Court Network Services in the Courts
Court Network is available in the Supreme Court, the County Court, various Magistrates' Courts, the Coroner's Court and the Family Court.
Court Network volunteers can:
- Provide support and information about going to Court
- Accompany a person on the day of Court
- Explain how the Courts and legal system operate (in person or by telephone)
- Show people around the Court beforehand, so that a person can become familiar with where they have to go on the day of the Court case
- Provide a person with a safe place in Court
- Refer people to other services that can help
A specialist Intervention Order Program is available for victims of domestic violence. A specialist service is also available to victims of sexual assault and their families. This includes:
- Pre-court information
- A viewing of Court facilities
- Support during Court and post-court
If someone has been murdered, or died as a result of an accident, culpable driving or industrial accident, a specialist Court service for families and friends attending inquiries, inquests or trials is available.
The Statewide Court Network Telephone Information and Referral Service can assist people in preparing to attend Court.
This might involve:
- Provision of information about Court procedure
- Referral to legal services and community resources
- Assistance in organising interpreters, child care, disability access
- Making arrangements to ensure someone's safety when they are at Court
- Pre-booking a Networker to provide support on the day
Court Network in the Supreme Court
In addition to the above services, Court Network provides the following three programs in the Supreme Court.
- Generic Service - This program has been established to assist people attending a trial, an appeal or for any other process. People are frequently referred to Court Network for this support by other agencies, Court personnel, police or counsel. Court Network also has an "outreach" model where people are approached and assistance is offered.
- Information Desk - This program entails the provision of volunteers at the information desk located on the Ground Floor, 210 William Street which is staffed for approximately two to three hours daily. This service assists people each morning to locate the right Court, building, personnel, library, jury pool or other similar requests.
- Education Program - This has been established for a number of years. It is designed primarily for VCE Legal Studies students. This program is run in conjunction with the Education Liaison Officer at the Law Institute of Victoria and is managed and staffed by Court Network. (Link to Tours)
Who can refer to Court Network?
You can self refer:
- Community Legal Services
- Migrant Resource Services
- Disability Services
- Women's Services
- Domestic Violence Services
- Centres Against Sexual Assault
- Victim Assistance Programs
- Child and Family Services
- Legal Practitioners
- Human Services Organisations
- Community Support Services
- Witness Assistance Service
- Drug and Alcohol Services
PO Box 1301 Mail Centre
Tel: (03) 5336 6227
Basement Office Pall Mall
Bendigo Court House
Tel: (03) 5440 4119
Geelong Law Courts
Tel: (03) 5225 3356
PO Box 46
Tel: (03) 5127 6366
Fax: (03) 5127 6367
Ground Floor, 565 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: 03 9603 7433
Admin: 03 9603 7420
Freecall: 1800 681 614
Fax: 03 9670 8804
Office hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm (Weekdays) The Court based service is available when Courts are open. Please refer to Court lists.