Worimi Children's Court was a specialist children's court that serves the Newcastle region. It is thought to have been established in 1966. In 2006 it was replaced by a new court at Broadmeadow, Children's Court of NSW at Broadmeadow.
In many instances, especially in the case of smaller Courts, the depositions of proceedings in Children's Courts are interfiled with the adult depositions. There are, however, several designated Children's Courts in New South Wales: Bidura Children's Court at Glebe (in Sydney's inner west); Cobham Children's Court at Werrington (in Sydney's far west); Worimi Children's Court at Broadmeadow (Newcastle); Minda Children's Court at Lidcombe (in Sydney's west); Campsie Children's Court at Campsie (in Sydney's south west); and Yasmar Children's Court at Haberfield (in Sydney's inner west).
Court records are held by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. In 2014 there were no records listed in the Concise Guide to the State Archives relating to this organisation. Since the Guide was last updated it is possible that additional records have been deposited with the State Records Authority of New South Wales. In addition, records are still held by the Courts themselves. As all requests for information must be directed through the Clerk of the relevant Court, current information about holdings will be available from the Court.
Sources used to compile this entry: Callander, Nicola, Children's Court (May/June 2006), Newcastle Law Society, 2006; Child Welfare Department, Annual Report: Child Welfare Department of New South Wales, New South Wales government, 1923-1970. Also available at https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/main; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf; "Worimi" - opened on 30th June, 1966 at Newcastle [Image], Date: c. 1966; "Worimi" - rooms for inmates. There are boy boys and girls at "Worimi" [original caption] [Image], Date: c. 1966.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing and Naomi Parry
Created: 27 April 2011, Last modified: 28 January 2015