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;

• Campbelltown;

• Gosford;

• Katoomba;

• Parramatta;

• Penrith; and

• Wollongong.

Prioritising hearings – bringing criminal matters forward where the defendant is in custody

Practitioners are encouraged to notify the Court of:

  1. Sentence hearings requiring priority, particularly those defendants whose time on remand is approaching the period likely to be served on sentence; and

  2. 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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