Get to Know the Children’s Court of Victoria this Law Week

The Children’s Court of Victoria is an important part of Victoria’s legal justice system. It is a specialist court that hears and determines matters including child protection in the Family Division and criminal law matters involving childrend and young people in the Criminal Divison.

This Law Week, the Children’s Court are launching two initiatives to help Victorian’s get to know them in a way that they never have before.

Law Week 2020

For Law Week’s 40th anniversary, the Children’s Court of Victoria are opening their (virtual) doors and inviting VCE legal studies students to get to know the court in a three live Q&A sessions with Children’s Court President Judge Amanda Chambers, Magistrate Jennifer Bowles and Magistrate Gail Hubble.

Ms Hubble was appointed as a Magistrate in 2010 and has been working for the Children’s Court for 7 years. Prior to this, she was a barrister specializing in employment law, industrial law and equal opportunity.

In these Q&A sessions, VCE students can have their say and get their questions answered on how the law should respond to young offenders, the jurisdiction of the Children’s Court, and learn about the professional path to becoming a judicial officer. This is a not to be missed event for the aspiring lawyer in your life.

Children’s Court Q&A Livestream with Magistrate Gail Hubble is on Wednesday 20th May at 10:30am. Click here for more information and to book your place.

Children’s Court Q&A Livestream with Magistrate Jennifer Bowles is on Thursday 21st May at 1:30pm. Click here for more information and to book your place.

Children’s Court Q&A Livestream with Judge Amanda Chambers is on Friday 22nd May at 2:00pm. Click here for more information and to book your place.

A new undertaking

In addition to their Q&A event, the Children’s Court is launching the first issue of a new tri-annual newsletter during this year’s Law Week.

This newsletter is designed to keep you up to date on the Court and any legal changes that may impact child protection or young offenders.

In this first newsletter, the Children’s Court will talk about the changes they’ve made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also be unveiling the portrait of retired Koori Court Elder Uncle Kevin Coombs and spotlight a new framework that the Police, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services and residential care providers have signed up to.

Don’t miss out! Sign up for the first edition of the Children’s Court Newsletter here.