In the Children, Youth and Families A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 2005 (Vic) (‘CYF Act’) (s 3), ‘proceeding’ means:
any matter in the An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate., including a committal proceeding, but does not include the exercise by a The officer in charge of the administrative section of a court, which is known as the registry. See also prothonotary. of any The authority of a court or tribunal to hear matters brought before it, based on some factor such as area or law, amount of money claimed, or geographic area., power or authority vested in the registrar under schedule 3.
For criminal cases, ‘child’ is defined as (s 3 CYF Act):
a person who at the time of the Claimed but not proved. For example, the police can allege in court that a car was stolen, but they then have to prove it with evidence. If you say a person did something illegal you are making an allegation. Unless you can back it up, you will not be able to win a court case about it. commission of the A criminal act prohibited by state or commonwealth criminal law. An offence is either a summary offence (minor) or an indictable offence (serious). was under the age of 18 years but of or above the age of 10 years but does not include any person who is of or above the age of 19 years when a proceeding for the offence is commenced in the court.
For all non-criminal cases, a child is defined as a person under 17 years old.
For the purposes of this chapter, the terms ‘child’ and ‘young person’ are used interchangeably and accord with the above definition unless specified to the contrary.
The ‘president’ of the Children’s Court is the head of the court and is a judge of the County Court. The president hears cases in the same way as magistrates at the court.