Due to the current Covid-19 social distancing requirements at the Courts, there will be no Court Excursions to the Sydney Courts in the near future.

The Rule of Law Education will not be taking any bookings for Court Excursions in 2022 until the restrictions have been lifted and the Courts are open to the general public.

The below information has been released by the Courts regarding Open Justice

Supreme Court of NSW Protocols (click here) on 31 January 2021

Open justice and media
Courtrooms are closed to media and the public. AVL links for media available from the Media Manager. Members of the public wishing to view a matter should contact sc.enquiries@justice.nsw.gov.au.

District Court Updates Covid-19 (click here)  12 Jan 2022 District Court Criminal Practice Note 23

Open Justice
56. The Court remains committed to the principles of open justice. However, the risk of COVID-19 requires the Court to limit the persons who may attend a trial in person.

57. Members of the public may not attend court in person. Should a member of the public wish to view a trial, attendance will be permitted by use of the virtual courtroom. The link to the virtual courtroom may be provided on request made by email to the trial Judge’s associate. All such requests will be subject to orders made by the trial Judge concerning the conduct of the trial. A list of associate contact details is available on the Court’s website.

58. A member of the media may not attend Court in person. Should a member of the media wish to view a trial, attendance will be permitted by use of the virtual courtroom. The link to the virtual courtroom may be provided on request made by email to the Court’s media liaison officer (mediadistrictcourt@justice.nsw.gov.au). All such requests will be subject to orders made by the Trial Judge concerning the conduct of the trial.

When we know more details we will keep you posted both on this page, via our mailing list, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Should you require any further information please contact courtvisit@ruleoflaw.org.au

In the meantime, our Law Day Facilitators have put together some resources that give you a taste of a Court Excursion that you can share with your students:

 LAW DAY OUT Court Excursion Program

The Law Day Out (LDO) is a paid court excursion for Years 10, 11 and 12 school students that includes the Rule of Law Education team:

  • arranging a court or judicial officer to speak to students about their work and the rule of law;
  • Law Day Out Facilitators guiding students in their observation of court matters; 
  • liaising with the courts and making all the necessary arrangements for a LDO.

LDO’s start at 8:30am.  If your school is unable to be outside the Courts at 8:30am you will need to book a Court Visit.

If you have an urgent need for a LDO please email courtvisit@ruleoflaw.org.au.  Booking for Term 4 will open soon.

To access the Booking Calendar On a Mobile Phone, click here.

Things to note when booking a Law Day Out

  1. Read our Terms and Conditions Policy and download our Excursion Pack
  2. Based upon your school calendar and availability, find a booking slot on the calendar below that is marked “AVAILABLE.”
  3. Open the Booking slot in a separate tab on your browser.  If you do not open a separate tab, you will only be able to complete part of the form and your booking will not be processed.  To open in a separate browser RIGHT CLICK on top of the booking slot you would like and choose “Open in a new tab
  4. In the booking form, select the number of tickets for each group. Eg for a Large group of 40 students select 1 large ticket. 
  5. If you make a mistake or try and book more tickets than are available it is better if you go back to the start and make a new booking
  6. Contact us by email if you have not heard from us after 1 week or on 02 8076 8221 if your enquiry is more urgent. We are currently working on improving our online booking system.   If you have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to email us.