Australia's only community justice court, NJC's court focuses on breaking the cycle of offending through therapeutic interventions and practical solutions.

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre operates a Magistrates’ Court and Children’s Court (criminal division).

Serving only the City of Yarra, an inner-city municipality of Melbourne and part of the Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria, each year the NJC's court hears around 3,200 matters across criminal matters from the minor to serious.

The court hears:

  • Contest mentions
  • Pleas
  • Deferrals
  • Breaches of orders

Lengthy contest matters are transferred to the central Magistrates' Court, with the option to be referred back to the NJC for sentencing.  

Sex offences are sent to the central court as the centre is used by the wider community for non-court activities.