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Summary of the provision of audio visual (AV) technology in the Supreme Court



AV Requirements
Supreme Court responsibilities
Parties responsibilities
Procedure for making the request
Videoconferencing & teleconferencing Please refer to the video and telephone conferences procedures for civil cases document.
  • to request for a courtroom with videoconferencing/teleconferencing equipment when the matter is listed*,
  • to provide the registry with the correct telephone numbers,
  • to be present 30 minutes before the videoconference/teleconference session to verify telephone numbers. If a test is required beforehand, please request for one at the time of listing.
A request is made at the time of listing the matter for hearing and the presiding Judge gives approval for the use of such equipment.
Ecourts (involving electronic exchange of discovery lists and documents in court) Please refer to SC Practice Note SC Gen 7 - Technology in courtrooms.
  • to give the Court as much notice as possible if they intend to electronically exchange discovery lists and documents,
  • to decide on the protocol to be used and the scope of the protocol (See paragraph 16 in Practice Notes SC Gen 7 to see what matters should be included in the protocol)
  • to provide hardware, software, necessary network connectivity and training to the presiding judge/judges and their staff as required.
Seek approval from the trial judge for the use of technology. If one hasn't been allocated, this approval must be sought from the relevant list judge.

Endeavour to reach agreement with other party early in the proceedings on the protocol to be used and the scope of that protocol.

Seek either consent orders or directions from the Court, if agreement is not reached, concerning the terms of the protocol.
Audio visual equipment
  • to provide a courtroom with audio visual display systems if one is available (laptops and computers are not provided for use in courtrooms),
  • to provide screens if available.

  • to request for a courtroom with audio visual display equipment when the matter is listed*,
  • to request for a test of the court provided system prior to the hearing (see procedure in the next column),
  • to supply their own laptop to use with the audio visual system,
  • to supply a projector (if a court with audio visual display equipment is not available)*.
A request is made at the time of listing the matter for hearing and the presiding Judge gives approval for the use of such equipment.

Please call the appropriate number to request for equipment tests:

Law Courts Building - 02 9230 8886 or 9230 8801
Darlinghurst Courts – 02 9368 2945
King Street Courts - 02 8115 8305
Jury deliberation
  • to supply laptops or to provide televisions with DVD playing facilities.

  • Parties are to note NSW Government Circular C2009-25 Law Enforcement Standard for Digital Evidence
  • to provide media files in a format that is compatible with Windows Media Player** or a standard DVD player,
  • to supply software required to view files that is not compatible with Windows Media Player and to provide installation information,
  • to test the equipment for compatibility prior to its use.
The presiding Judge gives approval for the use of such equipment and will ask the registry to make arrangements to supply the laptop.

Requests for laptops must be submitted at least 4 days before the laptop is required. The registry does not guarantee on time delivery if it receives late notice.

*King Street Courts 1, 2, 3 and 5, Darlinghurst Courts 3 and 7 and Courts 1A, 9A, 9D,10A, 7A, 7D, 12A and 12D in the Law Courts building are fitted with audiovisual systems.
**For a list of Windows Media Player supported formats, go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316992.


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Last updated: 10 March 2011
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