New Judicial Commission of Victoria

New Judicial Commission of Victoria

Monday, 3 July 2017

On 3 July 2017, the Judicial Commission of Victoria commences operating. The commission is an independent statutory corporation established to investigate complaints about judicial officers and non-judicial VCAT members.

As a dedicated complaint handling body, the establishment of the commission will increase consistency and transparency in the way complaints are dealt with.

The commission can investigate complaints about the conduct or capacity of officers. For example:

  • excessive delay in handing down a judgment
  • inappropriate remarks made in the courtroom
  • health issues which may affect the officer’s ability to perform their official functions.

Any member of the public or the legal profession can make a complaint to the commission. The Law Institute of Victoria and the Bar Association can refer complaints on behalf of their members without disclosing the identity of the complainant.

The board of the commission is comprised of the six heads of jurisdictions and four members nominated by the Attorney-General who are of high standing in the community.

More information

Read more information about the complaint process at the Judicial Commission website.