Lethbridges Barristers & Solicitors

















About The Law

The law and the justice system can be very complex. The process and language can be confusing, particularly when you are dealing with the stress of facing legal action.

It is critical that you get legal advice and representation as soon as possible if you are suspected or accused of a crime.

We will keep you informed of what is happening at every stage of your case. We will explain the process and ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities.

The following information gives an overview of Victoria’s criminal justice system, defines some terms that you are likely to hear, and provides advice on when to contact a lawyer.

Criminal law overview

Types of charges

  • Summary offences
  • Indictable offences triable summarily
  • Indictable offences

The courts

  • Magistrates’ Court
  • County Court
  • Supreme Court

The language (glossary)

When to contact us

If you are arrested

Going to court

  • Summary offences
  • Indictable offences
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