Courts and the legal system

Courts and the legal system

Our laws come from the Commonwealth Government and the Victorian Government.

The courts:

  • decide what these laws mean
  • use the laws to resolve disputes between people
  • sentence people who break laws.

The courts in Victoria are the:

The Commonwealth courts are the:

As well as the courts, there are tribunals. Tribunals are less formal than courts and are usually a quicker and cheaper way of resolving disputes. Often people involved in a case at a tribunal will be able to represent themselves.

More information

How laws are made

Victoria's courts and tribunals

Commonwealth courts and tribunals

Dispute resolution

Going to court

Legal words

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