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Resources

The College's resources provide clear, accurate and accessible explanations of the law – in areas including civil and criminal proceedings, sentencing, jury directions, evidence, and family violence – as well as materials on judicial wellbeing. 

Our resources are written by experienced College staff in collaboration with Victorian judicial officers and tribunal members. We also make available a few resources that have been created by external experts.

  Bench Books

Bench Book Criminal Charge Book

A Bench Book including model jury directions, checklists, and commentary for criminal offences and on evidentiary and procedural issues in criminal trials.

Bench Book Sentencing Manual

A manual on sentencing in Victoria, including guidance and commentary on process, sanctions, statutory schemes, and circumstances.

Bench Book Sentencing Manual - Case Summaries

An updated collection of summaries of sentencing cases in the Victorian Court of Appeal and County Court.

Bench Book Criminal Proceedings Manual

A manual on the law of criminal procedure, including commentary on relevant authorities and legislation.

Bench Book Civil Procedure Bench Book

A Bench Book with model jury directions. Contains explanations and commentary on various forms of negligence and other torts, the use and assessment of evidence, and calculation of damages.

Bench Book Civil Juries Charge Book

A Bench Book with model jury directions. Contains explanations and commentary on various forms of negligence and other torts, the use and assessment of evidence, and calculation of damages.

Bench Book Serious Injury Manual

A manual on the law of workplace or transport accident injuries, including commentary on tests, limitation periods, and the operation of medical panels.

Bench Book Personal Safety Intervention Orders Bench Book

A Bench Book on the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010. Contains information on when to make an intervention order and the interaction between personal safety intervention orders and family violence intervention orders.

Bench Book Uniform Evidence Manual

Contains explanations of key components of the Evidence Act 2008, including commentary and discussion.

Bench Book Charter of Human Rights Bench Book

A Bench Book on human rights law. Contains information on Victoria’s key human rights legislation, jurisprudence on individual rights and the operation of the Charter on statutory interpretation and the functions of courts.

Bench Book Open Courts Bench Book

A Bench Book on the law relating to suppression orders and closed court orders. Contains commentary on open justice principles and model orders.

Bench Book Disability Access Bench Book

A Bench Book that provides information and general best practice principles for judicial officers on their role in making the courts accessible for people with disabilities.

Bench Book Family Violence Bench Book

A Bench Book on the law concerning family violence in Victoria, including information on when to make a family violence intervention order, sentencing for contravention offences, and theory concerning family violence.

Bench Book Children's Court Bench Book

A Bench Book on the operation of the Children's Court, including information on the family and criminal divisions, and available programs and services.

  Criminal

Skills Working with Vulnerable Witnesses

These resources have been compiled to assist Victorian judicial officers work with child and otherwise vulnerable witnesses in the courtroom.

 

 

Law Bail Materials

A collection of bail resources, including flowcharts, annotated lists of conditions, schedule offences, and Key Bail Act Cases.

Law Criminal Case Notes and Legislation Guides

A collection of summaries of significant decisions and guides to key Acts. 

Skills Victims of Crime in the Courtroom

A Guide to assist judicial officers in identifying and responding to the diverse characteristics, experiences and needs of victims. Contains key considerations, definitions and links to further resources.

  Civil

Law Civil Case Notes

Summaries of significant civil decisions.

Law Guide to the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019

A guide that explains the operation of the new Act and incorporates relevant principles and cases.

Law Personal Safety Intervention Orders checklists

Checklists on mention dates and mandatory considerations.

  Judicial Practice

Law Uniform Evidence Resources

A collection of resources on evidence law. Contains relevant case notes, flowcharts, knowledge tests and further reading.

Law Charter Case Collection

A collection of summaries of all significant Charter cases from the Supreme Court of Victoria. Contains a description of the factual issues, area of law, and a thorough account of the Charter arguments and the outcome.

Law Open Courts Resources

A collection of resources including flowcharts, guides, collected cases, and reference material.

Law JCV Journal

A collection of papers delivered at College education events, as well as a special issue on the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. 

  Judicial Wellbeing

Judicial Life Judicial Wellbeing Resources

A collection of resources on judicial wellbeing. Contains information on judicial stress, wellbeing and where to get help.

  Family Violence

Skills Family Violence Resources

A collection of additional resources on family violence. Contains commentary on key legislative amendments, and flowcharts that describe the decision-making process.

  Tribunals and Specialist Courts

Skills COAT Practice Manual for Tribunals 5th ed

The COAT Practice Manual for Tribunals is a resource developed by COAT to assist tribunal members in carrying out their role. The Manual is a practical resource with information on various issues, including procedural fairness, evidentiary issues, conducting hearings, decision-making and drafting reasons.

Skills Administrative Review Council's Best Practice Guides

A collection of guides designed for use as a training resource and as a reference for primary decision makers in Commonwealth agencies, and standards of conduct for Tribunal Members.

Skills Modifying Tribunal Craft for Virtual Hearings

With a rapid increase in the number of online hearings taking place, the College has produced a quick reference guide for judicial officers on tips and tricks for when and how to modify tribunal craft online.

Non-Legal Knowledge Drug Screen Analysis Resources

A collection of resources on reading and understanding urine drug screen reports. Contains a webinar recording, a tip sheet and FAQs.

  Coronavirus

Judicial Life Coronavirus and Judicial Wellbeing

A collection of resources to help support the wellbeing of the judiciary and broader community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Law Coronavirus and Contracts

Commentary on contractual issues likely to arise as a result of the pandemic, and an analysis of early jurisprudence in this area.

Law Coronavirus Jurisprudence

This resource tracks the developing impact of the pandemic on the common law and the application of general principles, whether it be to bail, sentencing, the decision to grant a trial by judge alone, or otherwise.

Law COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020

A short summary of the provisions of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 as it relates to the operations of Victorian courts and tribunals.

Law Judge Alone Trials

Resources examining legislation and caselaw on allowing and conducting criminal trials by judge alone.

Non-Legal Knowledge Coronavirus and the Courts

This resource looks at the nationwide operational impacts of the virus, such as limits on in-person hearings and security and hygiene measures, and is intended to help courts and court users understand the different practices that have been put in place across the jurisdictions.

Skills Modifying Courtcraft for Virtual Hearings

With a rapid increase in the number of online hearings taking place, the College has produced a quick reference guide for judicial officers on tips and tricks for when and how to modify courtcraft online.

Skills Courtcraft during the Coronavirus pandemic

Following consultation with Victorian magistrates and specialist courts, this new resource offers insights into ways magistrates have been adapting their courtcraft during the Coronavirus pandemic.