Drug Court of New South Wales

Courtroom technology

The use of technology in the court system is allowing greater flexibility in accessing justice and providing safety for court users.

Audio visual link

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 is not commonly used in Drug Courts, however it may be 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 Corrective Services NSW website.

Remote witness facilities

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.

Electronic evidence

Increasingly, evidence produced in court proceedings is in an electronic format. It is the responsibility of the parties to an action to ensure that their electronic evidence is compatible with the courtroom playback equipment.

Hearing loops

To assist people who have hearing impairments overcome the variations in court room acoustics the Department uses portable infra red systems . These are similar to hearing loops but ensure that the information stays within the courtroom.

Last updated:

09 Aug 2023

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