The Children’s Court of NSW is a unique court which has specialised practice and procedure with regard to children and young people in its criminal and care and protection jurisdictions. The Children’s Court of NSW Resource Handbook provides guidance on matters as they apply to children and young people in the legal system. While it is primarily intended to assist magistrates, other judicial officers, lawyers who appear in the Children’s Court and people interested in the work of the Court may find the Resource Handbook informative and instructive.

The Resource Handbook is not intended to be encyclopedic but rather to provide relevant articles, papers, references to relevant legislation and case law, and checklists and other aids which might be helpful in the preparation, organisation, conduct or management of matters within the Court’s jurisdiction. The Resource Handbook is also intended to provide practical assistance on issues, practices and procedures which arise in the management and conduct of proceedings which may not be addressed in court rules, legislation or case law.

The Resource Handbook is a dynamic document and segments will be added as they are prepared and it will be updated regularly. The Children’s Court and the Judicial Commission of NSW welcome comments and suggestions on the scope and content of the Resource Handbook with a view to ensuring that it remains current and is of assistance to anyone dealing in the Children’s Court jurisdiction.


His Honour Judge Peter Johnstone
Children’s Court of NSW