Melbourne is home to the highest court in the State of Victoria. The Supreme Court holds hearings of the most serious civil and criminal cases as well as the appeals from the County Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. While most cases are heard in Melbourne, the Court also travels around Victoria including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Hamilton, Horsham, Morwell, Mildura, Sale, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga. As the highest court in Victoria, only the High Court of Australia can review its decisions.
For 2 days in May, you can stroll into Court without facing any charges. The Supreme Court will open its doors to the public and host 2 tours that reveal the history and workings of this institution and its magnificent heritage building dating back to 1884. Bookings are essential so grab your family and make an unsual date with Court today.
As part of Law Week, the Supreme Court will host an Open Day where the public can get an insight into the workings of the justice system. The visit includes the Banco courtroom, Libary and courtroom 4. You and your family will also get the opportunity to learn about the jury system with the Juries Commissioner and speak to judges and magistrates about legal proceedings. If time permits, you can explore the 175 anniversary exhibition in the Supreme Court Library of historical items such as the Court book that records the fate of Ned Kelly who was held in the Old Melbourne Gaol and a black execution cap worn by judges when issuing death sentences. Click here to get your tickets.
The Supreme Court is a grand example of the classical Renaissance Revival style, completed in 1884. While many of the courtrooms have been restored, much of the original furniture and fixtures still remain to date. You and your family can walk the corridors, view the library and visit a courtroom while enjoying a explanation of the Court's rich history. Kindly note that photography is not allowed in the Court. Click here to get your tickets.