About the Law
The law and the justice system can be very complex. The process and language can be confusing, particularly when you are dealing with the stress of facing legal action.
It is critical that you get legal advice and representation as soon as possible if you are suspected or accused of a crime.
We will keep you informed of what is happening at every stage of your case. We will explain the process and ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities.
The following information gives an overview of Victoria’s criminal justice system, defines some terms that you are likely to hear, and provides advice on when to contact a lawyer.
Criminal Law Overview
Criminal law involves the state prosecuting a person for an act that is classified as a crime.
The state prosecutes through individual police in the Magistrates’ Court or through the Office of Public Prosecutions in the County or Supreme Courts.
This section outlines the processes and steps involved in criminal legal action. For detailed information about your case, speak to your lawyer.
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The Magistrates' Court
The County Court
The Supreme Court