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Legal practitioners may apply for access to the Law Courts Library's collection on a "user pays" basis, in accordance with the Library Rules [PDF, 20 KB]. Please note that access for legal practitioners does not include borrowing rights.

To visit the library to use its resources, you will need to complete an application for an Access Card. The Access Card enables you to enter the secure floor which houses the Law Courts Library, and to browse/copy items from the collection.

Access is available for one day, one month, or on a financial year basis.

If you lose your card, please make a written request for a replacement. There is a $81.90 fee to replace a lost card.


Access Fees for Legal Practitioners 2019/20

Payment can be made by electronic funds transfer or credit card.  A surcharge of 0.4% is applied to credit card transactions.

Type of Access

Access period

Access Card application form 


Individual practitioner1 day

Application form 
[Word, 26 KB]

1 month

Application form
[Word, 27 KB]


Financial year

Application form
[Word, 26 KB]





The Law Courts Library primarily serves judicial officers of NSW courts. Legal practitioners may browse the collection and photocopy relevant materials after being granted access, however borrowing rights are not included.


Document supply service

Please note that the document supply service is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


From 1 July 2021, the Library offers the following document supply service for unreported judgments:





The fee for supplying a judgment is set out in the Civil Procedure Regulation 2017 (NSW) Sch 1, Pt 5, item 6.


To request an unreported judgment, please send an email with the following information:                

  • contact details
  • Judgment details: party names, court, judge (for single judge decisions), date

Payment must be made in advance. When a request is made, Library staff will confirm that the item can be supplied and then issue an invoice.