The County Court encourages teachers and students to visit the County Court building in Melbourne to learn about court proceedings.
Following advice from the federal and state governments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the County Court has suspended all schools visits until further notice, which includes work experience students.
The County Court Schools Program seeks to provide VCE Legal Studies students with a first-hand experience of the Victorian justice system. Students participating in the program are provided with a unique opportunity to meet and interact with a County Court judge and observe a proceeding before the court.
Students can engage with judges on a range of topics, including the role of the judge and jury, the right to a fair trial, the complexity of sentences and judgments and matters relevant to their legal studies curriculum. Visits are available Monday to Thursday (morning and afternoon sessions) and Friday (morning) during school terms. Morning sessions run from 9am-midday. Afternoon sessions run from 1.15pm-3.00pm.
County Court criminal and civil proceedings are open to the public, other than in exceptional circumstances when a judge orders otherwise. Members of the public may visit the court (and anywhere in Victoria where the court sits) to observe hearings.
You should take note of the following requirements when attending:
The court accepts work experience applications from secondary and tertiary students throughout the year. Placements fill up quickly so apply early to avoid disappointment. Below are instructions on how you can submit an application for work experience: