Our laws come from the Commonwealth Government and the Victorian Government.
- decide what these laws mean
- use the laws to resolve disputes between people
- sentence people who break laws.
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.
Disclaimer: The material in this print-out relates to the law as it applies in the state of Victoria. It is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this print-out without getting legal advice about their own particular situations. Victoria Legal Aid disclaims any liability howsoever caused to any person in respect of any action taken in reliance on the contents of the publication.
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Reviewed 20 May 2022