Criminal law resources

Criminal law resources

Latest update

New fees for criminal matters affected by COVID-19

We have introduced additional fees for new procedures implemented by the courts as part of their COVID-19 response. Read about Criminal law fees due to COVID-19  

Read Magistrates’ Court of Victoria Practice Direction 17 of 2020 and our fees to find out when VLA will pay a special mention fee for summary matters are hearings. 

Read about other changes to our services due to COVID-19.

 Court of Appeal merits advice

Criminal trial quality tools and checklists

A working group, including lawyers from private practice and community legal centres, has collaborated to develop these tools as part of the delivering high quality criminal trials consultation:

Indictable checklists for non-sexual offences

Indictable checklists for sexual offences

Other checklist

Practice updates and materials

Our lawyers have documented a number of checklists, practical tips and handy hints, which may be useful references for other lawyers.

Case note

Offence snapshots for duty lawy​ers

Offence snapshots for duty lawyers, providing an overview of individual offences, including the elements that need to be proved, relevant legislation, case law and sentencing statistics:

Children's Court Criminal Division

For checklists and fact sheets relating to the Children's Court Criminal Division, see Youth Crime.

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