The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria hears a broad range of criminal matters, including summary offences and indictable offences that can be heard summarily.
Summary offences are generally considered less serious and include offences such as traffic offences, minor assaults, and drug possession.
Indictable offences heard summarily are more serious and can include charges such as burglary, theft, and assault causing injury.
The Magistrates’ Court also deals with bail applications and sentencing.
It is important to note that some more serious offences, such as murder and treason, must be heard in higher courts such as the County or Supreme Court.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, it is important to seek legal advice from a criminal lawyer as early as possible to ensure you understand the charges against you and your legal options.
Geelong Legal provides expert legal advice and representation for criminal matters in the Magistrates’ Court.