Jurisdictions and the College

All courts, including VCAT, and the Judicial College, are established by specific legislation, which provides for the composition and scope of their organisation. Each court is comprised of its judicial members, has its own internal governance mechanisms, and is responsible for establishing how the judicial business of the court is managed in accordance with law. 

Supreme Court of Victoria

The Supreme Court of Victoria is the highest court in the State. While the court has existed since 1852, it was established in its present form under section 75 or the Constitution Act 1975 (VIC). The courts governance structures are provided for in the Supreme Court Act 1986 (VIC). It is comprised of the Trial Division and Court of Appeal. 

Head of Jurisdiction: Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC
Chief Executive Officer: Louise Anderson
Website: www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au

County Court of Victoria

The County Court of Victoria is the principal trial court of Victoria, and can hear all indictable offences except for treason, and murder and related offences. The court is established by the County Court Act 1958 (VIC).

Head of Jurisdiction: Chief Judge Peter Kidd
Chief Executive Officer: Fiona Chamberlain
Website: www.countycourt.vic.gov.au

Magistrates' Court of Victoria

The Magistrates' Court of Victoria is the busiest court in the State, sitting in more than 50 locations and dealing over 250,000 criminal, civil and family violence cases each year. Although the current Magistrates' Court was established by the Magistrates' Court Act 1989 (VIC), Victoria has had magistrates since 1836.

Head of Jurisdiction: Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen
Chief Executive Officer: Andrew Tenni
Website: www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) was established by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998 (VIC), and began operation on 1 July 1998. VCAT is an amalgamation of 15 boards and tribunals and offers a 'one-stop-shop' for dealing with a range of disputes. VCAT comprises four divisions: administrative, civil, human rights and residential tenancies.

Head of Jurisdiction: Justice Greg Garde AO RFD, President of VCAT
Chief Executive Officer: Keryn Negri
Website: www.vcat.vic.gov.au

Coroners Court of Victoria

The Coroners Court of Victoria was established on 1 November 2009 when new legislation, the Coroners Act 2008 (VIC), came into effect. The court was established as a specialist inquisitorial court, and is responsible for the independent investigation of deaths and fires for the purpose of finding their causes; contributing to the reduction of preventable deaths and fires; and the promotion of public health and safety and the administration of justice.

Head of Jurisdiction: Judge Sara Hinchey, State Coroner
Chief Executive Officer: Samantha Hague
Website: www.coronerscourt.vic.gov.au

Children's Court of Victoria

The Children's Court of Victoria is a specialist court with a Family Division and Criminal Division. The court deals with matters relating to children and young people. A Children's Court has existed in Victoria since 1906, however the present court was established by the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (VIC).

Head of Jurisdiction: Judge Amanda Chambers, President of the Children's Court
Chief Executive Officer: Simon McDonald
Website: www.childrenscourt.vic.gov.au

Judicial College of Victoria

The Judicial College of Victoria (JCV) provides education for judges, magistrates and VCAT members by delivering a continuing professional development scheme and a range of online publications and bench books. JCV was established by the Judicial College of Victoria Act 2001 (VIC) and has its own governing Board.
 
Chief Executive Officer: Samantha Burchell
Website: www.judicialcollege.vic.edu.au

This page was last updated: Thursday 13 April 2017 - 1:36pm