Legal links and support
Below is a selected list of the many professional agencies, community organisations and support services available to court users.
If there are agencies or other useful groups that would be of assistance to victims, the accused or the defendant and their families, please tell us using our feedback form.
- The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is the national association for the translating and interpreting profession.
- The Children’s Court of Victoria operates under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 as a specialist court with two divisions to deal with matters relating to children and young people
- The Child Witness Service (CWS) is a specialist service that provides court education and support for young people who have been victims of, or witnesses to, violent crimes
- The Coroner's Court is responsible for independent investigation of deaths and fires, for the purpose of finding the causes of those deaths and fires
- Disaster Legal Help is a joint initiative of the Disaster Legal Help partners: Victoria Legal Aid, Federation of Community Legal Centres, Law Institute of Victoria, Victoria Law Foundation, The Victorian Bar and the Public Interest Law Clearing House.
- Publications and online informaton for victims of family violence
- The Federation is the peak body for 49 Victorian community legal centres (CLCs) that provide free legal services to the public.
- The Judicial College of Victoria provides education for judges, magistrates and VCAT members.
- Law Aid is a scheme funding disbursements in civil litigation matters undertaken by law firms on a 'no-win', no-fee' basis.
- The Law Institute of Victoria is the professional association for solicitors. The website provides information on getting legal advice and a range of legal resources.
- The Magistrates' Court is the third tier in Victoria's court hierarchy. Summary offences are heard in this Court.
- The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (trading as NAATI) is the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in Australia.
- The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) is Victoria’s largest criminal legal practice. The OPP works in up to 50 courts each day to prosecute serious criminal matters on behalf of the community.
- The Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which is committed to furthering the public interest, improving access to justice and protecting human rights.
- The Sentencing Advisory Council is an independent statutory body established to bridge the gap between the community, the courts and government by informing, educating and advising on sentencing issues.
- The Supreme Court is the highest Court in Victoria's court hierarchy.
- Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS) National is an interpreting service, provided by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, for people who do not speak English and for the English speakers who need to communicate with them.
- Free information and support to help you manage the effects of crime.
- Phone (free call): 1800 819 817
- Text: 0427 767 891
- Hours of operation: 8am – 11pm, 7 days a week
- Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) helps people with their legal problems. VLA focuses on helping and protecting the rights of socially and economically disadvantaged Victorians.
- VCAT to provides a low cost,accessible, efficient and independent tribunal delivering high quality dispute resolution.
- The Victorian Bar is a private, voluntary, self-funded, non-profit professional association of barristers who practise in Victoria.
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