Education

Schools visiting the Magistrates' Court of Victoria

Over 13,000 school students visit the Magistrates' Court of Victoria each year.

School visits commence at 10:30am with court concluding at approximately 4:30pm each day. Lunch adjournment is between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.

Observing students should leave adequate seating for parties to the proceedings and for other members of the public.

In order to manage visitation requests, we ask that schools contact the court they would like to visit directly, emailing the following details:

  • date of the proposed visit
  • time of arrival (not before 10:30am)
  • name of the school
  • year level of students
  • number of students (maximum per group 25)
  • contact name of school staff member
  • contact phone number
  • contact email address.

You will receive an email from the Magistrates' Court you are requesting to visit once you have provided the required information above. 

Behaviour

Visitors are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner at all times. 

Court staff have the right to ask anyone to leave the premises if they are not following expected behaviours.  

When entering and exiting a courtroom, it is customary to:

  • pause briefly at the door and bow your head towards the Coat of Arms located behind the magistrate
  • stand up from your seat when the magistrate enters and exits the courtroom. 

The following are not permitted in the courtroom:

Clothing

School students are encouraged to wear their school uniform on the day of their court visit. 

If students aren’t in school uniform, they must dress appropriately and are discouraged from wearing:  

  • thongs
  • caps 
  • singlets.

Danielle Come To Judgment - a model criminal hearing in the Magistrates' Court

Designed to give VCE students an understanding of the way the Magistrates' Court operates, this entertaining, fully scripted hearing incorporates a comprehensive overview of the Court's criminal jurisdiction, the roles of court officers and hearing procedures. The script is accompanied by student activities, including an observation assignment at the Magistrates' Court, which may be adapted to suit other year levels. This may be downloaded from the Victorian Law Foundation website.

Feedback

MCV welcomes feedback from schools and other student visitors.