What are the statutory duties of the Victorian County Court?

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The Victorian County Court is located in the legal precinct of Melbourne's central business district at 250 William st in Melbourne, which is opposite the Supreme Court and the Melbourne Magistrates Court. It currently sits second in the Victorian court heirarchy.

The County Court is the State's busiest court, handling most criminal trials and a very major workload of civil cases, it has 46 courtrooms, a jury pool area which can seat up to 400 potential jurors.

On May 31 2002, the Victorian Government formally opened the new County Court, which can be seen today, and later that day it was marked with a ceremonial sitting of all judges of the court.

The County Court uses state-of-the art technology in courtrooms including audio visual and video conferencing facilities to enhance the management and efficient conduct of cases.

The County Court provides a unique opportunity where courtrooms can be used for a range of appropriate uses, such as arbitrations, mediations, court, boards, commissions, seminars and lectures.

The County Court Act 1958 also incorporates amendments as at 28 April 2006 (The County Court Act 1958)

History Of The County Court

The Victorian County Court was formed in 1852. It was modelled on the British County Courts which had been established in 1846. The courts principal goal was to handle small civil claims, and eventually this role evolved into both civil and criminal jurisdiction in 1968. Since that time, the courts power has risen and its jurisdiction has widened, proportionate to the claims it addresses.

Jurisdictions Of The County Court


Unlike a criminal case where there are defendants and prosecutors, in civil cases the prosecutor is known as the plaintiff. The civil jurisdiction of the County Court covers all claims for personal injuries, irrespective of the amount claimed.

Other personal actions...