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Getting information about your court case

Once a person has been charged, police must provide you with details about how to find the date, time and place of the court hearing.

In most cases, the police should also give you the name of the accused person. You can then contact the court directly to find out when the court case will be heard. The court will ask for the accused person's name when you ask for information about the case.

The court process can take some time and court dates often change. You can follow the progress of a case by contacting the police to obtain court details, or by contacting the court directly.

Tracking the progress of a case

The easiest way to to track a case is via the court's website. You can search for case information on the court's website:

If the case is being heard in the Children’s Court, you should contact the police informant because case information is not published on the Children’s Court website.

You can also telephone the court directly, giving them the name of the accused person:

  • Magistrates' Court Criminal Registry - Call: 03 9628 7826
  • County Court Criminal Registry - Call: 03 8636 6570
  • Supreme Court Principal Registry - Call: 03 9603 9300

Always check the case details the day before

Sometimes, the dates for court hearings can be changed at short notice for different reasons. Make sure you check the case details the day before before the original scheduled court date.

Getting information about the outcome of the court case

The law in Victoria says that police are required to provide victims with information about the outcome of a court case. 

If you are finding it hard to get information from the police officer in charge of your case, you can apply to the courts for information or specific documents, such as a copy of the final decision or a transcript (the written record of what happened) of the hearing.

Magistrate's Court Cases

Access to the court file

All Magistrate's Court cases are recorded and kept for 12 months. You can ask for a copy of the audio recording by going to the Magistrates’ Court website and filling out the form.

The audio recording costs $55 for each day of the court case. 

The Magistrates’ Court does not provide written transcripts of court cases.

Court result or decision

You can apply for an extract of decision of a hearing in the Magistrates' Court. 

You will need to write a letter addressed to the Criminal Registry of the court where the case was heard. 

If you're not sure which court the case was heard in, call the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 03 9628 7777. 

you can find the postal address of each Magistrates' Court location in the 'Contact Us' section of the Magistrates’ Court website. You can also email: help@magistratescourt.vic.gov.au for more information.

County Court Cases

Access to the court file

You can request access to a file before or during a trial by applying in writing to the trial judge (during trial) or criminal list judge (before trial). After a matter has been finalised, applications should be made to the trial judge or the Chief Judge of the County Court. You may need to complete a form to access this information.

For further information, you should contact the County Court Melbourne Criminal Registry on 03 8636 6570.

Court transcript

A transcript is a written record of what happens in court hearings. It shows what was said and who said it. You can get a County Court transcript from the Victorian Government Reporting Service (VGRS). 

You can ask for a transcript by:

  • calling the VGRS on 03 9603 9134
  • sending an e-mail to vgrs.transcriptrequest@courts.vic.gov.au
  • visiting the VGRS in person at
    436 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
    8.45 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

You will need to say why you would like a copy of the transcript. You will also need to:

  • say that the case was heard in the County Court
  • say it that was a criminal matter
  • give the name of the accused person
  • give the date of hearing
  • give the name of the judge.

There are fees for getting a copy of a transcript, starting at $1.30 per page. See the VGRS website (external link) for more information about fees. 

Court result or decision

Some County Court decisions can also be found on the 'County Court website' under 'Judgments'. Certified extracts of finalised criminal cases will be made available upon reasonable written request to:

Criminal Registry
County Court of Victoria
250 William Street
Melbourne 3000

In assessing what is reasonable, the stated purpose and intended use of the information will be taken into account. For general queries, contact the Melbourne Criminal Registry on 03 8636 6570.

Sentencing remarks

Copies of sentencing remarks may be available. For more information, contact the Information and Library Services Manager on 03 8636 6430.

Supreme Court Cases

Access to the court file before or during a trial

The court allows people to look at a court file in person, but this may not be possible in every case. You may have to pay a fee for this service. 

Call the Supreme Court on 03 9603 9300 for more information. 

Court transcripts

A transcript is a written record of what happens in court hearings. It shows what was said and who said it. You can get Supreme Court transcripts from the Victorian Government Reporting Service (VGRS). 

You can ask for a transcript by:

  • calling the VGRS on 03 9603 9134
  • sending an e-mail to vgrs.transcriptrequest@courts.vic.gov.au
  • visiting the VGRS in person at
    436 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
    8.45 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

You will need to say why you would like a copy of the transcript. You will also need to:

  • say that the case was heard in the Supreme Court
  • say it that was a criminal matter
  • give the name of the accused person
  • give the date of hearing
  • give the name of the judge.

There are fees for getting a copy of a transcript, starting at $1.30 per page. See the VGRS website (external link) for more information about fees. 

Court result or decision

All recent judgments and sentences are available from these links on the Supreme Court's website (external link).

If you are trying to get information for an older case, these can be accessed via the Supreme Court Library:
210 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: 03 9603 6282
Fax: 03 9642 0159
Email: sclib@supremecourt.vic.gov.au

Office hours

Monday to Thursday
8:30am-6:00pm
Friday
8:30am-5:00pm