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Courtroom technology facilities


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Details 

Parties' responsibilities

Elec​tronic evidence playback

​(e.g. DVDs, CDs)


  • Courtrooms enabled for multi-media ​electronic evidence display/playback: Law Courts Building: Courts 7A, 7C, 8A, 8C, 8E, 9A, 9D, 10A, 10C, 10D, 11A, 11C, 11D, 12A, 12C, 12D & 13A. Darlinghurst: Courts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7,
    King St: Courts 1, 2, 3 & 5.
    Hospital Rd: Court 6
  • The court will provide assistance where possible with the connections to the AV display screens.  
  • The parties are to notify the List Office in advance of the sitting if they wish to display electronic evidence via playback. This is to ensure the allocation of an appropriate courtroom.
  • For DVD/CD playback (or from USB sticks), parties must supply their own laptop or other playback device (e.g. iPad, iPhone) to use in conjunction with the courtroom's audio visual system. The Court will faciliate the connection of that equipment (by cable) to the AV display screens in the courtroom.
  • For playback of other older media formats (e.g. VHS, cassette tape), the enabled courtroom is equipped with the relevant playback devices.
  • Most courtrooms are also equipped with electronic document cameras for document display purposes.
  • Parties should ensure that any CDs/DVDs to be used for playback are fully tested beforehand on their laptop/playback devices to ensure that any additional software is sourced in advance. Parties should also use this opportunity to familiarise themselves with playback settings and controls to ensure that the playback exercise in the court setting is conducted efficiently.
  • Parties are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that there is someone present on the day of the sitting to operate the playback equipment.
  • Once the prior testing is completed, parties can seek access to the courtroom prior to the sitting date to check all the connections. Contacts for the different court locations are as follows: Queens Square Law Courts Building - 02 9230 8801 (or via email), Darlinghurst Courts - 02 9368 2945, King Street Courts - 02 8115 8305.

Video conferencing

Courtrooms enabled for video conferences: Law Courts Building: Courts 1A, 7A, 7C, 8A, 8C, 8E, 9A, 9D, 10A, 10C, 10D, 11A, 11C, 11D, 12A, 12C, 12D and 13A. Darlinghurst: Courts 3 & 7. King St: Courts 1, 2, 3 & 5.

Parties are to refer to the following material: 

Bail video links

(​​criminal matters)


Courtrooms enabled for a bail video link: 1A, 10C, 11A, 11C, 12C, 12D, 13A (all in Queens Square building), King St 1.
Parties to request a courtroom with bail video link capability when the matter is fixed for trial/mention.

Telephone conferencing

  • Courtrooms enabled for multi-party telephone conferences: Law Courts Building and Hospital Road Court Complex: All courtrooms. Darlinghurst: Courts 3, 7. King St: Courts 1, 2, 3, 5.

Parties are to refer to the following material: 


Electronic or E-Courts


  • Courtrooms enabled for an e-Court set-up: Law Courts Building: Courts 7A, 7C, 8A, 8C, 8E, 9D, 10A, 10C, 11A, 11C and 12D.
  • Potential features of an e-Court include real-time transcript, electronic court book (for the exchanges of discovery lists and documents in court), full internet access
  • The Court only provides the basic technology infrastructure for the e-Court , but does not provide the actual services (see above) or technical support which parties must organise through third party providers.
  • Parties are to refer to  Practice Note SC Gen 7 - Use of technology.
  • Parties are to endeavour to reach agreement with other party early in the proceedings on the protocol to be used and the scope of that protocol. 
  • Parties are to seek either consent orders or directions from the Court, if agreement is not reached, concerning the terms of the protocol. 
  • Parties must give the Court as much notice as possible if they intend to electronically exchange discovery lists and documents.
  • Parties must decide on the protocol to be used and the scope of the protocol (See paragraph 16 in Practice Note SC Gen 7 to see what matters should be included in the protocol).
  • Parties and/or their agents are to provide hardware, software, necessary network connectivity  and training to the presiding judge/judges and their staff as required.

Jury deliberation


Jury rooms in NSW are equipped with laptops and screens for evidence playback to jurors.
  • Parties are to note NSW Government Circular C2009-25 Law Enforcement Standard for Digital Evidence 
  • Parties are to provide media files in a format that is compatible with Windows Media Player (see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316992) or a standard DVD player.
  • Parties are to supply software required to view files that is not compatible with   Windows Media Player and to provide installation information.
  • Parties are to test the equipment for compatibility prior to its use.