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The Supreme Court’s information hub provides an insight into the work of the Court.

My name is Anne Ferguson, and I am the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Supreme Court hears some of the most serious criminal cases and most complex civil cases in Victoria. It also hears some appeals from Victorian courts and tribunals.

You may be familiar with some of the matters that are heard and decided here. But there are also things about our court you may not be aware of.

As Chief Justice, I want to make sure that what judges do, how we do it and why we make the decisions we make are easily understood by all people.

This Virtual Information Hub provides an insight into how the Court serves the community.

It gives you a glimpse into judicial decisions by providing access to judgment summaries, sentences and recordings of some proceedings. You can download the podcast we made about the Court, Gertie's Law, or watch new lawyers being admitted to practise.

You can also explore how the next generation of lawyers in VCE are building their own knowledge about how the Court operates or delve into our rich history.

I hope you find what you need and take something new away with you.

Thank you for paying a virtual visit to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

What's on at the Court

The Supreme Court hears some of the most serious criminal cases and most complex civil cases in the State of Victoria. It also hears some appeals from Victorian courts and tribunals. The Court has two distinct divisions, the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal. The Trial Division is made up of three divisions: the Criminal Division, the Common Law Division and the Commercial Court. Since COVID-19 began, many matters have been heard in virtual hearings.

The public can view some proceedings first hand or via public live streaming. You can also watch lawyers being admitted to practise law or judges’ welcome and farewell ceremonies via our virtual video library.

To find out what matters are scheduled to be heard visit the Daily Hearing List.

New courtrooms up and running

Seven courtrooms have opened providing additional facilities for a range of hearings.
Read about the new facilities

Explainer: What is an appeal?

Learn about what an appeal is with Justice Karin Emerton.
Find out more about the Court of Appeal

Speeches

On occasion judicial officers provide remarks or deliver speeches on legal or associated topics.
Read speeches by judges of the Court

Law Week 2024

The Supreme Court is celebrating Law Week 2024 with a variety of activities, exhibits and events.
Find out more about what's on

Navigating Court processes

The Court has produced a guide on the process for representing oneself in an application for judicial review.
Access the guide

Our history

Dive into the past and some significant moments in the Court’s history.
Learn about our history