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Courts and tribunals
Victoria's courts and tribunals interpret the law, decide who is right or wrong in a dispute and sentence or impose penalties on those who have broken the law.
The three main courts operating in Victoria are the Supreme Court, the County Court, and Magistrates' Court. There are also a number of specialised courts, including the Children's Court, the Coroners Court and the Koori Court.
Tribunals are usually less formal than courts and resolve a broad range of disputes, such as arguments between consumers and businesses or between landlords and tenants as well as claims such as immigration or social security disputes.
Tribunals that operate in Victoria include Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT).
Visit the individual court and tribunal websites listed for specific information about each one.
The superior court in Victoria is divided into two divisions: the Court of Appeal and the Trial Division
Intermediate trial court with civil and criminal jurisdictions
Deals with civil and criminal cases, sits at 52 locations and is the busiest court in Victoria
Deals with matters relating to children and young people and is comprised of a specialist court with two divisions
Investigates certain categories of death called 'reportable deaths'
A division of the Magistrates’ Court, the County Court and the Children's Court of Victoria
Provides financial assistance to the victims of any violent crimes committed in Victoria
Hears and determines civil, administrative and human rights disputes
Provides advice to the Attorney-General on matters of importance to the coronial system in Victoria
These tribunals consider disputes arising from local government elections and are always governed by a magistrate
Provides education and publications for the Victorian judiciary
Informs, educates and advises the government and the community on sentencing issues
Find contact and sitting details for Victorian courts, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and court-related agencies
Find out what happens when you need to attend court as a party to a case, as a witness or to support family or friends
Find out about the roles of the many people involved in the court system
Get free and confidential advice about resolving disputes such as neighbourhood disagreements without going to court
The Sentencing Advisory Council provides information about the sentences and penalties that can be imposed by courts
Get advice about keeping safe, your rights and entitlements, and where to get help if you're a victim of crime