How laws are made and regulated, and which legislative issues the department is currently addressing
Victorians may come into contact with the justice system as a volunteer, a witness, to attend court, to support family and friends, or to participate in shaping legislation.
The Victorian justice system includes policymaking and law reform, policing, courts and tribunals, dispute resolution, penalties and fines, prisons, corrections and parole, legal assistance and victim support.
The department and its business units and agencies deliver services across all areas of the justice system in Victoria. The department focuses on access to justice and fair outcomes, the protection of rights and the rule of law.
Interpreting the law, resolving disputes and imposing penalties on those who have broken the law
Advice and mediation services as alternatives to court in resolving disputes
Systems and processes for infringements (fines), penalties and values, fine enforcement and asset confiscation
The correctional process, from community corrections to prison, parole and release
Information, advice and support for victims of violent crime
Find a lawyer or organisation to assist you with legal matters
Sheriff’s officers take action against people who do not comply with their debt-related court orders
Preventing, investigating and solving crime
Youth justice supervises and provides programs for young people in the criminal justice system.