Commencing a Proceeding
The methods available for commencing proceedings are governed by legislation and the Supreme Court Rules. These include writ, originating motion, affidavit and other originating process. Supreme Court Registry staff may be able to provide some procedural guidance, but the decision about the appropriate way to commence a particular proceeding must be made by the plaintiff.
Registry staff cannot provide legal advice, but can provide advice on procedure. For general enquiries please ring 9603 9300.
People who require legal advice should contact a legal practitioner. It is desirable to obtain such advice from a solicitor with expertise in the area of concern.
If necessary, the Law Institute of Victoria or the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) can assist in directing people to solicitors. In special financial circumstances, and where a case has special merit or is seen to be in the public interest, it is possible that a lawyer might be able to represent a party in a proceeding.
There are also Community Legal Centres where qualified lawyers can give free legal advice. However, Community Legal Centre lawyers will not represent people in Court. Registry staff can assist with providing details of appropriate Community Legal Centres.
Legal Aid is funded on strict criteria and will not normally be able to assist in civil proceedings.
Please note that the Registry does not provide copies of Court Forms or documents.
Supreme Court of Victoria - Registry
Level 2, 436 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: 03 9603 9300
Fax: 03 9603 9400
Office hours: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Web Links and Legislation
- County Court of Victoria (External link)
- Family Court of Australia (External link)
- Federation of Community Legal Centres (External link)
- Law Institute Victoria (External link)
- National Pro Bono Resource Centre (External link)
- Public Interest Law Clearing House (External link)
- Victoria Legal Aid (External link)
- Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) (External link)