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).
The County Court hears most indictable offences, including rape and other sexual offences, robbery and serious assault.
The court hears appeals from the Magistrates’ Court on conviction (i.e. ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’) and sentence (e.g. length of imprisonment).
The court can hear civil claims for an unlimited amount of damages.
The County Court has no appellate civil jurisdiction.
Original and appellate jurisdiction
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