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  • We ensure judicial officers are provided with opportunities to enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities
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  • Judicial College of Victoria


The Judicial College of Victoria provides education for judges, magistrates and VCAT members. We keep judicial officers abreast of developments in the law and social issues, and help them build and maintain the skills they need to perform their roles with rigour.

Maintaining the community’s confidence in judicial officers is essential to the rule of law. Judicial education and ongoing professional development are powerful agents to support and reinforce cultural change within the justice system.

Acknowledgment of Country

The Judicial College of Victoria pays its respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; their knowledge, culture, history, diversity and connection to their land.

We recognise the influential role of judicial education in shaping community, and strengthening relationships between First Nations people and the judiciary.



  • Important Bail Updates
    The College has updated its Key Bail Act Cases to reflect significant developments under the 2018 reforms
  • Introducing consolidated jury directions
    The Criminal Charge Book now includes consolidated preliminary directions and consolidated final directions.
  • Research measures judicial stress
    Headline results from a recent study of the overall wellbeing of Australia’s judicial officers suggest that Australian judges and magistrates are under considerable occupational stress and at risk of burnout and secondary traumatic stress.
  • New Video - How to conduct a Ground Rules Hearing
    The College has released a best practice video on conducting a Ground Rules Hearing.
  • Charge Book restructure
    The Victorian Criminal Charge Book is now easier to use after a restructure by the Judicial College’s publications team.


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The Judicial Officers Information Network (JOIN) is an online resource for judicial officers and their support staff. JOIN ensures judicial officers have access to legislation, judgments, publications including benchbooks and manuals, sentencing statistics and legal reference material.

JOIN is for work use only. All users must agree to the terms and conditions before using it. The Judicial College supplies and manages the username and password.