The full range of current Victorian legislation and parliamentary documents is available via the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

The following is a selection of the main Acts and Charters that relate to the public prosecutions service.

Bail Act 1977

The Bail Act 1977 details the laws relating to the granting and refusal of bail and the setting of conditions for bail orders.

Confiscation Act 1997

The Confiscation Act 1997 provides the framework for the forfeiture of proceeds of crime and the disposal of certain illegal goods.

Crimes Act 1958

The Crimes Act 1958 details the majority of offences for which people can be prosecuted, procedures that need to be followed, and penalties.

Specific types of offences may be detailed in other legislation. For example, the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 relates to drug offences. The Firearms Act 1996 covers many firearm offences.

Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried)
Act 1997

The Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 provides for the detention, management and release of persons found by a court to be either unfit to stand trial or not guilty of an offence on the grounds of mental impairment.

Criminal Procedure Act 2009

The Criminal Procedure Act 2009 outlines procedures relating to criminal matters in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Supreme Court.

Evidence Act 2008

The Evidence Act 2008 introduced uniform evidence laws into Victoria, and outlines the procedures relating to evidence within the Victorian court system.

Freedom of Information Act 1982

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives members of the public rights of access to official documents of the Commonwealth Government and of its agencies.

Public Prosecutions Act 1994

The Public Prosecutions Act 1994 sets out the functions and powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecutors, Associate Crown Prosecutors, the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions and the Office of Public Prosecutions. It also establishes a Director’s Committee.

Sentencing Act 1991

The Sentencing Act 1991 sets out most of the sentencing guidelines and processes relating to adults in Victoria. The law relating to the sentencing of young people is contained in the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.

Charters

Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 protects and promotes human rights. It imposes an obligation on all public authorities to act in a way that is compatible with human rights, including in criminal proceedings.

Victims’ Charter Act 2006

The Victims’ Charter Act 2006 sets out a number of principles that govern how participants in the criminal justice system and victim support agencies should respond to victims of crime.