The Magistrates' Court has jurisdiction to hear and determine matters related to state laws and some federal matters. The Family Law Act 1975 gives the Magistrates' Courts certain powers to deal with family law matters.
The Magistrates' Court of Victoria has the power to hear a similar range of matters related to children, property and intervention orders as the Federal Magistrates' Court however its powers are limited by the legislation and developed court procedures.
If matters heard before the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria are defended, they must be transferred to the Family Court of Australia.
The Magistrates' Court does not deal with divorce proceedings.