Text description of landmarks in the virtual tour.
The Coat of Arms, or Victorian Crest, dates from June 1910. The State's motto is 'Peace and Prosperity'.
The judge sits on the bench; positioned higher than all the other seats reflecting judicial Authority.
People who come to court as witnesses give their evidence from the witness box.
Lawyers (barristers and solicitors) representing the parties sit or stand at the bar table.
Standing and bowing to the judicial officer symbolises respect to the law.
The jury is a group of ordinary citizens (jurors) randomly selected from the community.
The jury go to the jury room to decide on its findings in a trial and during breaks in the evidence.
Witness must make an oath or affirmation that they will tell the truth in their evidence.
In a criminal case, an accused person sits in the dock, usually accompanied by court security.
This technology allows witnesses to give evidence in a different room, e.g., child witnesses.
The tipstaff is a part of the team that support the judge in court and looks after the jury.
A judge’s associate is part of the team that supports the judge, in court and in his or her office.
When any person enters or leaves the courtroom, it is customary to bow towards of the Coat of Arms.
Courtrooms are generally open to the public, meaning anyone can come in and listen.
People and their property coming into the Court have to pass through the weapons detection system to ensure safety and security.
Jury service is a crucial part of Victoria's justice system. Juries are made up of citizens randomly selected from the Victorian Electoral Roll. Every year, thousands of Victorians give their time to attend jury service.
Wurundjeri Elder Joy Murphy Wandin named this artwork 'Ngarrn-Gi', which means 'to know' in Woiwurrung.
These screens give details of where and when cases will be heard, for example the courtroom number.
The Registry Office manages Court files, collect fees, and provides advice on rules and processes.
Waldron Hall is the heart of the court building, named in honour of former Chief Judge Glenn Waldron.
You can access many of the courtrooms from here and it is also used for public events.
Information displays give details of where and when cases will be heard, for example the courtroom number
Where parties and their legal representatives can discuss and negotiate their cases in private
A 7-metre Southeast Asian Reticulated Python. It took years to build and the scales are individually cut.
Suspended and painted glass panels; named from a line in Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’.
The glass maximises the hall’s natural light, representing justice as a radiant and triumphal presence.
The bird and broken chains represent freedom.
The justice figure is depicted with land and sea, signifying justice over all.
His Honour Chief Judge Michael Rozenes was the third Chief Judge of the County Court (2002 to 2015).