Civil and Money Matters
This page provides information relating to the Civil Jurisdiction of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. The Civil Jurisdiction of the Magistrates' Court hears disputes arising from debts, claims for damages, other monetary disputes or equitable relief. (See Section 100 Magistrates' Court Act 1989, link available from the right hand menu). The Magistrates' Court can determine most disputes over money or property up to the value of $100 000, however in certain circumstances the Court can hear cases with an unlimited value.
Cases in the Civil Jurisdiction fall into three broad categories: General, Workcover and Industrial.
General Civil Jurisdiction
The General Civil Jurisdiction covers matters relating to claims for debts, damages for breach of contract, damage to property or for injury (e.g. motor car collisions) and limited neighbourhood matters, e.g. fencing disputes. It also deals with applications for entry permits and civil action for alleged discrimination under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
The Industrial Jurisdiction hears claims by employees, employers or the Fair Work Ombudsman under the Fair Work Act (Cth). It also deals with matters under the Long Service Leave Act 1992 and Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.
The Workcover Jurisdiction deals with claims for compensation for workplace injuries either under the Workers Compensation Act 1958 or the Accident Compensation Act 1985.