The Supreme 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.
Media Manager (Mon-Wed)
(w) 02 9230 8190
Media Manager (Thu-Fri)
(w) 02 9230 8190
Access to court files and documents
Access will be granted to non-parties (including media representatives) where existing guidelines, practice notes and laws support open access and where no competing principles intervene. Journalists are required to submit an
Application to Access a Court File to the Court's
Media Manager, who will organise for a Judge and/or Registrar to consider the request.
Media representatives can apply to film criminal sentencing proceedings and final decisions in civil matters under the Court's
Media Recording and Broadcasting of Court Judgments Policy and Part 9A of the Supreme Court Act 1970. Please use the following Application Form (
PDF version I
Generally, judgments of the
Court of Appeal and
Court of Criminal Appeal are all published on the New South Wales Caselaw website shortly after they are delivered. Exceptions include judgments arising from voir dire, bail or interlocutory proceedings.
Since February 2014, the Supreme Court has published Judgment Summaries on the Court's website for matters of public interest and/or legal significance. Judgment Summaries are generally publicised via the Court's Twitter account,
Media Consultation Group
The Court established a Media Consultation Group in 2004 to identify, assess and evaluate impediments experienced by the media in reporting Supreme and District Court proceedings. The Group consists of judges and media representatives, and meets up to twice a year. Journalists wishing to be considered for membership when vacancies arise should submit an expression of interest to the Court's
Media guidelines - reporting criminal proceedings
These guidelines have
been provided to encourage and assist fair and accurate media reporting. They
do not constitute legal advice and members of the media should obtain their own
legal advice before reporting criminal proceedings
Media interviews & comment
Judges cannot make public comment on their cases, either current or concluded. From time to time however, the Chief Justice and heads of divisions participate in media interviews regarding the general work of the court, new policies and improved practices. Journalists should contact the Court's
Media Manager with interview requests.
Non-publication & suppression orders
Court proceedings and documents can be suppressed or temporarily prohibited from publication by a legislative provision (for example, section 15A of the
Child (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987) or by the order of a judicial officer. The publication inadvertent or otherwise of suppressed information can have serious consequences for the administration of justice. For example, criminal trials can be prejudiced and even aborted, protected witnesses can be placed in danger, and commercially sensitive or confidential information can be revealed. The Court's Media Manager advises journalists and media lawyers when non-publication and suppression orders are made, varied or revoked. If there is any doubt regarding the suppression or non-publication of any proceedings or documents, please contact the Media Manager to opt-in to the distribution list.
Online court lists
daily court list is updated at 3.30pm each day and displays matters listed for the next business day.
online court list allows journalists to search for a particular case by name, case number, location, date, jurisdiction, title of presiding officer and type of listing (for example, directions, hearing, judgment and so on). 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 court list is refreshed every minute.
The Court operates both a Twitter account (
Follow @NSWSupCt) and a
Facebook account for news, judgment summaries, recent publications and general announcements.
Judicial speeches are delivered at
significant events, including the swearing-in of new judges, domestic and international conferences, and retirement ceremonies.
In accordance with
Practice Note SC Gen 2 Access to Court Files, only parties and their legal representatives are entitled to obtain transcripts from court proceedings. As a non-party to proceedings, media representatives are generally required to purchase transcripts. Information about
ordering a transcript can be found here, or by contacting the Court's