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The Court of Appeal hears appeals from criminal and civil cases decided in the Supreme Court Trial Division and County Court, and some appeals from the Magistrates' Court (when constituted by the Chief Magistrate) and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (when constituted by the President or a Vice President). 

Most appeals require permission from the Court of Appeal before they can be heard. This is called ‘leave to appeal’. 

There are two types of appeals the Court of Appeal hears, these are:

  • Criminal appeals (Appeals in relation to criminal trial, conviction or sentence).
  • Civil appeals (Appeals in relation to civil decisions made by the Victorian Lower Courts).
Please note

There is a time limit on appealing a decision to the Court of Appeal. Different time limits apply depending on the type of decision you are appealing. 

Judges of the Court of Appeal

The President of the Court of Appeal is the Honourable Justice Emerton. 

See a full list of judges of the Supreme Court.

All communications with the Court of Appeal must be directed to the Registry. Parties must not communicate directly with Court of Appeal judges or their chambers.

The Court of Appeal is supported by a team of administrative and legal staff who work in the Court of Appeal Registry. The Registry is responsible for the administrative functions of the Court of Appeal. The Registry also provides support services to the judiciary, the legal profession and the public.  The Registry can provide information about appeal procedure to practitioners and people representing themselves in Court (self-represented litigants).  

Court of Appeal registry staff cannot give legal advice. If you need legal advice, see the Court’s guide to free and low-cost legal help

All documents to be filed in a Civil and Criminal Appeals proceeding in the Court of Appeal must be eFiled in RedCrest except for:

  • Civil application/appeal books (to be filed in hardcopy and electronically via the Courts secure document exchange site).
  • Civil combined folders of authorities (to be filed in hardcopy and electronically via the Courts secure document exchange site).
  • Criminal transcripts and exhibits.
  • Where a party has been directed to file in a different way.

Practitioners are encouraged to contact the Court of Appeal Registry should they require clarification regarding sensitive documents, particularly where they were directed not to be filed electronically in the lower court.

The Court of Appeal regularly goes ‘on circuit’. A circuit is where the Court hears proceedings at a location other than its Melbourne CBD courtrooms. 

Each year, the Court of Appeal goes on circuit to locations across regional Victoria. See the regional circuit court calendar

While most hearings are open to the public, from June 2017 the Court of Appeal has trialled making audio-visual recordings of some hearings publicly available through this website to enable greater transparency and accessibility. Where appropriate, the corresponding notice of appeal or application for leave to appeal, and parties’ written cases, are also published to provide context. 

To access available webcasts and corresponding documents, visit Court of Appeal proceedings

Further information on the webcasting of criminal matters is contained in the Notice to Profession – Pilot webcasting of proceedings.

The Court of Appeal provides quarterly data on the gender of counsel appearing in criminal and civil applications and appeals. It does not include appearances:

  • When an application is heard by a single judge.
  • At directions hearings.
  • At judgment hand downs.

View the latest Court of Appeal data on gender of counsel.

Where matters are heard

The Court of Appeal is located at 459 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne. Its courtrooms are in a magnificent heritage building, formerly the Crown Law Offices. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Court. 

See information on court locations

See information on attending Court

Court of Appeal Registry - temporary closure of 436 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne. 

Please phone 8600 2001 to discuss alternatives to in-person attendance. To access in-person support, please attend the registry counter at 450 Little Bourke Street. 

Email correspondence is preferred with all parties included as recipients. See Practice Note SC Gen 4 Custom and Protocol

All emails to the Court of Appeal registry must be sent to pbnertvfgel@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@yrtsigeraoc

For all Court of Appeal registry contact details, see contact us