Victims & witnesses of crime

The Court recognises that the impact of crime can be significant and distressing and that attending court can be a daunting experience. This page is a resource for complainants, victims and witnesses of crime.

Victims’ rights and roles fact sheet

This fact sheet details the support and assistance available to complainants and victims of crimes being heard at the County Court. It also talks about other people affected by a trial, including family members of the victim and witnesses.

In this fact sheet you will find information about:

  • reporting and investigation of a crime
  • Victorian Victim’s Charter
  • attending court
  • courtroom layout
  • giving evidence
  • victims register
  • sentencing
  • recent reforms and current issues.

Going to court

This video provides practical information for complainants, victims and witnesses who are coming to the County Court.

A transcript of the video is available here.

You can also take a virtual tour of the County Court to become more familiar with the building.

Support services

Free help is just a phone call away. You can find information about support services for complainants, victims of crime, a family member, or witness in need of support on our support services page.

Find out about support services.

Other resources

The Office of Public Prosecutions’ Victims and Witnesses website has extensive information for victims of crime, witnesses and bereaved family members.

Visit their site to learn about:

The Victorian Government’s website for people affected by crime has information and support to help you manage the effects of crime and guide you through the legal process.

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Page last updated: 13 January 2020