How to use this Bench Book

The Civil Trials Bench Book, or any section of it, can be read in its entirety or dipped into as necessary — for example, when in court or during a break in court proceedings.

To enable speedy access, there is a detailed Contents List at the front of each chapter, and an Index, a Table of Cases and a Table of Statutes at the back of the Bench Book. In addition, liberal use has been made of bullet points and bold type throughout the Bench Book. Precise cross references (including hyperlinks for the “online” version) have been provided wherever appropriate.

Your feedback

The Judicial Commission of New South Wales welcomes your feedback on how we can improve the Civil Trials Bench Book.

The Commission is particularly interested in receiving relevant practice examples (including any relevant model directions) that you would like to share with other judicial officers.

In addition, you may discover errors, or wish to add further references to legislation, case law, specific sections of other Bench Books, discussion or research material.

Please send your comments, by mail, to:

Editor — Civil Trials Bench Book
Judicial Commission of New South Wales
GPO Box 3634
Sydney NSW 2001

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