Help with Navigation and Menus



Navigation refers to the features built into this website which help you move around the site and locate the information you require. In this site the main navigation features are:


Subject Navigation - the Left Hand Menu

The subject navigation is located on the left hand side of every page. It provides a topic based way of browsing for content.


Each subject is sub-divided into sub-topics. Click on a subject term in the left hand menu for any sub-topics for that term to display.
To browse the full list of topics select the Site Map on the Utility bar.   


Utility Bar - Top Horizontal Menu

The Utility bar provides access to features which help you use this site.   It includes:

  • Home - takes you to the home (or front) page of this site.
  • Site Map - a listing of all major site areas. The site is primarily arranged by topic.
  • Accessibility - this site area provides information on how people with a disability can access this site and features that have been incorporated into the site to aid this process
  • Contact - key contact details for business areas of the Department of Justice.
  • Feedback - provides access to a form through which you can provide feedback on any aspect of this site.
  • Help - provides information on using this site. 


Format Bar - Middle Horizontal Menu

This menu provides you with access to information on this site according to its format.   

  • Publications - provides a listing of all publications available via this site
  • Forms - provides an alphabetical listing of all forms available for download, or online, via this site.
  • Links - provides an alphabetical listing of all internet sites referenced on this site
  • Legislation - provides an alphabetical listing of links to Justice related Victorian legislation.



In this site most pages contain right-hand menus which provide links to related content. This content falls into the following categories:

  • Related pages links – to other pages in this site which have content which is relevant to the page you are currently viewing.
  • Related content - on some pages menus will list related forms, practice notes or legislation
  • Related weblinks and legislation - lists external websites which may be relevant to the page you are viewing.   



Breadcrumbs are a series of links located at the top of each content page. They show you exactly where the page you are currently viewing is located in the site. You can click on any of the terms in the breadcrumb trail to visit that site area.


Help with Printing

How to print

To print any page on this site use the print function in your browser. In Internet Explorer this can be done using the print icon on the standard toolbar at the top of the page, or by selecting File > Print from the drop down menus.   

The keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+P can also be used.


Print format button

All pages on this site have a print format button, located at the bottom of the left hand navigation bar.   The button has a picture of a printer on it. Click on this button to refresh your browser with a print friendly version of the page you are viewing. The top banner, top navigation, left hand navigation, right hand menus and footer bar will be removed from the page leaving just the primary page content for printing.  


After printing click on the "return to normal view" link at the top of the page to refresh the browser again and restore all elements to the view.


Help with Search

This site uses google search.


The search box is located in the top right hand corner of every page. When you enter a keyword or phrase, the search engine searches all page content as well as the content of all attached documents.


Search Results

Search results display according to their relevance to the search term used. The type of document is indicated by the icon to the left of the title of the document. The icon for a web page is an Internet Explorer icon, PDF documents are represented by an Adobe Acrobat icon and Microsoft Office documents are represented by their standard icons such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint.


If your initial search query doesn't bring the results you want, you can:

  • change the sort order of the results to sort by alphabet, date created, date modified or website the results come from
  • enter another keyword to refine your search and limit the amount of results displayed
  • select a similar search term from the 'Also Searching' section of the navigation to refocus your search
  • select a website, subject, publisher or content type to limit the amount of results displayed
  • use the slider bars to limit the results to content published or modified in a particular date range.


The Search Screen image describe each of the sections of the search screen and how to use them to find the information you are looking for.



Please note that no new information is published or available because of this search function.

Information about privacy website privacy statement.


Viewing the Search Screen

In order to view some of the functionality on the search screen, you will need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. To do so, please follow the instructions below:


Internet Explorer (6.0)

Netscape Navigator (4.8)

Mozilla Firefox (1.0)

Mozilla Firefox (1.5)

Apple Safari (1.0)


Select 'Tools' from the top menu

Select 'Edit' from the top menu

Select 'Tools' from the top menu

Select 'Tools' from the top menu

Select 'Safari' from the top menu

Click on the 'Security' tab

Choose 'Preferences'

Choose 'Options'

Choose 'Options'

Choose 'Preferences'

Choose 'Internet Options'

Choose 'Advanced'

Choose 'Web Features' from the left navigation

Choose 'Content' from the top navigation

Choose 'Security'

Click on the 'Security' tab

Choose 'Scripts & Plugins'

Select the checkbox next to 'Enable JavaScript' and click OK

Select the checkbox next to 'Enable JavaScript' and click OK

Select the checkbox next to 'Enable JavaScript'

Click on 'Custom Level'

Select the 'Enable JavaScript' checkbox and click OK




Scroll down until you see section labled 'Scripting'





Under 'Active Scripting', select 'Enable' and click OK.






Please keep in mind that upgrading your browser or installing new security software or security patches may affect your JavaScript settings. It is a good idea to double-check that JavaScript is still enabled if you notice problems displaying the search engine. Additionally, if your JavaScript setting is set to 'Prompt', you may encounter a warning about downloading potentially dangerous scripts from a website that displays Google ads.


If you are still experiencing problems viewing the search screen after ensuring that JavaScript is enabled in your browser, please check if you have any personal firewall or security software installed.


Help with Specific Types of Content

The County Court attempts to provide content which is compatible with as many browsers and computer types as possible. As well as the regular pages and graphics, you will find that some pages may contain the following types of content:

  • JavaScript
  • Java
  • PDF

Below is an explanation of each of these additional features which provide some extra functionality. JavaScript is used on this site. This application gives the web browser some extra capabilities. Common uses for JavaScript are "mouseovers", which are used to make images change when your mouse moves over them, and pop-up windows, which are used to make a smaller window appear on your screen in front of your main browsing window.


Compatibility Issues

Some browsers, and some older versions of browsers, can't use JavaScript, or may not understand newer versions of JavaScript. Java is used to create small programs called "applets" which run inside your browser. Not all browsers can use Java, and some Macintosh computers require Java to be installed on the computer and not in the browser.


Attachment formats - PDF

PDF is a format based on Adobe's PostScript printing language which is used to display and print precisely-formatted documents via the web. Most documents available for downloading on the County Court site are in PDF format.


Note: RTF format is also used for some Forms.


To view or print these documents, you will need to install the Adobe Acrobat® Reader. If you have the Adobe Acrobat® Reader you can PRINT to your local printer. To VIEW the document via the internet, place your mouse cursor over the Adobe® icon and click the left mouse button. To SAVE the document to your computer, place your mouse cursor over the Adobe® icon and click the right mouse button. Compatibility Issues: The Adobe Acrobat® Reader is required to read PDF documents. If you don't have it, you can download it from the Adobe website.