Information for the Media

The County Court  Guidelines for the Media are intended to assist journalists and media outlets and organisations to:

  • promote transparency of proceedings and the principle of open justice;
  • facilitate fair and accurate reporting of matters before the Court; and
  • communicate with the public and develop community understanding of the work of the Court.

As the Guidelines make clear, the interests of justice may require that particular information and/or documentation not be published or be prohibited from disclosure. The operation of the Guidelines is subject to the exercise of judicial discretion in a given case. The Judge has the power to regulate the proceedings of his or her court.

Civil file Search requests
No search fee is payable to search a civil file. However, journalists must provide their media identification on request to staff at the Registry counter.

Photocopying charge is 60 cents per page.

Applications Forms

Please submit your request using the forms below.

Only journalists recognised by the Court are permitted to exercise the privileges of the Guidelines. Journalists who wish to be recognised for this purpose can apply using the Media Registration Form.

View / Download 

Journalists wishing to make application to record or film in court or for access to documents, transcripts and exhibits or to make some other application may use the Media Request Form (CCV-M1)

View / Download Media Request Form CCV-M1

Requests for Court statistics should be submitted via the Data Request Form found in the Court Performance page here.

All requests by journalists and /or media organisations to access court files, transcripts, tendered exhibits and decisions should be made to the Strategic Communications Manager.

Media Request Form CCV-M1 (21 November 2013) - FINAL.doc View/Download File type msword icon (69.00 KB)
Media Registration Form_FEBRUARY 2017.doc View/Download File type msword icon (1.24 MB)
County Court Guidelines for the Media (November 2016)_FINAL.pdf View/Download File type pdf icon (141.08 KB)