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General FAQs

Where is the Children’s Court?

Melbourne Children's Court is located at 477 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (between William and Queen Streets, see map).  For all other court locations see the link under Related Pages.

How do I get to Melbourne Children's Court?

By train: 
The nearest station is Flagstaff.

By tram: 
Trams travelling along William, Elizabeth, Bourke and La Trobe Streets provide easy access.

By car:    
The closest car parks are:

  • Secure Parking
    383 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
    Tel: 9613 0000
  • Secure Parking
    460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
    Tel: 9613 0000
  • Kings Parking
    199 William Street, Melbourne
    Tel: 9490 5533
What time does the court open?

At Melbourne Children's Court the doors are open from 8.30am.  Most other venues of the court are open from 9.00am, however that time may vary at smaller regional venues.

What time do hearings commence?

Standard court sitting hours are from 10.00am until 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.  However, there are some hearings that commence at 9.30am.

Where do I go when I get to the court?

When you arrive at court you need to go to the registry counter and tell the Court Co-ordinator you have arrived.  Registry staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Is Legal Aid available at the court?

There are duty lawyers from Victoria Legal Aid at all Children's Courts in the Melbourne metropolitan area and on mention days at all other Children's Courts in Victoria.  Duty lawyers provide legal advice and representation for eligible parties in Family Division and Criminal Division cases.  

Are interpreters available at court?

Trained interpreters are available and can be requested through the court registry.

To request an interpreter for a case to be heard at the Melbourne Children's Court, please complete the Interpreter Request Form and send to the court via email ( or fax (03 8601 6720).

If you require an interpreter at another venue of the Children's Court or, if you are unable to complete the above form, please contact the registry at the relevant court location.

Is there childcare available at the court?

Childcare is not available at court.  However, at Melbourne Children's Court there is a playroom for children.  Parents or carers must supervise their children while they are in the playroom. 

Are Children's Court hearings open to the public?

Children's Court hearings in the Family Division and the Criminal Division are open to the public unless the presiding Judge/Magistrate orders otherwise.  Any hearing closed to the public will have a copy of the order posted on the courtroom door.