Child Witness Service – Department of Justice
Tel: 03 9603 9266
Tel: 1300 790 540 (regional callers)
State-wide Court Network Telephone and Referral Service – open between 9.00am and 5.00pm every weekday.
Tel: 03 9603 7433 or
Tel: (toll free) 1800 681 614
Witness Assistance Service
If the court case is being prosecuted by the Office of Public Prosecutions
Tel: 03 9603 7523 or 03 9603 7422 or
Tel: (toll free)1800 641 927
Victims Assistance and Counselling Program
Victims of Crime Helpline: 1800 819 817
Going to Court
There are a number of reasons you may need to attend court – either as a party to a case, as a witness or to support family or friends. In this section you will find introductory information about:
- giving evidence in court
- making an oath or affirmation
- how different people are able to provide affidavits to the court.
You will also find:
- clear explanations of commonly used terms including who the accused persons and plaintiffs are
- how juries are selected and their rights and responsibilities
- how judgments are passed.
There is also a list of support services including information about legal aid and victim support.
You should visit individual court sites to find specific information about how each court works. If you are going to court you should also seek legal advice.