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Legislation relating to arrest

Links to the Act and regulations about arrest.

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

This Act sets out the most serious offences and the maximum fine or term of imprisonment under Victorian law. Most of the offences in the Crimes Act are indictable offences. Indictable offences are usually those with a maximum penalty of 5 years jail, or more.

See Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic)

This Act governs minor Victorian offences that can be treated summarily.

See Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic)

This Act deals with the powers of courts to sentence offenders.

See Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)

This Act sets out the Human Rights Charter (the Charter) which obliges public authorities to take into consideration when they are making decis ions. It also gives the courts the power to interpret and apply legislation in accordance with human rights that are set out in the Charter.

Parliament must also consider whether legislation complies with the Charter when it is making new laws.

See Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Magistrates' Court Act 1989 (Vic)

This Act establishes the Magistrates' Court of Victoria and outlines the law relating to its jurisdiction and procedures.

See Magistrates' Court Act 1989 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)

This Act codifies the general principles of criminal responsibility under laws of the Commonwealth. It contains all the general principles of criminal responsibility tha t apply to any offence, irrespective of how the offence is created.

See Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)(opens in a new window).