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Serious criminal cases, involving offences such as murder, manslaughter and treason, must be heard and determined in the Criminal Division of the Supreme Court. In these cases, there is either a trial before a jury or the accused pleads guilty and they are sentenced by a judge of the Criminal Division. 

As well as trials and pleas and sentences, judges of the Criminal Division also hear applications under a number of different Acts, including:

  • Bail Act 1977 (Vic) - See Bail applications for further information and resources. 
  • Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (Vic)
  • Serious Offenders Act 2018 (Vic)
  • Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Vic)
  • Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004 (Vic)
  • Commonwealth Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Act 2016 (Vic).

As well as hearing cases in Melbourne, judges of the Criminal Division sit in ten regional locations in Victoria throughout the year (Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Horsham, Morwell, Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga). These are referred to as ‘circuits’. 

Judges of the Criminal Division

The Principal Judge of the Criminal Division is the Honourable Justice Hollingworth. For a list of current Criminal Division judges see the judicial organisational chart.

The administrative and legal staff in the Criminal Registry support the work undertaken in the Criminal Division, but also provide information and assistance to legal practitioners and the public.

The registry is now located at 450 Little Bourke Street. Please phone 03 8600 2059 to make an appointment and to discuss alternatives to in-person attendance.

Criminal Registry staff cannot give legal advice. If you need legal advice, see the Court’s guide to free and low-cost legal help

All material filed in the Criminal Division must be filed electronically via RedCrest.

For further information, please see the Criminal Division’s Notice to the Profession regarding eFiling and view the RedCrest information videos.

Documents filed in criminal cases are available for inspection via applications only. If you would like access to a document held on a criminal file, please submit an Application to Search a Court file or Record form in RedCrest.

Applications are considered by a judge or judicial registrar, who may deny it, approve it only in part, or direct that information only be released in a redacted form or with pseudonyms applied. Further conditions may also be applied.

Documents approved for release can either be emailed or made available for collection.

Where matters are heard

210 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Criminal Registry

Phone: 03 8600 2059
Email:   pevzvanyqvivfvba@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@noisividlanimirc