Court Support Scheme

CRC’S Court Support Scheme (CSS) was established in 1982 and operates in local courts across the Sydney metropolitan area, Central Coast and the city of Newcastle. Funded by the Legal Aid NSW, CSS is available for defendants, witnesses, victims of crime, as well as the many friends and families of those attending court.

The Court Support Scheme is made up of over 50 volunteers who give freely of their time to help people navigate the court system. For those facing the stress of their first court appearance, or multiple adjournments or having a family member in custody, being assisted in a friendly manner can make a real difference. CSS volunteers provide information on court protocol, sources of legal assistance, emotional support and referrals to other services. CSS volunteers do not offer legal advice and there is no referral or fee required for its service. Over 43, 000 court attendees were offered assistance in the past financial year.

"A big thank you to the skilled and committed volunteers who give so freely of their time. The dedication of these volunteers to providing support and information makes a real difference to people who are feeling confused, stressed and often overwhelmed when they come to court"

- Legal Aid NSW - 

This volunteering initiative delivers an outstanding commitment to improving access to justice for many, especially to the vulnerable, the socially or economically disadvantaged members of our community.


Courts Serviced


Bankstown, Blacktown, Burwood, Downing Centre, Gosford, Hornsby, Manly, Mount Druitt, Newcastle, Newtown, Parramatta, Penrith, Sutherland, Waverley, Wyong

Cost of service


This is a free service available at courts supported by the scheme

Service Hours


This service is available in local courts on list days only, between the hours of 9am to 11am

More Information

Please contact our Court Support Scheme Coordinator during office hours at CRC on (02) 9288 8700 or use use our contact form contact us for more information about this service

Office Hours


CRC Broadway Office
Mon - Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Legal Advice


This service does NOT provide legal advice. For legal informaion please visit the Legal Aid NSW website or alternatively see the Law Access NSW website