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Title Summary
COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 & Amendment Act

Summary of the amendments that specifically apply to the Children’s Court, prepared by former Magistrate Peter Power. Updated 21 October 2020.

CMS Project eDocs Portal FAQs

Electronic document lodgement, known as eDocs, is being implemented at both Children's and Magistrates' Courts across Victoria from November through to January 2021.

Information about Child Protection Hearings during COVID-19

Information on protection application hearings during COVID-19.

Summary of COVID-19 Regulations [S.R. No. 45/2020]

These Regulations are dated 2 June 2020 and commenced on the same day. This two page document, prepared by former Magistrate Power, summarizes the purposes and the provisions of those Regulations which are relevant to the Children's Court of Victoria.

Fact Sheet for Online Hearings

Information on Children's Court of Victoria online hearings.

Fact Sheet COVID-19 Response - Youth Justice Group Conferencing

The following fact sheet gives key information to assist service provision in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fact Sheet - Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) - Youth Justice

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information regarding Youth Justice operations prepared by Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Statement of Priorities for 2019-2021

A document outlining the strategic priorities for the Children's Court of Victoria.

Children's Court Clinic General Guide

Information about the Children's Court Clinic. 

Children's Koori Court

Pamphlet

Client Service Charter

Pamphlet

Family Drug Treatment Court - General Guide

Information about the Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC).

Family Violence Support Services information sheet

Information on the Family Violence Support Services at the Melbourne Children's Court.

Family Violence Support Services postcard

Information prepared by Merri Health about the Family Violence Support Services at the Melbourne Children's Court. 

RESTORE Pilot Program information sheet

Information on the RESTORE Pilot Program at the Melbourne Children's Court.

General Guide to Court

Pamphlet

Judicial Commission of Victoria Information Sheet for Young People

The Judicial Commission of Victoria is an independent body established to investigate complaints about judicial officers and VCAT members.

Judicial Commission of Victoria Brochure

The Judicial Commission of Victoria is an independent body established to investigate complaints about judicial officers and VCAT members.

The Criminal Division

Pamphlet

The Family Division

Pamphlet

What Registry Staff Can and Cannot Do For You

Pamphlet

Sentencing Advisory Council - How the Children’s Court could sentence you

Link to the Sentencing Advisory Council's brochure: How the Children’s Court Could Sentence You

https://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/publications/how-children-court-could-sentence-you

Sentencing Advisory Council - Sentencing in the Children's Court

Link to the Sentencing Advisory Council's brochure: Sentencing in the Children’s Court

https://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/publications/sentencing-childrens-court

Sentencing Advisory Council - How courts sentence adult offenders

Link to the Sentencing Advisory Council's brochure: How courts sentence adult offenders

https://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/publications/how-courts-sentence-adult-offenders

Victoria Legal Aid Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines

The guidelines were launched on 25 March 2019 and define the extent of the child protection duty lawyer service.

Victoria Legal Aid Representing children in child protection proceedings

A guide for lawyers on how to ensure meaningful participation of children in child protection proceedings.

Youth Justice Group Conferencing - general flyer

Information on Youth Justice Group Conferencing.

Youth Justice Group Conferencing Fact Sheet - information for young people

Information for young people on Youth Justice Group Conferencing.

Youth Justice Group Conferencing Fact Sheet - information for legal representatives

Information for legal representatives on Youth Justice Group Conferencing.

Youth Justice Group Conferencing Fact Sheet - information for support people

Information for support people on Youth Justice Group Conferencing.

Youth Justice Group Conferencing Fact Sheet - information for police

Information for police on Youth Justice Group Conferencing.

Record of Adjournment Form

Form for DHHS to complete where an application is adjourned for further mention.

Practice Direction 14 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces further measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of child protection proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court). This Practice Direction is to be read in conjunction with Practice Direction No. 15 of 2020. This Practice Direction applies at Melbourne Children’s Court with effect from 23 November 2020 and at all other venues of the Children’s Court from 7 December 2020.

Practice Direction 15 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces further measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of child protection proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court). This Practice Direction is to be read in conjunction with Practice Direction No. 14 of 2020 – Readiness Hearings. This Practice Direction applies at Melbourne Children’s Court with effect from 23 November 2020 and at all other venues of the Children’s Court from 7 December 2020.