December 2017: The new Surry Hills Children's Court will open on 15 January 2018. Surry Hills Children's Court is a 4-court complex, with state of the art Audio-Visual Link (AVL) facilities, 2 conciliation rooms, witness protection rooms as well as space for support services and agencies that support the Children's Court. Surry Hills Children's Court is located at 66-78 Albion St, Surry Hills. Contact details for Surry Hill's Children's Court will be confirmed soon.
December 2017: The President has approved changes to
Children’s Court listing arrangements from January 2018. These changes include listing arrangements for the new
Surry Hills Children’s Court, changes to the Illawarra Children’s Court circuit
which will now incorporate Moss Vale and Goulburn, changes to the Central Coast
Children’s Court circuit and a minor change to the Western care and protection
circuit. The Children's Court listing arrangements including arrangements beginning in January 2018 can be accessed under Listings.
July 2017: The Children's Court at 357 Glebe Point Rd Glebe known as Bidura Children's Court will close permanently from Friday 7 July 2017. The final sitting day at 357 Glebe Point Rd Glebe will be Thursday 6 July 2017.
From Monday 10 July 2017 Bidura Children's Court will sit at Parramatta Children's Court at 2 George St Parramatta. Clients can continue to contact Bidura Children's Court through the same telephone numbers, email address and facsimile number.
An additional venue for the hearing of some care matters will be the Civic Building, Level 14, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney. The telephone number for the Children's Court at the Civic Building, Sydney will be 9307 6391.
To assist clients, a flyer has been produced, providing information about and directions to the alternate locations.
July 2017:JusticeLink is the new electronic case management system for the Children's Court care jurisdiction, and replaces the current manual registry processes for all care matters in New South Wales. Justicelink will go live on 1 July 2017.
Along with delivering key benefits for the Children's Court, the Justicelink project has enabled the Court to review practice and procedure to deliver a number of benefits to clients.
Legal practitioners will now be able to access certain information about a client's case electronically via the NSW Online Registry website. To access information via the Online Registry legal practitioners will need to:
July 2017: To coincide with the introduction of JusticeLink, the President has issued an updated Practice Note 5 and Practice Note 6, which can be accessed under Practice and Procedure.
The key changes are:
June 2017: The President has issued an updated Form 13 'Application for hearing date to be set', which has been uploaded under the 'care and protection forms' in 'Forms and Fees'. Practitioners are expected to use this form from June 2017 onwards.
June 2017: Attorney General Mark Speakman has announced the reappointment of Judge Peter Johnstone as the President of the Children's Court of NSW. Judge Johnstone's new term as President of the Children's Court began on 1 June 2017 and expires on 7 July 2021.
For further information see the Department of Justice Ministerial media release dated 3 June 2017.
May 2017: CLN Volume 1 2017 includes a number of cases and papers which are of relevance to the Children's Court jurisdiction.
May 2017: The President of the Children's Court has confirmed a change to the sitting arrangements affecting the Hunter Circuit.
The following links show the current sitting arrangements for the Children's Court.
Children's Court sitting arrangements as at 2017 [PDF 89kB]
Children's Court circuit arrangements as at 2017 [PDF 138kB]
March 2017: The President of the Children's Court has confirmed a change to the sitting arrangements affecting Woy Woy and Wyong Children's Courts.
January 2017: The President of the Children's Court has confirmed a change to the sitting arrangements affecting Sutherland Children's Court and Port Kembla Children's Court. Minor changes have also been made to the Mid-North Coast circuit.