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The Neighbourhood Justice Centre Court seeks to help improve the safety of the community by focusing on the rehabilitation of offenders and by aiming to develop increased stability for offenders as well as providing assistance in reintegrating them into the community. At the centre's Court, the Magistrate hears a variety of civil and criminal cases - all resolved in the one courtroom.


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In this innovative approach, a single magistrate hears a full range of matters that affect our local community. This gives the magistrate an in-depth understanding of justice issues in the City of Yarra and it informs our work in the community.

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre Court is open to the public and operates Monday to Friday.

The court sits as a:

  • Magistrates' Court - for intervention orders and criminal matters (except committals and sexual offences) and for civil matters and family law matters - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Children's Court (Criminal Division) - First Friday of the month
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) - Tuesday, Thursday evening (from  4:30pm twilight session) and Friday
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) - hearings listed as required

If you live in the City of Yarra your case may be heard at the NJC. Indigenous people with a strong connection  to the area may also have their cases heard at the NJC if they are alleged to have committed an offence in the City of Yarra.

Homeless people can also have their case heard at the NJC, if the alleged offence took place in the City of Yarra or if the person is residing in short-term accommodation in the City of Yarra.

Coming to Watch Court? 

Like other courts, the NJC Court is open to the public and we welcome visitors to come and watch the court in session. Here are a few guidelines:

  • You can take notes and sketches as you observe the proceedings.
  • No recording is permitted and electronic devices such as mobile phones, cameras and other recording devices should be switched off before you enter the court.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed in the courtroom. There is a café on Level 1 and eating and drinking are permitted in the foyer. For smokers there is an outside area on the ground floor and a balcony on the first floor where smoking is allowed.
  • It is customary to bow to the Magistrate if walking into the courtroom while the court is in session. Visitors should also follow the directions of the bench court, for example the bench clerk may say ‘all stand’ when the Magistrate enters the courtroom.





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Reviewed: 29/7/2016 © 2017 State Government of Victoria