Appellate Crime

We strive to maintain client and public confidence in the criminal justice system by ensuring that cases demonstrating legal errors and miscarriages of justice can be tested by higher courts through expert representation and by contributing to the development of the law through senior appellate courts.

Indictable Crime

We aim to achieve timely and appropriate outcomes for people facing serious criminal charges by providing high quality expert legal advice and representation and by influencing the criminal justice system to be efficient, fair and respectful to accused people.

Sexual Offences

We provide specialist legal advice and representation to people facing sexual offence charges in all courts, specialist duty lawyer services at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and expert assistance to people who are responding to applications pursuant to the Serious Sex Offender (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 (Vic). We also apply our specialist knowledge and experience to law reform and policy development, to promote fair and just outcomes in sexual offence cases.

Summary Crime

We help people charged with summary crimes to achieve timely and appropriate outcomes by targeting finite resources to a range of interventions based on need, and by influencing the criminal justice system to be efficient, fair and respectful to accused people.

Youth Crime

We ensure that children charged with crimes are treated fairly and that outcomes have a therapeutic focus by providing expert legal advice and representation in a way that reflects the unique status and vulnerability of children.

Operating expenditure

Sub-program Operating expenditure % of total expenditure
Appellate Crime $2.9 million 2.1%
Indictable Crime $18.7 million 13.5%
Sexual Offences $7.8 million 5.6%
Summary Crime $32.3 million 23.3%
Youth Crime $9.8 million 7.1%
Criminal Law program $71.5 million 51.6%