The use of technology in the local court is allowing greater flexibility in accessing justice and providing safety for court users.
The Audio Visual Link facility (AVL) is a form of video conferencing using cameras and television screens, that allows two-way communication to a remote location. AVL in local courts is primarily used to conduct bail hearings for offenders in a goal, however, is also used to take evidence from witnesses not able to attend the location, such as for witnesses who are interstate or overseas. Using AVL for bail hearings reduces unnecessary transportation of prisoners to and from court, especially to regional locations and increases the security for court users.
More information about AVL for bail hearings is available on the Department of Corrective Services website.
Remote Witness Facilities (RWF) uses a form of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to allow witnesses to give evidence from a location outside the courtroom. The witness can see, hear and participate in the court proceedings, but does not sit in the courtroom. The use of RWF can assist victims of crime and vulnerable persons feel safer when giving evidence as they are not in the courtroom with the offender.
Increasingly, evidence produced in court proceedings is in an electronic format. The list below provides information on the equipment available for evidence playback within regional New South Wales courtrooms. The circular provides the standards for the format of electronic evidence, and the final document provides more detailed advice on preparation for the presentation of electronic evidence.
It is the responsibility of the parties to an action to ensure that their electronic evidence is compatible with the courtroom playback equipment.
Equipment available for evidence playback in regional New South Wales courtrooms.
Circular 2009-25, Law Enforcement Standard for Digital Evidence issued by the Department of Premier and Cabinet provides the formats permitted for use in courts.
Department of Justice requirements for Electronic Evidence playback in New South Wales courts.
The information on this site is a guide only and is not legal advice - see disclaimer.