magistrate

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...

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...

Justice Scale

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...