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I have a case in regional Victoria

Courts in regional Victoria will start to hear most matters online from 19 October 2020.

If you received a letter titled INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR MAGISTRATES’ COURT INFRINGEMENT RELATED CASE click here.

Courts in regional Victoria will start to hear most matters online from 19 October 2020.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions, unless directed by the court your matter will be heard online without you attending a court building.

You may have received a letter in the mail earlier this year with your next court date.

You SHOULD NOT attend court on the date listed in that letter. 

The information contained on this page updates the advice in that letter. You must, however, contact the court after reading the below information.

The Magistrates’ Court uses the Webex platform for online hearings. To appear, you need a valid email address and access to the internet. The court will provide you with a link via email and you do not need to download an app. You can appear using a computer, laptop, tablet or even a mobile phone.
Refer to the Webex user guide for more information.

If you are not sure of your hearing date, you can find that it by going to the case search page. Write down your case number/s.

Refer to the frequently asked questions for further information about your matter. 

If you have a lawyer, please contact your lawyer who will explain what will happen on your court date.

If you do not have a lawyer you are required to take immediate action. 

Choose the sort of matter you have before the court and click on the line below that best describes your situation and how you want your matter to proceed.

I have a criminal matter, a local council matter or a traffic camera office matter

I have a lawyer

You must contact your lawyer immediately to discuss how your matter will proceed.

If you do not have a lawyer, you are required to take immediate action. Choose one of the options below.

I don’t have a lawyer and I need help preparing for court

It is a good idea to get legal assistance as soon as you can to help you prepare.

You might be eligible for free legal representation, free legal advice or written information to help you prepare your case. This will depend on your financial situation and the type of case you have. You can contact Victoria Legal Aid to obtain free legal assistance by:

You may also visit the following websites to obtain legal advice, however they will not be free:

Visit the legal help page for more information.

I plan to represent myself and plead guilty

You should seek legal advice before deciding to plead guilty. It is a good idea to get legal help.

You need to contact the court by completing and submitting the below form as soon as possible but no later than three days prior to the hearing date to advise of your intention to plead guilty.

The court will then contact you confirming the date and time for the matter to be heard in the Online Magistrates’ Court

CLICK HERE to access the form.

I plan to represent myself and plead not guilty

Before deciding to plead not guilty, it is a good idea to get legal help.

If you decide to plead not guilty, let the informant or know. You can find their contact details on the charge sheet or letter they sent you.  

 If you decide to plead not guilty, please complete the form below at least three days before your hearing

We will let you know what day and time your online hearing will be held.

CLICK HERE to access the form.

I want to appear in person 

Due to social distancing requirements, MCV is hearing matters online. If you believe you need to attend the court building to have your matter heard, you should contact the court where the matter is listed to explain why you need to appear in person. 

You are not to attend a court location without prior permission from the court.

 

I have a civil matter

I have a civil matter

You must contact your lawyer immediately to discuss how your matter will proceed.

 

I have a family violence or personal safety matter

I have a family violence or personal safety matter

If you have a court date that is on or after 19 October 2020, you need to contact the court about your matter at least three business days before your court hearing. You can do this by completing the notice of address form. If you are unable to complete the form you can email or call your local court.

The court will use the information you provide to determine how your matter will proceed. The court will be hearing most matters via the Online Magistrates’ Court.

If you do not contact the court, the court may finalise the matter in your absence.

Click here for further information about your type of matter. 

Contact the court by completing a notice of address form. 

CLICK HERE for the form in relation to a  (FVIO) matter.

CLICK HERE for the form in relation to a (PSIO) matter.

Last updated on 27 Oct 2020
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