Children's Court of Victoria Banner
Home > Criminal FAQs

Criminal FAQs

When is my next court date?

If you need to check your next court date, you can ring the court listed on your "Charge and Summons" or "Undertaking of Bail" document.  Alternatively, you can ring Melbourne Children's Court on (03) 8638 3300.  Registry staff can provide information about cases listed at Melbourne, suburban and country courts.  

How do I get a lawyer?

Legal Aid duty lawyers are available at court for legal advice and representation for eligible parties.  This can be organised on the day of the court hearing or prior to the court date.  To make arrangements prior to the court date you should contact your local office of Victoria Legal Aid.  Free legal information is also available from Victoria Legal Aid over the phone on (03) 9269 0120 or 1800 677 402 (country callers). 

You may wish to choose your own lawyer.  The Law Institute of Victoria has an online Legal Referral Service (see Related Links) that allows you to search for lawyers who specialise in Children's Court work.  (In the "Area of Law" box, look for "Children's Court" under "Family and Relationships").

How do I ask for my case to be adjourned to another date?

You may be able to have your case adjourned to a different date or even transferred to a different court.  However, you must contact the court listed on your "Charge and Summons" or "Undertaking of Bail" document before the date of the hearing to make the request.

How do I ask for my case to be transferred to another venue of the court?

You may be able to have your case heard at a different court.  However, you must contact the court listed on your "Charge and Summons" or "Undertaking of Bail" document before the date of the hearing to make the request.   

Who can be in court when my case is heard?

Anyone. The court is open to the public, but nobody is allowed to publish information about the case which could identify you.

If there is someone you don’t want in the court, talk to your lawyer about it. The magistrate may agree that the person should leave the court but it's the magistrate’s decision.

What will happen if I don't come to court on the day my case is to be heard?

If you don't come to court your matter may be heard in your absence.  If your charge is serious this could result in a "Warrant to Arrest" being issued against you.

If you are unable to make your court date you must contact the court listed on your "Charge and Summons" or "Undertaking of Bail" document before the date of the hearing to make the request.  If you already have a lawyer, you should inform them.  They will fax any information/documentation to the court that would assist in having your matter adjourned to another date.