District Court COVID-19 Update
The District Court of NSW has today announced that the temporary suspension of new jury trials in the following Courts will continue until 28 August 2021:
• The Downing Centre;
• John Maddison Tower;
• Penrith; and
Prioritising hearings – bringing criminal matters forward where the defendant is in custody
Practitioners are encouraged to notify the Court of:
Sentence hearings requiring priority, particularly those defendants whose time on remand is approaching the period likely to be served on sentence; and
Local Court appeals where the appellant has been sentenced to a custodial sentence.
Where both the prosecution and defendant are ready to take an earlier hearing date and the hearing may proceed by use of a Virtual Court room, the Court may prioritise the hearing.
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