NSW trials online court for civil cases
The NSW government will start trialling an online court in the final quarter of 2015. A pilot of the online court will cover civil cases in the general division of the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court.
The court will allow parties to manage cases at a preliminary stage, without having to be physically present in a courtroom. Lawyers will be able to employ the online court’s services to seek preliminary orders online, such as an adjournment or an order that documents be filed by a certain date.
An important difference to non-online court proceedings is that the 28-day waiting period before the first preliminary hearing will not apply to online proceedings. Additionally, parties will be able to start making requests immediately.