The Supreme Court of Victoria
210 William Street, Melbourne (www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au)
The Supreme Court of Victoria, which was established in 1852, is the highest court in Victoria. The Court is headed by the Chief Justice of Victoria, who is the most senior judicial officer in the State. The Supreme Court has two divisions: the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal. The Court handles complicated civil matters and the most serious of criminal cases, such as murder, attempted murder and treason. The Supreme Court also travels on circuit throughout country Victoria during the year – details can be found in the Supreme Court’s website.
The Trial Division of the Supreme Court hears the most serious criminal cases including murder, and complex civil disputes.
Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal is headed by the President of the Court of Appeal. The division hears appeals from other Victorian courts and tribunals and the Trial Division of the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal is made up of the Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal and a number of appeal Justices. Typically, three Judges hear an appeal even though five Judges may sit if the matter is very significant.