Going to court is a legal process, so it’s a good idea to get legal advice before you go.
Victoria Legal Aid provides free legal advice for eligible people. Phone 1300 792 387
Before going to court you should also:
The address and contact details of Victoria’s courts are listed on the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria website.
Plan to keep the whole day free. Your case may not be heard straight away, so you may have to wait a few hours before your case is heard.
There is no childcare at the Magistrates’ Court, so if you have children try to make arrangements for someone to look after them. If you are attending court by phone or video conference, please ensure that there are no children in the room with you when you are in court and/or speaking to a duty lawyer.
Plan how you are getting to court. Parking near courts can be expensive. It might be better to use public transport or get someone to drop you off.
Try to arrive at least 30 minutes before your court time.
To keep the court safe, everyone goes through a security screening. This is to stop dangerous items being brought into court.
Straight after the security screening, go to the court counter – called the registry – and tell the staff at the registry you have arrived.
The registry staff can provide you with information including:
If you feel unsafe at court speak to a security guard or the registry.
Things to bring with you to court:
Once inside the courtroom, do not:
Please ensure that your mobile phone is on silent or switched off. If your phone is on silent, please make sure that it will not vibrate.
It will depend which court you are in. There may be a duty lawyer at court, and an interpreter (if you have notified the court that you need one).
A support worker (Family Violence Applicant Practitioner) is also at court who can give you non-legal support.
You may wish to bring a friend or family member with you for support.
Yes. Call the court in advance if you need an interpreter to assist you with your application for an intervention order.
You should also tell the court registry staff that you would like an interpreter for your court hearing.