Supreme Court of New South Wales

About the Supreme Court

Its history, jurisdiction, and more

Chancery Building from Hyde Park

Jurisdiction and divisions

The Supreme Court is the superior court of record in New South Wales, and has an inherent jurisdiction in addition to its specific statutory jurisdiction. The Court has supervisory jurisdiction over other State courts and tribunals, and generally exercises this jurisdiction through its appellate courts.

Appellate and supervisory jurisdiction over all other courts in NSW
The State's highest court for criminal matters
Deals with civil, criminal and administrative law matters
The work of the Equity Division is administered through specialist lists


Tipstaff, associate and registry positions
Including historic King Street and Darlinghurst
Functions that Registrars & Deputy Registrars may exercise
One of the oldest courts in the Common Law world
Who makes the decisions?
Annual reviews and social media
By judges, past & present
Analysis of filings, disposals and more
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