On this page you will find information on the Magistrates’ Court which is designed to assist students, teachers and researchers.
School Visits - Visiting the Magistrates' Court of Victoria
About 13,000 school students visit the Magistrates' Court of Victoria each year. We ask that your school group contact the court you would like to visit.
Addresses and contact telephone numbers for all Victorian Magistrates' Courts can be found under 'Contact Us'.
Melbourne Magistrates' Court visits
In order to regulate the number of students visiting the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, we ask that you notify us via email and include the following information:
- Date of proposed visit
- Arrival time (from 10:30am)
- Name of school
- Number of students (maximum per group 25)
- Contact name of teacher
- Teacher/school phone number Contact email
Upon receipt of the above information you will receive a return email about your request to visit the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
Court visits commence at 10:30am and court concludes at approximately 4:30pm daily. Lunch adjournment is between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.
Please note that the following dates are non-sitting dates at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court:
- 17 March 2017
- 21 July 2017
- 29 September 2017
- 13 October 2017
- 24 November 2017
Visiting other Magistrates’ Court Locations
Each court regulates their own court visits. You should directly contact the court you would like to visit. Addresses and contact telephone numbers for all Victorian Magistrates' Courts can be found under 'Contact Us'.
The Court's daily list is available online. You should check the list regularly to find out what matters are listed on the day of your visit.
The Magistrates' Court of Victoria welcomes feedback from schools and other student visitors. You can provide us with feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Magistrates’ Court runs a work experience program more information is available on the work experience page.