Interim Night Court services starting soon

Interim Night Court services starting soon

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Night Court Staff
Some of the staff from the new interim Night Court team.

The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has been hearing remand matters at night since late January 2017. Following an announcement of funding by the Victorian Government in January 2018, we have been preparing to provide an interim duty lawyer service at night court from 30 April. Police prosecutors, Community Corrections and Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) have been funded to participate and will also commence night court services on 30 April 2018. This arrangement will be in place until the Bail and Remand Court (BaRC) is implemented in accordance with the recommendations of the Coghlan review.

From 30 April, one senior lawyer and two lawyers will be on duty every evening that night court sits (including weekends) to provide legal services to people brought before night court. The operating model proposed by the court has night court starting at 4 pm and sitting through until 9 pm, with a dinner break from 6.30–7.30 pm. This is subject to review and change.

As night court transitions to the permanent BaRC, we intend to move towards a model that involves practice partners (private solicitors and barristers) in providing duty lawyer services and appearances on grants of aid. Arrangements for the transition to BaRC are continuing to be developed. We will share information with you when it becomes available.

More information​

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