If your matter goes to court, there may be more than one hearing and you may need to go to court more than once.
Dates and delays
At any stage during the prosecution process, hearings may be adjourned to another day. This can happen for a range of reasons. The police informant, Office of Public Prosecutions' (OPP) solicitor or Witness Assistance Service (WAS) worker – can tell you when you will be needed at court. They will do their best to let you know if a hearing has been adjourned.
If subpoenaed or summonsed to go to court on a specific date, this is usually the date the matter is due to start and may not be the date you should go to court. You should check when you should go to court with the police informant or OPP solicitor.
As your matter may be adjourned at short notice, it is a good idea to check the details of your case the day before the scheduled court date.
Magistrates’ Court court lists – www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au.
County Court court lists – www.countycourt.vic.gov.au.
Supreme Court court lists – www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au
Transport and parking
Melbourne’s courts and the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) are located in the vicinity of the intersection of Lonsdale St and William St in central Melbourne. See Courts District map.
There are many transport and parking options; however parking is generally expensive and not reimbursed by the OPP.
For locations of regional courts see the Prosecutions in regional areas page of this website.
For locations, maps, transport and parking details for all suburban Magistrates’ Courts visit www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au
You can also contact the Witness Assistance Service (WAS) for information about the court’s location and nearby amenities.
There are no childcare facilities at any of the courts so you will need to organise someone to look after any children in your care while you attend court.
Court sitting times
The County Court and Supreme Court generally hear matters from 9.30 am to 4.15 pm with a lunch break between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm. Occasionally the court may sit outside these hours.
The Magistrates' Court generally hears matters from 9.30 am.
For more information, please download the Now You Are a Witness brochure. This outlines what to expect in court and how you can access additional support.