Group Proceedings (also referred to as Class Actions) involve claims brought on behalf of seven or more plaintiffs arising out of the same, similar or related circumstances. Where the claims raise substantial common factual and legal questions of a commercial nature, these proceedings should be initiated in the Commercial Court, and will be managed and determined by a Commercial Court Judge.

Some examples of Class Actions which are appropriately initiated and dealt with in the Commercial Court include: shareholder actions (securities class actions), managed investment scheme proceedings, disputes concerning commercial contracts, and matters involving banks or financial institutions.