Going to the Magistrates’ Court video

This video provides practical information for victims and witnesses who are going to the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Going to the County Court video

This video provides practical information for victims and witnesses who are going to the Melbourne County Court.

Going to the Supreme Court video

This video provides practical information for victims and witnesses who are going to the Melbourne Supreme Court.

Dates and delays

At any stage during the prosecution process, hearings may be adjourned to another day. This can happen for a range of reasons. The police informant, Office of Public Prosecutions' (OPP) solicitor or Witness Assistance Service (WAS) worker can tell you when you will be needed at court. They will do their best to let you know if a hearing has been adjourned.

If subpoenaed or summonsed to go to court on a specific date, this is usually the date the matter is due to start and may not be the date you should go to court. You should check when you should go to court with the police informant or OPP solicitor.

As your matter may be adjourned at short notice, it is a good idea to check the details of your case the day before the scheduled court date.

Transport and parking

Melbourne’s courts and the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) are located in the vicinity of the intersection of Lonsdale St and William St in central Melbourne.

There are many transport and parking options; however parking is generally expensive and not reimbursed by the OPP.

For locations of regional courts see the Prosecutions in Regional Areas page of this website.

For locations, maps, transport and parking details for all suburban Magistrates’ Courts visit www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au.

You can also contact the Witness Assistance Service (WAS) for information about the court’s location and nearby amenities.

Childcare

There are no childcare facilities at any of the courts so you will need to organise someone to look after any children in your care while you attend court.

Court Sitting Times

The County Court and Supreme Court generally hear matters from 9.30am to 4.15pm with a lunch break between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Occasionally the court may sit outside these hours.

The Magistrates' Court generally hears matters from 9.30am.

More information

For more information, please download the Now You Are a Witness brochure. This outlines what to expect in court and how you can access additional support.

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