Judicial Information Research System (JIRS)

The Judicial Information Research System (JIRS) is an online database for judicial officers, the courts, the legal profession and government agencies that play a role in the justice system. Developed by the Judicial Commission, JIRS is an extensive, interconnected and hypertext-linked resource that contains case law, legislation, sentencing principles, sentencing statistics and other reference material of use to trial judges. It is our principal means for communicating changes to the criminal law and ensures that judicial officers are kept up to date with the latest developments in law and practice.

The database is the first of its kind in Australia and is recognised as a world leader in the field of computerised legal databases.

The primary legal reference material contained on JIRS includes the full text of judgments from the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Land and Environment Court, and Industrial Relations Commission, as well as selected High Court cases. It also includes the full text of NSW and Commonwealth Acts and Regulations.

The secondary legal reference material includes case summaries, commentary on the principles and practice of sentencing, and on-line publications, such as the Judicial Officers’ Bulletin. Quantitative reference material is available in the form of comprehensive and dynamic sentencing statistics, which can be located by reference to the sections of relevant legislation.

JIRS is available to the broader legal profession, libraries and educational institutions on a subscription basis.

Existing subscribers

For NSW government court and legal support staff (eg Crown Solicitors, DPP and Legal Aid) without direct access to JIRS while working from home, please send an email to jirs@judcom.nsw.gov.au with your name, email address, position and organisation to obtain a username and password.

If you already have a JIRS username and password you can login here – https://jirs.judcom.nsw.gov.au/

New subscription information

To arrange for subscriptions please contact the Judicial Commission at jirs@judcom.nsw.gov.au or phone +61 2 9299 4421

Subscription rates

Rates per organisation/chambers:
1-2 users $1,665 p.a. plus GST
3-5 users $2,185 p.a. plus GST
6-10 users $2,810 p.a. plus GST
>10 users $3,540 p.a. plus GST

Library subscriptions

Multiple user connection (library connection) $3,540 p.a. plus GST

Commencement of subscription

Subscriptions start on 1st July until 30th June. New subscribers commencing after 1st July will be on pro rata basis for the remaining period of the financial year.


Invoices are processed in advance on 1st July each year, and are payable within 30 days. New subscriber invoices, on a pro rata basis, are also payable within 30 days.

Existing users as at 30 June will be automatically invoiced on 1 July for the next financial year unless otherwise advised. Please notify jirs@judcom.nsw.gov.au and accounts@judcom.nsw.gov.au if you do not want to renew your subscription.

Cancellation of subscription

Cancellation must be in writing, with emails being acceptable evidence of a request to cancel subscriptions. If cancelled within the first 45 days, a full credit is granted. After the first 45 days, a pro rata credit will be issued for the unused period to 30th June.

Modified JIRS for iPads and mobile devices

Select information from JIRS is freely available to the broader legal profession and the public on the JIRS Resources App for tablet users. The app provides an updating content feed of recent legal developments (case law and legislation) in the NSW and Commonwealth jurisdictions. In addition, the app allows the user to manage personal copies of the electronic versions of our bench books and access selected pieces of legislation. This app is designed to be of use for judicial officers, lawyers and police prosecutors, as well as law students from NSW, particularly when working in locations where there is limited internet access available.

The JIRS Resources App is now available on the App Store and on Google Play. badge_appstore-lrg JIRS Resources - Android