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Welcome to Court Network

Court Network was established in 1980, in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran in a small court when Carmel Benjamin AM saw a gap in the justice system for a service providing support, information and referral.  The service has grown significantly since with volunteers in almost every court in Victoria.  In 2006 the service expanded to Queensland in the Brisbane CBD courts and in 2010 to Cairns and Townsville. 


Court Network is a unique court support service operating throughout Victoria and Queensland.  We are the only court based service explicitly and solely concerned with the needs of court users.  Information, support and referral services are provided by over 400 trained volunteers supporting:  


  • Victims of crime
  • People accused of crime
  • Families, adults and children who attend court and require support
  • Adults and children who have been violated or exploited by crime
  • Litigants who have little or no support
Court Network has volunteers in the following courts:



  • Melbourne Supreme Court
  • Brisbane Supreme and District Courts
  • County Court
  • Brisbane Magistrates' Court
  • Coroners Court
  • Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT)
  • Family Court
  • Townsville Supreme, District and Magistrates' Courts
  • Children's Court
  • Cairns Supreme, District and Magistrates' Courts
  • Melbourne and District Magistrates' Courts
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

To view Court Network's Statement of Purposes and Rules, click here.

To view Court Network's Privacy Policy, click here.


Victim Support Unit

If you are a victim of a crime, a witness to a crime or someone support a victim, help is available from the Victim Support Unit.  This special assistance is provided by a dedicated group of professionally supported volunters called Victim Support Unit Networkers who are trained to assist you before, during and after the court proceedings.

More information for Victims or Witnesses

More information for Agencies


Court Network launches new written resource!

Court Network has received a grant of funding through the Legal Services Board Grants Program to produce a new written resource for ‘People Attending a Final Hearing in the Family Law Courts without a lawyer’. This resource is part of a wider project in the Melbourne Registries of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia in assisting unrepresented litigants in their Final Hearing stage, in matters involving children. Click here to view the written resource.

For service providers and legal professionals wishing to refer unrepresented litigants in to the Court Network program ‘Responding to the Increased Support Needs of Unrepresented Litigants’ click here to download a referral form. 



Court Network's 2013-14 Annual Report

Court Network's Annual Report for 2013-14 is available to view here



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