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

View the Regional Circuit Court calendar

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.

It may be possible to arrange a special fixture of an individual case at a regional court outside the allocated circuit sitting period. Practitioners should make relevant enquiries via the List e-mail address below.

Judge in Charge

The Honourable Justice Andrew Keogh

Judicial Registrar

Judicial Registrar Clayton

Management of cases

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

Parties are encouraged to seek consent orders 'on the papers' concerning the trial date and interlocutory timetable. Requests for such orders are to be made using the Request for Consent Orders - First Directions - Circuit Personal Injury Claim

Fast Track Pilot - Motor Vehicle Accident Damages Proceedings

The Common Law Division has introduced a 'Fast-Track Pilot' case management procedure for single defendant , quantum only motor vehicle accident proceedings where the parties have engaged in pre-litigation alternative dispute resolution processes pursuant to the Transport Accident Act Common Law Protocols.

The Fast Track Pilot commenced on 1 January 2019 and is aimed at expediting the hearing and determination of such matters. For eligibility criteria and case management procedures, see the Notice to Profession - Fast Track Pilot - Motor Vehicle Accident Damages Proceedings.

2019 Common Law Divsion Civil Circuit Sittings

The following table provides key dates for the 2019 civil circuits:

Circuit 2019 Sittings begin 2019 sittings end Mediations by Last date for post-mediation directions Callover

Ballarat

29 July 23 August 14 June 2019 20 June 2019 Mid July 2019

Horsham

29 July 16 August 14 June 2019 20 June 2019 Mid July 2019

Latrobe Valley

12 August 6 September 12 July 2019 18 July 2019 Late July 2019

Shepparton

26 August 20 September 12 July 2019 18 July 2019 Early August 2019

Geelong

26 August 20 September 12 July 2019 18 July 2019 Early August 2019

Hamilton

2 September 20 September 26 July 2019 1 August 2019 Mid August 2019

Bendigo

7 October 1 November 30 August 2019 5 September 2019 Mid September 2019

Warrnambool

21 October 15 November 13 September 2019 19 September 2019 Early October 2019

Wodonga

18 November 13 December 27 September 2019 3 October 2019 Late October 2019

 

2020 Common Law Divsion Civil Circuit Sittings

The following table provides key dates for the 2020 civil circuits:

Circuit 2020 Sittings begin 2020 sittings end

Shepparton

28 January 21 February

Latrobe Valley

10 February 6 March

Geelong

17 February 13 March

Bendigo

9 March 3 April

Warrnambool

20 April 15 May

Sale

4 May 22 May

Wangaratta

18 May 12 June

Mildura

1 June 26 June

Ballarat

13 July 7 August

Horsham

27 July 14 August

Latrobe Valley

27 July 21 August

Shepparton

24 August 18 September

Geelong

24 August 11 September

Hamilton

31 August 18 September

Bendigo

5 October 30 October

Warrnambool

26 October 20 November

Wodonga

23 November 18 December

 

Further information and resources

Notices

Forms

Seminars & Speeches

Contact details

Communications in relation to the Civil Circuit List should be directed to pvivy.pvephvgf@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@stiucric.livic .  

Enquiries concerning criminal circuit matters should be directed to pevzvanyqvivfvba@fhcerzrpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocemerpus@noisividlanimirccriminaldivision@supcourt.vic.gov.au