Court Structure:
A Simple Explanation

Court Hierarchy

In the state of Victoria there is a hierarchy of Courts.

  • Magistrates Court
  • County Court
  • Supreme Court

Daniel has personally appeared on behalf of his clients in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts in both Victoria and New South Wales.

There is also the Children’s Court which operates in Criminal division and a family division (DHS proceedings).

Daniel is a Law Institute Accredited Specialist in Children’s Law. He is the only Accredited Specialist in this field east of Melbourne. He is an expert in Children Court Criminal and DHS matters and represents both Children and Adults in DHS proceedings.

Daniel presents papers and seminars to DHS workers and conducts training in DHS Law, to relevant service providers  due to his expert knowledge.

Daniel is also on the Specialist Legal Aid panels and can ensure ease of Legal Aid access where applicable.

Magistrates Court

Types of Cases

Hear the majority of all cases and determines to finality matters including.

  • A range of driving matters
  • Assaults
  • Thefts
  • Burglaries
  • Breaches of intervention orders
  • Drink driving and drug driving charges
  • Minor sexual offences
  • Intervention orders
  • Bail applications
  • Drug matters.

Where are the Magistrates Courts?

Daniel Taylor appears at the Magistrates Court at:

  • Sale Magistrates Court
  • Bairnsdale Magistrates Court
  • Orbost Magistrates Court
  • Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court
  • Omeo Magistrates Court.

Court Manners

The Magistrate sits and you call him your Honour. It is courtesy to bow when you enter and leave the Court.

Court Duty Lawyers

The Magistrates Court is often staffed by duty lawyers. If you wait to see a duty lawyer at Court you run the risk of:

  • not being able to have much dedicated time with a lawyer
  • not having much time for the lawyer to negotiate or investigate for you
  • the duty lawyer turning you away as there are strict guidelines as to income and types of matters they can help with.
  • Being left on your own to battle with the complex structure and laws

Act Before Court Day

You should contact Daniel Taylor Lawyers well before your Court date so you can arrive fully armed and fully prepared with a specialist lawyer.

County Court

The County Court is the next step in the Victorian State Court hierarchy.

Types of Cases

A County Court Judge hears the more serious cases such as:

  • Armed robbery
  • Rape
  • Serious burglary charges
  • Serious drug matters
  • Appeals from the Magistrates Court.

The penalties in the County Court can be extremely severe. The effect of a County Court sentence can be long lasting and can leave people incarcerated for years.

A successful appeal in the County Court can reduce what may have been a heavy Magistrates Court sentence into a much lighter sentence.

Where are the County Courts?

There is a County Court in the Latrobe Valley and the County Court sits on circuit in Bairnsdale and Sale. This means that a judge comes from Melbourne approximately twice a year for about 6 weeks each time.

Court Manners

A Judge sits at the County Court and his referred to as your Honour.

Legal Representation

If you have a County Court matter you will need a lawyer.

Daniel Taylor is on the specialist legal aid panels for County Court matters.  He is very experienced in dealing with serious criminal matters.

Daniel Taylor Lawyers has a reasonable fixed fee structure for all County Court matters.

You should make an appointment with Daniel now on 5152 6262 to discuss your Bairnsdale or Sale County Court matter.

Supreme Court of Victoria

The Supreme Court of Victoria is the highest Court in the Victorian jurisdiction.

Types of Cases

The Supreme Court has limited jurisdiction.  It deals with:

  • Murders
  • terrorism offences
  • appeals from the County Court or
  • certain appeals from the Magistrate Court

Daniel Taylor Lawyers is on the specialist criminal legal aid panels and has appeared personally at the Melbourne Supreme Court on behalf of his clients.

If you or a loved one has any Court matter, do not hesitate to contact Daniel Taylor Lawyers.