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Supreme Court of Victoria

The Supreme Court of Victoria is the highest court in the state. Established under s. 75 of the Constitution Act 1975, it comprises of the Trial Division and Court of Appeal.

The Trial Division
The Trial Division hears among the most serious criminal and civil cases in Victoria, including:

  • Cases of treason, murder, attempted murder and other major criminal matters
  • Civil cases unlimited in the amount of money that may be claimed
  • Civil cases involving complex legal issues
  • Some appeals from the Magistrates’ Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) judicial review
  • Procedural matters including applications for bail, probate business (dealing with the wills of deceased persons) and urgent applications for injunctions
  • Corporations matters

Criminal matters are heard before a judge and a jury of 12. The jury delivers its verdict based on the evidence presented in court and the judge imposes the penalty for those found guilty.

Many Supreme Court civil cases are decided by a judge alone. In the instance that a jury is empanelled for a civil trial, a majority verdict of five of the six jurors is accepted. If cases where a claim is established, the judge decides on the remedy.

The Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal hears criminal and civil appeals from trials heard by judges of the Supreme Court and County Court. It also hears some appeals from proceedings that have come before VCAT and other tribunals.

Appeals in the Court of Appeal are usually heard by three judges, although five judges preside over appeals on some occasions.

Locations
Most Supreme Court cases are heard in Melbourne. The Court also sits in other Victorian locations to hear matters in the region of origin, where possible.

Court of Appeal
459 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Trial Division
210 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Contact:
Supreme Court of Victoria
210 William Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Phone: (03) 9603 6111
www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au