required to pay the relevant transcript fees.
For more information about applying for a transcript please follow the link to the District Court Transcripts page.
The information on this site is a guide only and is not legal advice - see disclaimer.