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

In most cases, the police should 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 get changed or delayed. The prosecution team will do their best to let you know if this happens. Sometimes delays happen at short notice and can even happen on the day of the case.

Follow the progress of the case 

Using the name of the accused person, the easiest way to to track a case is via the court's website:

You can also call 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

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

Getting information about the outcome of the court case

The law in Victoria says that police should provide you with information about the outcome of the 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 written record of what happened at the hearing (called a transcript).

 

 

Magistrate's Court Cases

Access to the court file

All Magistrate's Court cases are recorded and kept for 12 months. You can fill out an application form (External link) (External link) to ask for a copy of the audio recording. The audio recording costs $55 for each day of the court case.

The Magistrates’ Court doesn't provide written transcripts of court cases.

Court result or decision

You can apply for an extract of the result of a Magistrates' Court hearing. You'll need to write a letter addressed to the Criminal Registry of the court where the case was heard. The Magistrates’ Court website  (External link) has address details for each court location.

If you're not sure which court the case was heard in, call the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 03 9628 7777 or email: help@magistratescourt.vic.gov.au (External link) 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:

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 that it 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 90 cents per page. Read more about VGRS fees (External link)

Court result or decision

County Court decisions can be found on the AustLII database (External link). 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:

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 90 cents 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 (External link)

Office hours

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

 

Children's Court

Case information is not published on the Children’s Court website. You should contact the police informant for information about the case.