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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.
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.
The Electronic Filing Appearance System (EFAS) allows you to search for court listings. Searches are possible by name, court and date.
The Magistrates' Court of Victoria publishes select criminal judgments on the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) website.