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The Criminal Division of the Children's Court of Victoria has jurisdiction to hear and determine charges against young people aged between 10 and 17 years at the time of committing the alleged offence.

If a young person has turned 19 by the time their court case is commenced in the Children's Court, the case will be transferred to the Magistrates' Court.

The Criminal Division of the Children’s Court may deal with all charges except:

  • murder
  • attempted murder
  • manslaughter
  • child homicide
  • defensive homicide
  • arson causing death, and
  • culpable driving causing death.

The Criminal Division may also conduct committal proceedings in relation to young people who have been charged with serious criminal offences, including the above, and who wish to, or who must, have their case heard by a judge and jury in the County Court or Supreme Court.