Since 2013 the number of children held on remand has increased significantly. On average, 80 per cent of children held in detention are on remand and are not under sentence. It is well known that that the detention of children on remand for extended periods can have detrimental consequences for them and the community.
Accordingly, the Children's Court of Victoria has introduced a Fast Track Remand Court at Melbourne to deal with the criminal charges of children held on remand in a timely manner.
The Fast Track Remand Court commenced operations on 29 May 2017.
For further information, please see Practice Direction 2 of 2017.