The County Court of Victoria (formally 'the County Court') was established in 1852 by the County Courts Act 1852. The court has jurisdiction in the State of Victoria, Australia. Its role has since changed significantly.
The Victorian County Court (which holds the same level of seniority as the District Courts in other states except Tasmania) was formed in 1852 as the court for the County of Bourke. It was modelled on the British County Courts which had been established in 1846. The Court's principal purpose was to handle small civil claims, and eventually this role evolved (with the partnering of the Court of General Sessions) into both civil and criminal jurisdiction in 1968. Since that time, the Court's jurisdiction has increased considerably.
The civil jurisdiction of the County Court (in Victoria) extends to:
All claims for personal and non-personal injuries and losses, irrespective of the amount claimed.
Claims against municipal councils for loss or injury sustained while upon or using roads, land, buildings under the control of the council or municipality.
Actions where jurisdiction is specifically conferred on the County Court by a statute. The list includes: the Administration and Probate Act, the Adoption Act, the Cluster Titles Act, the Property Law Act, the Settled Land Act, the Strata......