About the Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal hears appeals from criminal and civil cases decided in the County Court or Supreme Court Trial Division, and some appeals from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Most appeals require permission from the Court of Appeal before they can be heard. This is called ‘leave to appeal ’.
There is a time limit on appealing a decision to the Court of Appeal. Different time limits apply depending on the type of decision you are appealing.
For information on criminal appeals, visit Criminal appeals.
For information on civil appeals, visit Civil appeals.
The President of the Court of Appeal is the Hon. Chris Maxwell AC.
See a full list of judges of the Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeal is supported by a team of administrative and legal staff who work in the Court of Appeal Registry. The Registry is responsible for the administrative functions of the Court of Appeal. The Registry also provides support services to the judiciary, the legal profession and the public.
The Registry can provide information about appeal procedure to practitioners and people representing themselves in Court (self-represented litigants).
Registry staff are not allowed to give legal advice. If you need legal advice, see our information on free and low-cost legal help.
All communications with the Court of Appeal must be made to the Registry. Parties must not communicate directly with Court of Appeal judges or their chambers.
For Court of Appeal Registry contact details, see contact us.
Communicating with the Court of Appeal
All communications with the Court of Appeal must be directed to the Registry. Parties must not communicate directly with Court of Appeal judges or their chambers.
Email correspondence is preferred with all parties included as recipients. See Practice Note SC Gen 4, Custom and Protocol.
All emails to the Court of Appeal registry must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org@yrtsigeraoc .
For all Court of Appeal registry contact details, see contact us.
The Court of Appeal is located at 459 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne. Its courtrooms are in a magnificent heritage building, formerly the Crown Law Offices. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Court.
See information on court locations.
See information on attending Court.
The Court of Appeal regularly goes ‘on circuit’. A circuit is where the Court hears proceedings at a location other than its Melbourne CBD courtrooms.
Each year, the Court of Appeal goes on circuit to locations across regional Victoria. See the regional circuit court calendar.
Court of Appeal data on gender of counsel
The Court of Appeal provides quarterly data on the gender of counsel appearing in criminal and civil applications and appeals. It does not include appearances:
- when an application is heard by a single judge
- at directions hearings, or
- at judgment hand downs.
Webcast of proceedings
While most hearings are open to the public, from June 2017 the Court of Appeal has trialled making audio-visual recordings of some hearings publicly available through this website to enable greater transparency and accessibility. Where appropriate, the corresponding notice of appeal or application for leave to appeal, and parties’ written cases, are also published to provide context.
To access available webcasts and corresponding documents, visit Court of Appeal proceedings.
Further information on the webcasting of criminal matters is contained in the Notice to Profession – Pilot webcasting of proceedings.