VCE Education Program update

Following advice from the federal and state governments regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Supreme Court has suspended all school visits until further notice.

If you have any queries regarding school tours, please email rqhpngvba@pbhegf.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.struoc@noitacude .

We will provide an update if there are any changes.

Almost 6,000 VCE Legal Studies students and teachers participate in the Courts Education Program each year.

Students learn about the court and its processes, and have the opportunity to observe a trial in progress. If available, a Supreme Court judge will speak to the groups.

Program details

The program runs twice daily during the school term:

  • Session 1 runs from 9.15 am to 12.00 pm 
  • Session 2 runs from 1.15 pm to 3.00 pm

There is a maximum number of 25 places available for each program.

For more information contact rqhpngvba@pbhegf.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.struoc@noitacude .

On the day

Please arrive on time and meet at the entrance to the Court located at 485 Lonsdale Street. If you are running late, please let the Education Team know through one of the following contacts:

  • Education Team office - 8600 2324
  • Courts Engagement Officer - 8600 2134

Everyone must follow certain standards of behaviour when visiting the Court. We've come up with some pointers around courtroom conduct that may help.

Social Media

The Court uses social media to share information about judgments and sentences. Students may be interested in following the Supreme Court's Twitter or Facebook.

Webcasts

Audio and video webcasts of some judgments and sentences are streamed live and are available to listen to on demand. You can also access judgments and sentences online.

One punch, a lifetime of consequences

In 2016, the Court launched a video and booklet for teachers and VCE Legal Studies students to help explain the roles of people who work in the courtroom, the procedures of a trial and how a trial reaches the Supreme Court. These free resources were produced in 2016 as part of a General Grant received from the Victoria Law Foundation.

The booklet and video, available to view here, follows the fictional case of Justin, an 18-year old student charged with manslaughter, as he proceeds through a criminal trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria.

General information about the Court

The Supreme Court of Victoria: The highest court in Victoria brochure is available to download.