Explore Your Law at Courts Open Day
Have you ever wondered what really goes on inside a court? From 10am to 3pm on Saturday 18 May, Victorian courts open their doors to the public to let you see behind the scenes.
To mark the beginning of Courts Open Day, a Wurundjeri elder will deliver a Welcome to Country address.
In the County Court Forecourt, there will be a range of activities for the whole family, including face painting, live children’s entertainment, information stalls and a coffee cart.
Getting Around on Courts Open Day
Courts Open Day: Talk to the Judge
Discover what judges really do - speak directly with a judge about their work
Courts Open Day: Getting to Know Gertie
Meet the makers of the Supreme Court’s new podcast, Gertie's Law
Courts Open Day: Meet Coop the Court Support Dog
Learn more about the important work Coop and her handler do as part of the Office of Public Prosecutions’ support dog program
Courts Open Day: Beyond the Bench
Join a guided tour and get an insight into Victoria’s highest court, and the types of civil and criminal cases it hears today
Courts Open Day: Library Insights
Meet librarians and staff from the Law Library of Victoria, learn more about their work and the magnificent free-standing Supreme Court Library
Courts Open Day: Bail and Remand Court at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court
See real bail and remand cases be heard at Melbourne Magistrates' Court
Courts Open Day: Chocolate and Wine, I Thought I Was Fine
A student in a sticky situation relies on the advocacy of a barrister in this mock trial.
Courts Open Day: Road Trauma Support Services Victoria Presentation
Discover the true cost of dangerous driving and find out how to get support
Courts Open Day: Therapeutic Justice
Discover how the courts implement therapeutic justice programs
Courts Open Day: Children’s Court of Victoria Information Stand
Find out about the work of the Children's Court of Victoria.
Courts Open Day: “I Plead Guilty, Your Honour”
Experience the mock arraignment, plea hearing, prosecution opening, defence submissions and sentencing of a person pleading guilty.
Courts Open Day: Mock County Koori Court Plea Hearing
Discover a different style of approaching the law in this mock County Koori Court hearing.
Courts Open Day: Welcome to Country and Introduction by Deputy Chief Magistrate
A Wurundjeri elder will begin Courts Open Day with a Welcome to Country, followed by the Chief Magistrate's introduction
Courts Open Day: Parole: You Decide!
Take the law into your own hands -- decide whether or not a prisoner gets parole in this mock hearing.
Courts Open Day: Jury Pool Room Tour
Go behind the scenes of Victoria's jury system
Courts Open Day: Trial By (Social) Media — Jury Duty in the Digital Age
Learn about the opportunities and challenges digital media present to Victoria's jury system
Courts Open Day: 12 Good Citizens — Criminal Jury Empanelment
Experience a mock-empanelment for a criminal trial at Melbourne's County Court
Courts Open Day: How find you? A Juror’s Experience
Join Victoria's Juries Commissioner to learn about our jury system
Courts Open Day: Monitoring Serious Offenders in the Community
Learn how the Post Sentence Authority contributes to community safety by monitoring serious offenders
Courts Open Day: Court Registrar Careers Information Session
Think court registrar might be the career for you? Attend this session to find out.
Courts Open Day: Judges’ BBQ
Enjoy a BBQ - cooked by the County Court's own judges - in the County Court forecourt.
Courts Open Day: Cells Tour
See where the accused await their hearings in this tour of the cells underneath the County Court
Courts Open Day: Day in the Life of an Accused
Step into the shoes of an accused person in this behind-the scenes tour
Courts Open Day: ‘All Stand’ — Mock Bail Hearing & Magistrate Q&A
See a mock bail hearing, then stick around and ask a magistrate a question.
Courts Open Day: Court Network Information Stall
Find out about the Court Network and how it supports our courts and the community