Appearing via AVL? What you need to know

If you are unable to appear in Court, either as a party or witness, you may file an application to appear by way of Audio-Visual Link (AVL).

AVL means facilities (including closed-circuit television) that enable audio and visual communication between persons at different places.

Technology Device

  • To appear by AVL, you will need to have access to a technology device such as a computer, laptop, or tablet. For overall quality, we recommend that you do not try to appear via your smart phone.
  • Your device will need to have a working and clear camera. Video conferencing requires a camera to be enabled.
  • You will need to connect your device to the Internet. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection or coverage on your device.


  • Be in a quiet and private location to limit interference from background noise.
  • For confidentiality purposes ensure you are alone or are only present with those who have been granted permission by the Court.


  • The same Court etiquette applies as if you were present in the Court room.
  • The usual standards of behaviour, respect, language, and dress will apply.
  • Refrain from speaking over each other as much as practical to accommodate the reduced social cues available, and to assist the Court’s transcribing process
  • Keep your device muted until your matter is called upon by the Court.

For more information on Court etiquette visit the Go to Court website. 


  • If granted permission, you will receive a link from the Court via email. This link will open up the AVL platform.
  • The Magistrate or Judge will be able to see you and you will be able to see them as well as the legal representatives, where appropriate.
  • It is a good idea to dial in about 5 minutes prior to your allocated court time. Once the Court commences sitting, vision of the Court room will become available to you.

If you or someone you know needs advice or representation, contact the team at Hamilton Janke Lawyers- 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 4038 1666.

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James Janke
James Janke

James Janke is founding partner at Hamilton Janke Lawyers, and has more then decade of experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Admitted to both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia

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