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The Practice Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria hears urgent applications that need not, or cannot (due to availability), be made to a judge sitting in any of the Supreme Court specialist lists.
The following matters are heard by a trial judge in the Practice Court:
- interlocutory and final injunction applications
- caveat removal applications
- confiscation, restraining and exclusion applications and other applications made under the Confiscation Act 1997 (Vic)
- applications made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth)
- applications for a freezing order
- applications for a search order (anton piller)
- appeals against an order of an associate justice
- referrals made to the practice court by an associate justice.
The Practice Court usually sits at 10.30am on weekdays but is available to sit at any time depending on the urgency of the application. Each case listed in the Practice Court has a maximum of two hours allocated to its hearing
Barristers are not required to robe when appearing in the Practice Court.
Urgent applications – after hours
If you have an urgent application before 9am or after 5pm on weekdays, or on a weekend, please contact the associate to the judge in the Practice Court on 0412 251 757 or 0419 303 981.
How do I get a date and time for the Practice Court?
The form has provision for you to request specific dates for hearing of your matter. The requested dates may not always be available.
The Practice court coordinator will contact you via email to let you know of your confirmed date or liaise with you for alternative dates for the hearing.
All enquiries should be directed to the Practice Court coordinator, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (03) 9603 9288.
After a date for your matter has been assigned, you are required to file your Originating process (if applicable), Summons or Notice of appeal together with a printed copy of the confirmation email you have received from the Practice Court coordinator at the Principal Registry Level 2, 436 Lonsdale Street Melbourne.
Legal practitioners can electronically lodge court documents relating to civil cases through CITEC Confirm (External link), the Court’s electronic lodgment service, fees apply for this service, in addition to the standard Court fees payable. See CITEC’s schedule of fees (External link) for more information.
For listing advice, general procedural advice, or to seek a date for an urgent listing, please contact the Practice Court Coordinator during business hours.
There are other areas in the Supreme Court that deal with matters needing urgent attention please see our advice on urgent matters for more information.