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​No​rth West NSW court registries trial new opening hours

From 2 November, courthouse registries at Cobar, Gilgandra, Narromine, Nyngan and Warren will operate on their local court sitting days and by appointment on other days, as part of a six-month trial. 

The trial is a response to low levels of enquiries outside court sitting days, with registries, on average, receiving less than five face-to-face enquiries per week. 

Most registry services are now available online or over the phone. People who need a face-to-face registry service (such as witnessing a power of attorney) on non-sitting days can call 0476 802 996 to make an appointment.

The trial will have no impact on the number of local court sitting days in Cobar, Gilgandra, Narromine, Nyngan and Warren which are as follows:

  • Cobar Local Court sits two days per month
  • Gilgandra Local Court sits between one and two days per month
  • Narromine Local Court sits three days a month
  • Nyngan Local Court sits between one and two days per month
  • Warren Local Court sits between one and two days per month.
When courts are not sitting, registrars will work at other courts in the region.  

Legal services available online and over the phone

The government’s LawAccess service offers free legal information and advice over the phone (ph:1300 888 529) and maintains a website (www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au) helping people address common legal issues and prepare for their day in court.

The Legal Information Access Centre is a good source of legal information and its Tool Kit is available at all local libraries.

The NSW Courts Service Centre responds to more than 50,000 telephone enquiries a month about court matters and jury services (ph: 1300 722 574). 

To find a JP in your area, visit: www.jp.nsw.gov.au. There are around 200 JPs in the North West region.

More than 50 of the most common forms to initiate court processes can now be submitted online at: https://onlineregistry.lawlink.nsw.gov.au

Birth, death and marriage certificate applications can be lodged online at: www.service.nsw.gov.au or www.bdm.nsw.gov.au​ and can be submitted by post (GPO Box 30, Sydney NSW, 2001).