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The criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Court hears and determines all summary offences, some indictable offences and conducts committal hearings.
A judicial officer will take several considerations into account before deciding on a sentence.
You, or your lawyer, have the right to appeal against a conviction and / or sentence ordered in the Magistrates’ Court.
The release from custody of a person charged with an offence, on that person's undertaking that they will appear in court to answer the charge.
A plea is a formal statement by or on behalf of an accused person, stating their guilt or innocence in response to a charge.
The Magistrates' Court of Victoria publishes select criminal judgments on the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) website.
Click here to see a list of criminal fees charged in the Magistrates' Court.
A way for low-level offenders to avoid a criminal record by undertaking conditions that benefit the victim, the community and themselves.