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The Magistrates’ Court is the first level of the Victorian court system. Sitting in 51 locations, it hears most matters that reach court. There is no jury and each matter is heard and determined by a judicial officer.
Judicial officers, such as a magistrates and judicial registrars, can make decisions and directions about the law. They can also impose sentences.
Registrars are essential to the day-to-day operations of the court. They cannot provide legal advice or tell you what to say in court.
There are number of courts and tribunals in Victoria. The Magistrates’ Court is the first level of the Victorian court system.
A court for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have taken responsibility and pleaded guilty to a criminal offence.
A post-sentence program focusing on the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders with a drug and/or alcohol dependency.
A court list for accused persons who have a mental illness and /or a cognitive impairment.
A tribunal that considers disputes about the validity of local government elections.
If you believe your expectations have not been met, you can provide feedback or make a complaint.
Visitors are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner when attending a Magistrates' Court venue.
If you have been the victim of a violent crime that occurred in Victoria, you may be eligible for financial assistance from VOCAT.
The NJC combines a court with a variety of treatment and support services to help reduce crime, improve public safety and increase the community’s access to justice.