FAQ Media

Do you have a question about the NSW ODPP? We cannot provide legal advice and do not discuss individual cases, but will consider inquiries about the criminal justice system and the process of matters through the court.

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 The presiding judge will sometimes make specific evidence, including but not limited to, CCTV footage, photographs of the crime scene and weapons, available to media. This is generally done upon application by journalists to the Court.  Such material will only be made available provided:

  •  There is no objection from the Crown or defence
  •  The material has been seen by a jury
  •  The material does not impact any other case currently before the court and
  •  In the case of an assault or homicide, there is no impact upon the victim or their family.

 

For all media inquiries please contact our media liaison officer.

No. We do not dispense legal advice. Media outlets must check their stories with their in-house counsel.

We can, however, advise you of any non-publication orders, or other orders of the Court that may impact on the way you report a story.

No. The ODPP will never comment about a specific matter, even if it has been resolved.

The Office is able to provide details including dates, times, courts and names of accused (if there are no non-publication orders in place).

Yes. Court proceedings in the District and Supreme Courts are open to the public and the media unless His or Her Honour rules a matter is to be heard in a closed court. The Court is closed only in matters of particular sensitivity, and in matters involving children.