Understanding the Courts

Links to the different courts operating in Victoria.

Australia has a system of both federal and state courts (sometimes referred to as ‘the judiciary’). The following courts operate in Victoria.


In addition to these courts, there are also several tribunals operating in Victoria.

Information about all Victorian courts and tribunals is shown here and an overview of the Victorian system of justice is available here.


Full details of the system of federal and state courts and their different responsibilities are available here.

The function of a barrister in a court hearing is described here. There are many other people (‘parties’) involved in any court hearing and an explanation of the role of each person is available via the Court Services Victoria website here.