The County Court of Victoria250 William Street, Melbourne (www.countycourt.vic.gov.au)
The County Court of Victoria is headed by the Chief Judge. It is positioned in the middle of the court hierarchy; on top of the Magistrates’ Court and under the Supreme Court. The County Court hears criminal cases, criminal appeal cases and civil matters. The County Court hears more severe criminal cases than the Magistrates’ Court, which include drug related cases, dangerous driving, robbery and sex offences. A Judge and jury or a Judge alone may hear civil and criminal cases in the County Court.
The County Court was established in 1958. Earlier, regional courts executed the function of the County Court. The County Court is situated in central Melbourne; currently, it also sits at 13 locations across Victoria. Details can be found from the County Court’s website.