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Civil Circuit list

To provide parties residing in regional Victoria with greater access to the Court, civil trials may be heard in 12 regional centres across Victoria:

  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Geelong
  • Hamilton
  • Horsham
  • Latrobe Valley (Morwell)
  • Mildura
  • Sale
  • Shepparton
  • Wangaratta
  • Warrnambool
  • Wodonga

A proceeding should be initiated in the Civil Circuit List in accordance with Practice Note SC CL 1 where the cause of action arose in regional Victoria, or where the majority of parties or witnesses reside in regional Victoria. With the exception of claims in respect of a dust disease, a proceeding should be initiated in the Civil Circuit List notwithstanding that the cause of action would otherwise bring it within the operation of another list (e.g. Personal Injuries, Major Torts).

Where the plaintiff alleges that they are suffering from a dust disease, the proceeding should be initiated in the Dust Diseases List. The proceedings will receive special management and will be fixed for trial in the relevant civil circuit.

View the Regional Circuit Court calendar

The Court may also arrange a special fixture of an individual case at a regional court outside the allocated circuit sitting period. Practitioners are encouraged to contact the Court to enquire about matters being listed outside scheduled circuit sittings.

Judge in Charge

The Honourable Justice J Forrest

Associate Judge in Charge

The Honourable Associate Justice Daly

Management of cases

Practitioners should consult Practice Note SC CL 1 for information on the management of cases in the List. 

The following table provides key dates for the 2017 civil circuits:

Circuit 2017 Sittings begin 2017 sittings end Mediations by Last date for post-mediation directions Callover

Bendigo

 

31 January 24 February 17 November 2016 2 December 2016 16 December 2016

Latrobe Valley

 

20 February 3 March 17 November 2016 2 December 2016 1 February 2017

Geelong

 

14 March 7 April 20 January 2017 3 February 2017 28 February 2017

Warrnambool

 

24 April 19 May 17 February 2017 3 March 2017 30 March 2017

Sale

 

8 May 26 May 24 March 2017 7 April 2017 Mid April 2017

Wangaratta

 

22 May 23 June 24 March 2017 7 April 2017 Early May 2017

Mildura

 

17 July 11 August 26 May 2017 2 June 2017 Late June 2017

Geelong

 

31 July 25 August 19 May 2017 2 June 2017 Mid July 2017

Horsham

 

31 July 18 August 19 May 2017 2 June 2017 Mid July 2017

Latrobe Valley

 

14 August 8 September 19 May 2017 2 June 2017 Late July 2017

Bendigo

 

28 August 22 September 21 July 2017 4 August 2017 Early August 2017

Hamilton

 

4 September 22 September 21 July 2017 4 August 2017 Mid August 2017

Ballarat

 

25 September 20 October 21 July 2017 4 August 2017 Early September 2017

Warrnambool

 

25 September 20 October 21 July 2017 4 August 2017 Early September 2017

Latrobe Valley

 

23 October 3 November 18 August 2017 1 September 2017 Early October 2017

Wodonga

 

20 November 15 December 22 September 2017 6 October 2017 Early November 2017

 

Further information and resources

Notices

Forms

Contact details

Practitioners are encouraged to contact Carla Stephens, Registry Lawyer, via email, carla.stephens@supcourt.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9603 9391

Minutes of proposed consent orders should be emailed to civil.circuits@supremecourt.vic.gov.au, copying orders@supremecourt.vic.gov.au.

Enquiries concerning criminal circuit matters should be directed to criminaldivision@supremecourt.vic.gov.au

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