About the eCourts renewal project
Over the last four years, the Supreme Court redesigned the courtroom with digitisation at its core, before embarking on an innovation strategy to deliver a more efficient and accessible justice system.
By examining and challenging convention, the Court began to entirely rebuild outdated infrastructure. This allowed for the development of the Court’s exclusive internet access that markedly improved speed and reliability – and formed the foundation for the rest of the transformation to be built upon.
Next, the Court digitised how cases were initiated by practitioners, administered and allocated by the Registry , and managed by the judicial officer, through eFiling.
An electronic format of the paper court file is now the primary file that is used from initiation, through administration and management of a matter, before it is digitally archived.
eCourts renewal progress
The project started in January 2019 and it is expected that by June 2021, all 31 courtrooms and three mediation rooms will be renewed to support the increasingly digital nature of matters heard at the Supreme Court.
A number of courtrooms in the trial building (3, 7, 7B, 11 and 14), 436 Lonsdale Street (1,2,3,4, 6 and 8) and the Court of Appeal (Red Court) have been completed.
- Built upon entirely new physical and technological infrastructure in a scalable environment, each courtroom will have ultra-high definition video-conferencing capability, upgraded evidence presentation system, livestream and webcast capability, as well as amplified acoustics.
- Families of victims may be offered the option of observing remotely, while directions and interlocutory hearings scheduled at short notice may provide those involved a view that may not otherwise be practical.
- CCTV, images and video captured on mobile devices will be displayed in ultra-high definition and practitioners will have the capability to connect both wired and wirelessly by WiFi or HDMI.