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The Court is providing guidance for those practising in civil and criminal proceedings in the current coronavirus (COVID-19) environment.

Guidance for civil proceedings affected by coronavirus
Guidance for criminal proceedings affected by coronavirus

Changes to affidavits

Affidavits and exhibits must be filed as a single paginated document with a maximum one exhibit , or bundle exhibit if more than one document is referred to in the affidavit . A template is available. Read more about the changes.


Documents for cases in the trial division of the Supreme Court of Victoria can be filed in the following ways:

All applications and subsequent documents filed with the Probate office are to be filed electronically via RedCrest-Probate.

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eFiling - legal practitioners can eFile all court documents for civil cases using the Court's electronic filing and case management system, RedCrest

Filing - 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.

  • 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.
    • 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.