County Court jurisdiction

The County Court is the second lowest court in the Victorian court hierarchy, directly above the Magistrates’ Court and directly below the Supreme Court (Trial Division).

Original criminal jurisdiction

The County Court hears most indictable offences, including rape and other sexual offences, robbery and serious assault.

Appellate criminal jurisdiction

The court hears appeals from the Magistrates’ Court on conviction (i.e. ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’) and sentence (e.g. length of imprisonment).

Original civil jurisdiction

The court can hear civil claims for an unlimited amount of damages.

Appellate civil jurisdiction

The County Court has no appellate civil jurisdiction.

See also:

Original and appellate jurisdiction