Accessing Court Documents

  • what Court documents are available, 
  • what information you need to provide and 
  • how to submit your application. 

Published Reasons for Judgment and Sentence

Sentences remarks of significance and of a public interest may be published on the internet at the discretion of the trial judge. They may otherwise be available subject to any suppression order or the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958. Where remarks are available, the Court may at its discretion remove personal data or identifying information.

Contact the County Court at information.services@countycourt.vic.gov.au providing a short statement as to why the reasons are being sought and where possible details of the case such as the name of the trial judge, the parties and date.

Searching Court Records

The Access to Court Records Policy provides information for parties and non-parties to proceedings on how to apply for access to court documents. Questions about the operation of this Policy can be directed to the Criminal Registry Team Leader on 8636 6537 or via email to crim.reg@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

Party and Non-Party Applications for Access to Criminal or Appeal Files

All applications seeking access to the criminal or appeal files, except those from media representatives, should be lodged using the application form below. Information for media is found on the Media page.

Party and Non-Party Applications for Access to Civil Files

All non-party applications seeking access to civil files should be lodged using the appropriate application form below.

Journalists

Journalists should refer to the Media section of this website

Research Requests

For questions regarding research requests, please contact the Court Information Officer at information.services@countycourt.vic.gov.au