CHANGES IN THE COURT OF APPEAL
From 30 September 2019, electronic filing (eFiling) using the online portal RedCrest, was introduced.
Other changes included:
- the introduction of a longer civil appeal period, of 42 days for most types of appeals
- the introduction of eFiling using the Supreme Court’s RedCrest portal. This applies to documents in all new and existing civil and criminal proceedings, subject to some exceptions (such as civil application books and combined folders of authorities)
Updated Court rules, Court of Appeal Practice Notes and Registrar ’s Notes also came into effect.
In the lead up to 30 September 2019, the Court held public information sessions. Click here to view the presentation for the criminal division and here for the civil division.
To view the list of what can and cannot be filed in the Court of Appeal criminal division click here or civil division click here.
MORTGAGE RECOVERY LIST
From 30 September 2019, a new Mortgage Recovery List will be established in the Commercial Court.
The List will be managed by Judicial Registrar Matthews. Further information is available in the Notice to the Profession.
From this date, there will also be some changes to the way Court users file some new proceedings in the Commercial Court on RedCrest. Please refer to the Filing in Commercial Court Proceedings guide for more information on updated filing processes.
HOW TO FILE DOCUMENTS WITH THE COURT
Documents for cases in the trial division of the Supreme Court of Victoria can be filed in the following ways:
COMMERCIAL COURT, COMMON LAW DIVISION AND COSTS COURT
- eFiling - legal practitioners can eFile all court documents for civil cases using the Court's electronic filing and case management system, RedCrest
- in person - visit the Supreme Court Registry at Level 2, 436 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
- by mail
- eFiling - From 29 January 2019, all documents to be filed in a proceeding in the Criminal Division must be efiled in RedCrest except for:
- trial and plea exhibits;
- any documents relating to applications under the:
- Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth);
- Corrections Act 1986 (Vic);
- Crime (Assumed Identities) Act 2004 (Vic);
- Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic);
- Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004 (Vic);
- Service and Execution of Process Act 1992 (Cth);
- Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Vic);
- Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 (Vic);
- Witness Protection Act 1991 (Vic).
This includes proceedings initiated prior to 29 January 2019, which will remain as paper files.
COURT OF APPEAL
- eFiling – From 30 September 2019, 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 on a USB);
- civil combined folders of authorities (to be filed in hardcopy and electronically on a USB);
- criminal transcripts and exhibits; or
- 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.