This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of the law governing the procedures for prosecuting offenders against state and commonwealth law in Victoria. The statute law is stated as available when the Victorian Parliament rose prior to the Victorian state election in November 2014. Case law takes account of key Victorian Court of Appeal judgments delivered up to 22 December 2014 when the court handed down its first sentencing Guideline Judgment. It deals with sources and classifications of law, jurisdiction, machinery of federal and state prosecutions, prosecutorial discretion, representation and legal aid, courts exercising state and federal criminal jurisdiction, contempt, arrest, search and seizure, charges, bail, indictment, procedure in summary prosecutions, committal proceedings, jury trials, sentencing options under state and commonwealth law, and appeals in criminal matters. Its aim is to be a practical aid for police, legal practitioners, magistrates, judges, corrections officials and others involved in the administration of criminal justice in Victoria as well as a useful reference for libraries, and a helpful guide for law and legal studies students.