New and improved court services

Fair, accessible and responsive courts are essential for a well-functioning justice system.

Victoria’s courts, and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, have been under growing pressure. For a number of years, demand has outstripped capacity to respond.

To address this challenge, the Victorian Government is:

  • establishing new courts
  • upgrading facilities
  • boosting resources

This will ensure we have a functioning and responsive justice system.

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40% of new cases opened each year by Victorian community legal centres are now family violence cases. That is an increase of 490% in the last 10 years. Many victims still cannot access legal assistance to attend court or obtain an intervention order.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 6 projects and reforms under this Justice and emergency services priority. These are detailed in the Justice and emergency services sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Specialist Family Violence Courts

Family violence victims can feel exposed and put at risk being in the same space as the perpetrator. This may happen while attending court.

The specialist Family Violence Courts model means relevant court matters can be heard together. This will reduce delays and improving safety in our courts.

An important step has been taken towards implementing a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Victorian Government is providing $130.3 million to implement the specialist Family Violence Courts model at Magistrates’ Courts in:

  • Ballarat
  • Frankston
  • Shepparton
  • Moorabbin
  • Heidelberg

The courts will receive extra resources. This includes specialist support staff and security upgrades. To keep victim survivors and their families safe. Extra support workers will also be located at Melbourne Children’s Court.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 4 other priorities within the Justice and emergency services sector. They are:

Keeping Victorians safe

Building the corrections and youth justice facilities we need

Deploying ICT innovations

Enhancing public safety