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Bench Books

The Commission's bench books and handbooks are practical, loose leaf reference works that assist judicial officers to conduct trials. They include relevant legislation, case law, sentencing principles, procedural guidelines, suggested jury directions and sample orders. The bench books are available to download in PDF or html. 

Bench Books

  • Civil Trials Bench Book — html PDF
  • Criminal Trial Courts Bench Book — html PDF
  • Equality before the Law Bench Book — html — PDF
  • Local Court Bench Book — html — PDF
  • Sentencing Bench Book — htmlPDF


  • Children’s Court of NSW Resource Handbook — html — PDF
  • Sexual Assault Trials Handbook — html PDF
Bench books can also be downloaded to your iPad using the JIRS Resources App available on the App Store and and to your Android device on Google play. JIRS Resources - Judicial Commission of New South Wales JIRS Resources - Android
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