Judicial Education

Stephen Odgers presenting at a College workshop
College workshop featuring interstate presenters

In just a short time, the College has become both a national and world leader in judicial education and training. Our activities benefit judicial officers, the Victorian court system and the wider Victorian community by:

  • creating highly skilled judicial officers, able to respond to the challenges of judging in the 21st century and the needs of a socially and culturally diverse Victorian community
  • supporting a culture of life long learning and reflective practice
  • improving judicial practice and organisational performance, which in turn reduces the cost of justice.

Some of the College’s key achievements include:

  • adopting a Framework of Judicial Abilities and Qualities that defines the standards and expectations of a Victorian judicial officer. 
  • introducing a two-year induction framework to assist new appointees to make a successful transition from legal practice to the bench.
  • introducing a Judicial Leadership Program to harness the experience of long-standing judges and to ensure the Courts and VCAT create opportunities for institutional innovation.
  • developing an Australian-first judicial Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme that allows Victorian judicial officers to meet the two of the five days recommended by the National Standard for Professional Development for Australian judicial officers.  
  • introducing a world-first 360 degree feedback survey for judicial officers, which other jurisdictions are now replicating.
  • enhancing judicial knowledge through an extensive array of programs and electronic resources, including our highly regarded judicial intranet (JOIN)
  • establishing a dedicated judicial education facility for the delivery of judicial education programs (JCV Learning Centre)

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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.