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.

Precedent letters to experts – mental functioning reports 

We have worked with expert psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and psychologists to develop several precedent letters that you can use when requesting forensic reports for plea hearings and mental impairment and fitness assessments. The letters set out relevant issues the expert should address in their report and direct them to the applicable court practice notes. Download the letters:

Visit Psychological and psychiatric reports for sentencing hearings to read more about the requirements expert witness practice note and view a video of panel discussion of them.


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