New regulations covering most civil court fees for the Supreme Court of Victoria commenced on 30 September 2018.
The Practice Court (Common Law) of the Supreme Court of Victoria hears urgent and certain other applications in proceedings brought in the Common Law Division. Detailed information about procedure in the Practice Court (Common Law) can be found in Practice Note SC CL 10 Practice Court (Common Law). Urgent business in relation to proceedings brought in the Commercial Court are heard by the Commercial Court Duty Judge. Visit the Commercial Court for further details.
A trial judge sitting in the Practice Court (Common Law) will hear all urgent applications including:
- injunction and freezing order applications
- caveat removal applications
- applications made under the Confiscation Act 1997 (Vic) and
- the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth)
- referrals made to the practice court by an associate justice.
A trial judge sitting in the Practice Court (Common Law) will also hear some other non-urgent applications including formal matters, such as swearing in of interstate practitioners, court reporters, transcribers and interpreters, and applications under the Open Courts Act 2013 (Vic).
Urgent applications will be directly listed for hearing in the Practice Court (Common Law). Non-urgent applications will be allocated to the appropriate case management list or specialist list for hearing.
The Practice Court usually sits at 10.30am on weekdays but is available to sit at any time depending on the urgency of the application. Each case listed in the Practice Court has a maximum of two hours allocated to its hearing
Barristers are not required to robe when appearing in the Practice Court.
How do I get a date and time for a hearing in the Practice Court (Common Law)?
The form has provision for you to request specific dates for hearing of your matter. The requested dates may not always be available.
The Practice Court Coordinator will contact you via email to let you know of your confirmed date or liaise with you for alternative dates for the hearing.
All enquiries should be directed to the Practice Court coordinator, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (03) 9603 9288.
After a date for your matter has been assigned, you are required to file your Originating process (if applicable), Summons or Notice of Appeal together with a printed copy of the confirmation email you have received from the Practice Court Coordinator at the Principal Registry Level 2, 436 Lonsdale Street Melbourne.
Legal practitioners can electronically lodge court documents relating to civil cases through CITEC Confirm, the Court's electronic lodgment service, fees apply for this service, in addition to the standard Court fees payable. See CITEC's schedule of fees for more information.
If you have an urgent application before 9am or after 5pm on weekdays, or on a weekend, please contact the associate to the judge in the Practice Court on 0412 251 757 or the Practice Court Coordinator on 0419 303 981.
For listing advice, general procedural advice, or to seek a date for an urgent listing, please contact the Practice Court Coordinator during business hours.
There are other areas in the Supreme Court that deal with matters needing urgent attention please see our advice on urgent matters for more information.