Victoria's legal system

Understand which laws apply in Victoria and who’s who in the legal sector.


There are many different people and organisations that make up Victoria’s legal sector, working together to provide a fair and accessible justice system for all Victorians.

Victoria's laws come from several different sources — the Australian Constitution, Victorian and federal legislation, and common law.

Courts and tribunals apply the law in Victoria and throughout Australia.

Many government bodies and institutions deal with the law and law-related matters - here are some of the most significant.

Victoria is home to many statutory and independent bodies that offer free or low-cost legal services.

Before old laws are amended or new laws are made, a number of organisations and bodies undertake considerable consultation, research and planning.

In Victoria, legal professionals work across many organisations and bodies, as well as providing advice and appearing in court.

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