Teachers and Students

Booking Arrangements: Year 11 and 12 Court Visits

The County Court encourages teachers and students to visit the Court (Melbourne) to learn about court proceedings.

All bookings for students in Years 11 and 12 must be made through the Courts Services Victoria website. Book a tour now.  

Court Etiquette

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:

  • Enquire at reception inside the main entrance of the building as to the hearings being conducted on the day of your visit;
  • The building is open between 8am and 6.30pm;
  • You must turn off your mobile phone before entering a courtroom;
  • Electronic devices such as laptops and tablets cannot be used by members of the public in court;
  • You are not allowed to take cameras or recording devices into a courtroom;
  • Food and drinks are not to be consumed in a courtroom;
  • Ensure you are suitably dressed.

Requesting a judge to visit your school

Pending Court commitments, judges are available to speak to VCE Legal Studies students at their school. Teachers please complete the form attached below.

Work Experience

Note: the calendar dates for 2018 are fully booked

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:

Secondary students (years 10, 11 and 12)

  1. Obtain written authorisation from your school's work experience co-ordinator/supervisor;
  2. Complete the County Court Work Experience Request form (see 'Forms' section below); and
  3. Email the above documents (and any general enquiries) to: workexperience@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

Tertiary students (university/TAFE)

  1. Obtain written authorisation from your institution's work experience co-ordinator/supervisor;
  2. Complete a work experience placement form (provided by your institution); and
  3. Email the above documents (and any general enquiries) to: HR@countycourt.vic.gov.au

Forms

Forms are available to apply for work experience and request a judge to address VCE Legal Studies class.

See also:

About the County Court (Victoria Law Foundation - County Court co-publication)