Practice Notes provide information about particular aspects of the Court's practice, procedure and organisation. They sit alongside the Rules of Court to provide guidance in relation to the conduct of proceedings. Lawyers with the conduct of proceedings are expected to be familiar with their content and act in accordance with that guidance unless directed otherwise.

From 30 January 2017 the Court introduces a new system of publishing and organising its Practice Notes to make them easier to locate and navigate and ensure the information provided is up to date.

Each Practice Note is designated with the letter "SC" followed by an abbreviation denoting the Division of the Court to which it applies or the General designation followed by a number.

SC CA Court of Appeal
SC CC Commercial Court
SC CL Common Law Division
SC CR Criminal Division
SC GEN General

Where changes are made to a Practice Note, it will retain its designation. The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.

Notices to the Profession provide information to practitioners about matters of a more temporal nature such as advising which judges are responsible for which specialist lists for the year; reminders to the profession about certain rules and practices if it appears there is confusion or non-compliance and notices from the Prothonotary or a Registrar about a matter of registry practice.

Showing 1 - 10 of 82 results
Practice note Division Date of publication Documents

Notice to the Profession - Launch of RedCrest-Probate - 1 July 2020

The Supreme Court has undergone enormous changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now in a position to launch RedCrest-Probate effective from 1 July 2020.
General Launch of RedCrest-Probate (pdf 69.85KB)

Notice to the Profession - Urgent Applications in the Commercial Court - COVID-19

The Principal Judge of the Commercial Court has authorised the issue of the following notice in regards to urgent applications in the Commercial Court as affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - Commercial Court urgent matters (pdf 182.82KB)

Notice to the Profession - Practice Court (Common Law) - COVID-19

The Principal Judge of the Common Law Division has authorised the issue of the following notice in regards to Practice Court (Common Law) due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - Practice Court - Common Law (pdf 139.80KB)

Notice to the Profession - Changes to the Probate office

The Court is introducing a suite of changes to its processes and procedures in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - Changes to the Probate Office (pdf 265.16KB)

Notice to the Profession - Advice on temporary changes to Costs Court practice

Advice on temporary changes to Costs Court practice as of 30 March 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes to Costs Court Practice will now apply from 30 March 2020.
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - Advice on temporary changes to Costs Court practice (pdf 138.24KB)

SC CL 7 Testators Family Maintenance List (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in the Testators Family Maintenance List. The List is a case management list within the Common Law Division of the Court.
Common Law Division CL 7 - Testators Family Maintenance (docx 61.03KB) CL 7 - Testators Family Maintenance (pdf 170.76KB)

Notice to the Profession - Application by a party to stream Criminal Proceedings in the Trial Division

This notice relates to applications by a party to stream a plea or sentencing hearing in the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession on Streaming (pdf 401.16KB)

Notice to the Profession - Institutional Liability List

The purpose of this Notice is to provide updated guidance to practitioners and litigants when commencing certain proceedings in respect of damages for personal injury arising out of the alleged abuse…
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - Institutional Liability List (pdf 269.53KB)

SC GEN 6 Judicial Mediation Guidelines (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to set out the guidelines for the referral of civil proceedings to judicial mediation and the procedures for the conduct of judicial mediations.
General Practice note SC Gen 6 - Judicial Mediation (docx 60.22KB) Practice note SC Gen 6 - Judicial Mediation (pdf 152.40KB)

Notice to practitioners - Probate online

The Supreme Court will be introducing a new online system that will enable all applications for grants of Representation to be filed online.
General Notice to Practitioners 2019 - Probate Online (docx 38.59KB) Notice to Practitioners 2019 - Probate Online (pdf 120.42KB)