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Justice system

A court room session with judge, lawyers and jurors

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.

 

Victorian Parliament House

Laws and regulation

How laws are made and regulated, and which legislative issues the department is currently addressing

Courtroom

Courts and tribunals

Interpreting the law, resolving disputes and imposing penalties on those who have broken the law

Conflict, mediation, resolution

Dispute resolution (External link)

Advice and mediation services as alternatives to court in resolving disputes

A sheriff's officer issuing a penalty

Fines and penalties

Systems and processes for infringements (fines), penalties and values, fine enforcement and asset confiscation

A Corrections officer locking up a prison door

Corrections, prisons and parole (External link)

The correctional process, from community corrections to prison, parole and release

Staff answering a call for the help line

Victims of crime (External link)

Information, advice and support for victims of violent crime

Person studying in a law library

Legal assistance

Find a lawyer or organisation to assist you with legal matters

Two sheriff's officers wearing high visibility vests

Sheriffs in Victoria

Sheriff’s officers take action against people who do not comply with their debt-related court orders

Victoria Police

Policing (External link)

Preventing, investigating and solving crime

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags

The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.