Guides and information to assist you if you are representing yourself in the Supreme Court of Victoria

Representing yourself in court

Representing yourself in court means you take responsibility for the tasks that a lawyer would otherwise do. If you are representing yourself, you are known as a self-represented litigant (SRL). If you are considering representing yourself in the Supreme Court, this section will help you understand your obligations, follow our processes and to find the resources you need.

The Court has produced a number of guides that you can use throughout the legal process. Each guide provides information on the forms needed, which part of the Supreme Court hears your type of case, Court fees and where to get more information and support.

Start a civil proceeding

A civil proceeding is a proceeding that is not related to a criminal matter. This guide offers you information on how to start a civil proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

View the guide - Start a civil proceeding.

Defend a civil proceeding

A civil proceeding is a proceeding that is not related to a criminal matter. This guide offers you information on how to defend a civil proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

View the guide - Defend a civil proceeding.

Appeal or review a decision

Appeals are heard in the Trial Division of the Supreme Court or in the Court of Appeal, depending on who made the original decision.

We have guides for how to represent yourself in court if you want to review or appeal a decision, request a judicial review or if you would like to request a review of your solicitor ’s bill.

View the Appeal or Review a Decision page to find the correct guide.

Need more help? 

The Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator can also give information and guidance on Court procedures. They are not allowed to give legal advice.