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Major torts

Any proceeding which is primarily of a tortious nature may be entered in the Major Torts List, including any associated proceeding that derives from tortious conduct. This List is designed to facilitate and expedite the passage of large or otherwise significant tortious claims to trial.

Proceedings managed in this list include:

  • all defamation proceedings
  • claims involving catastrophic personal injury
  • complex personal injury proceedings involving three or more defendants or third parties
  • complex tortious claims for economic loss or property damage involving multiple claims, or three or more defendants or third parties
  • complex tortious claims involving multiple plaintiffs
  • class actions where the predominant cause of action is based in tort
  • tortious claims of significant public interest.

Prior to initiating proceedings in the Major Torts List, practitioners should consider whether the proceeding should be initiated in the Personal Injuries List or Dust Diseases List.

Notwithstanding the above, proceedings in which the cause of action arose in regional Victoria or where the majority of witnesses or parties reside in regional Victoria should be initiated in the Civil Circuit List.

Judge in Charge 

The Honourable Justice John Dixon

Associate Judge in Charge 


Management of cases

The Judge in Charge will give directions for the management of a proceeding in this List at a first directions hearing. The Court will contact the parties within 14 days after the filing of the first defence, and no summons for directions is necessary. All interlocutory applications are to be made by summons returnable before the Judge in Charge on a List directions day (see below for dates).

Practitioners should consult Practice Note No. 4 of 2015 for detailed guidance on how proceedings in the Major Torts List are managed.

Directions dates - 2016

Month First Second Third
February 12 25  
March 11 23  
April 15 22  
May 6 20  
June 10 24  
July 15 29  
August 12 26  
September 9 23 30
October 21    
November 4 18  
December 2 16  

Directions dates - 2017

Month First Second Third
February 3 17  
March 3 17 31
April 12 28  
May 12 26  
June 9 23  
July 21    
August 4 18  
September 1 15 22
October 20    
November 3 10 17
December 1 15  

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For more information see judicial contacts.

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