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How to make a complaint about a magistrate or judge

The Judicial Commission of Victoria commenced operations on 3 July 2017. The Commission is an independent statutory corporation established under the Judicial Commission of Victoria Act 2016 to investigate complaints about the conduct or capacity of judicial officers or non-judicial VCAT members (Officer). The Commission will provide an accessible and transparent complaint process which will ensure public confidence in the Victorian courts and VCAT is maintained.

The Commission can investigate complaints about the conduct or capacity of magistrates or judges.

Examples of conduct you can complain about includes:

  • rude or inappropriate comments made in court;
  • a long delay in handing down a decision; or
  • failure to give you a fair hearing.

Examples of capacity you can complain about include:

  • health issues which may affect a magistrate's or judge's ability to do their job.

The Commission can't investigate or change a decision made by a magistrate or a judge. If you are unhappy with a decision, you may wish to talk to a lawyer to get independent legal advice about whether you can appeal to another court. 

Complaints can be submitted to the Commission by completing the complaint form on the Commission’s website - www.judicialcommission.vic.gov.au.

Visit the Commission’s website to learn more about the Commission and the complaints process.