The following is a list of the Courts in which criminal matters are heard. These websites will provide you with detailed information about their operation:
The richly diverse Victorian community presents the Magistrates’ Court with a challenge to find innovative ways to communicate with, inform and educate, the community about the work of the Court. This website is an important aspect of meeting that challenge.
The County Court is an intermediate trial court placing it between the Magistrates’ Court and the Supreme Court in the Victorian hierarchy of courts.
The Supreme Court of Victoria is the superior Court in the State. The Court is divided into two divisions—the Court of Appeal and the Trial Division.
The Children’s Court of Victoria operates under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (PDF 1.5 Mb) as a specialist court with two divisions to deal with matters relating to children and young people.
The Coroners Court of Victoria is committed to serving the people of Victoria by discharging its duty in a sensitive, courteous and professional manner.
The High Court is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. The functions of the High Court are to interpret and apply the law of Australia; to decide cases of special federal significance including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws and to hear appeals, by special leave, from Federal, State and Territory courts.
Here are a number of Government organisations that are involved in prosecuting charges or are responsible for receiving complaints against the Victoria Police.
The OPP is the independent statutory authority responsible for preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions in Victoria on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) is an independent prosecuting service established by the Parliament of Australia to prosecute alleged offences against Commonwealth law, and to deprive offenders of the proceeds and benefits of criminal activity. It aims to provide an effective national criminal prosecution service to the Australian community.
Victoria Police provides a 24 hour police service to the Victorian community.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is a progressive and multi-faceted law enforcement organisation, taking a strong lead in the fight against 21st century crime.
The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is Australia’s national criminal intelligence agency.
The Office of Police Integrity (OPI) is an independent police anti-corruption and oversight organisation.
The Ombudsman promotes excellence in public administration in Victoria and seeks to ensure the highest possible standards of public sector service delivery to all Victorians.
The Department of Justice encompasses police; courts; prisons; emergency services; regulation of gaming, racing, liquor licensing and trade measurement; and victims’ services. The department’s activities also cover the drafting of legislation and the administration of various tribunals and programs to protect citizens’ rights.
Here are some professional organisations that are involved in the field of criminal law:
Victoria Legal Aid helps people with their legal problems. We focus on helping and protecting the rights of
socially and economically disadvantaged Victorians. We can help in areas of criminal law, family law and
some civil law matters.
Law Institute Victoria delivers professional, personal and business advantage through an extensive range of
member services and resources.
The Victorian Bar is Victoria’s professional association for lawyers practising solely as barristers.
We serve both the general public and our barrister members.
The Criminal Bar Association is the peak body for barristers in Victoria practising in the criminal law.
The Association represents criminal barristers who principally prosecute, those who principally defend
and those who have a mixed practice.