The Children's Court Family Division complex at Broadmeadows commenced operations on Monday, 26 October 2015. The new court has been integrated with the existing Magistrates' Court to provide an expanded and improved court precinct for the local community.
The new court will hear child protection cases from the northern region of metropolitan Melbourne.
The complex includes some innovative features including:
- two courtrooms specifically designed for child protection cases;
- dedicated meeting and interview spaces;
- the Cubby House - a secure, child focused waiting room that includes support for children in emergency care delivered in conjunction with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation;
- large public waiting areas that offer a range of spaces providing a sense of privacy and security; and
- outdoor children's area and a separate quiet outdoor space for adults.
The court will employ child-friendly and less adversarial legal practices including:
Family Drug Treatment Court
The Family Drug Treatment Court, the first of its kind in Australia, was launched in May 2014 and will transfer to Broadmeadows on its opening.
Magistrates will maintain carriage of cases they are allocated for the duration of proceedings from commencement to finalisation.
Koori Hearing Day
The court will pilot a Koori hearing day program that provides a culturally responsive court experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families involved in child protection cases.
Contact details for the new court are available via the "Metropolitan Courts" button in the left hand menu.