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Demystifying the Children’s Court of Victoria

Demystifying the Children’s Court of Victoria Tips for Young People and Parents The courtroom is an intimidating place, especially for children who have been charged with criminal offences. Fortunately, the Children’s Court of Victoria is a specialist judicial body tailored...

Incident That May Validate the Criminal Defence of Self Defence

Defence Series – Self Defence

Defence Series – Self Defence Fights and conflict are often complicated. There may be an argument where both sides get physical with one another. While one person may be left with more serious injuries, this does not necessarily mean that...

Final Family Violence Intervention Orders – What Does It Mean to Consent Without Admissions?

Final Family Violence Intervention Orders – What Does It Mean to Consent Without Admissions? Our clients are often hesitant to consent to final family violence intervention orders. In certain situations this hesitation is warranted, where it is based upon completely...

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence Respondents – A Specialist Court Intervention

Mandatory Counselling for Family Violence Respondents – A Specialist Court Intervention In a specialist family violence court, even where you agree to final order without admissions, the Magistrate must make an order requiring a counselling assessment. This is an issue...

Sentencing Indication

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used?

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used? A person accused of a criminal offence heard in the Magistrates’ Court can apply for a ‘sentence indication’ under the Criminal Procedure Act. A sentence...

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons Pregnant women and mothers of infant children who are being sentenced for criminal offences pose a particularly challenging and emotive set of factual circumstances. There are any number of reasons why women may be sentenced for...

Melbourne Magistrates' Court

What is a Contest Mention?

What is a Contest Mention? You may have heard your lawyer refer to your matter ‘proceeding to contest mention hearing’. A ‘summary contest’ is what we call a ‘trial’ in the Magistrates’ Court. The summary contest is heard by a...

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Committal Mention Hearings

Committal Mention Hearings A committal mention hearing is one of the first hearings you will need to attend if you have been charged with an indictable offence and there is a potential for your case to go to a jury...