The Criminal Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria has jurisdiction to hear and ascertain charges against young people aged between 10 and 17 years at the time of committing the alleged offence.

The Criminal Division of the Children’s Court may hear all charges except:

  • Murder;
  • Attempted murder;
  • Manslaughter;
  • Child homicide;
  • Defensive homicide;
  • Arson causing death; and
  • Culpable driving causing death.

The court has jurisdiction to hear and determine cases such as:

  • The protection of young people under 18 years;
  • Criminal offending involving people who were aged under 18 at the time of the alleged offence;
  • Traffic cases where the defendant is not old enough to hold a driver’s licence or permit; and
  • Applications for Compulsory Schooling Orders where a child or young person has not been attending school.

If a young person has turned 19 by the time their court case is commenced in the Children’s Court, the case will be transferred to the Magistrates’ Court.

Please make appointment with us so we can discuss your matter in detail. We would be very pleased to provide you with a personalised advice.

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