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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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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.

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Notice to the Profession-Probate Office-original wills stored in solicitors' offices

The Stage 4 public health restrictions require most legal practitioners to work from home. The Court is conscious that original wills may be stored at solicitors’ offices. In order to facilitate the…
Notice to the Profession Notice to the profession - COVID-19 Original Wills (pdf 122.24KB)

SC CR 7 Expert reports on mental functioning of offenders

This Practice Note was issued on 30 March 2017 and will apply to sentencing hearings in the Supreme Court and the County Court commenced on or after 1 July 2017, but only to expert evidence which…
Criminal Division SC CR 7 Expert reports on mental functioning of offenders (docx 74.03KB) SC CR 7 Expert reports on mental functioning of offenders (pdf 235.90KB)

SC CR 6 Applications in the Criminal Division

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in relation to applications listed in paragraph 4.1 of this Note, or of a similar nature, or are related to an…
Criminal Division SC CR 6 Applications in the Criminal Division (docx 52.60KB) SC CR 6 Applications in the Criminal Division (pdf 138.99KB)

SC CR 5 Crimes Mental Impairment

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in applications and reviews heard under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997. Applications…
Criminal Division SC CR 5 Crimes Mental Impairment (docx 54.31KB) SC CR 5 Crimes Mental Impairment (pdf 130.91KB)

SC CL 10 Practice Court (Common Law)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the operation of the Practice Court (Common Law). The Practice Court (Common Law) hears certain applications in proceedings in, or which…
Common Law Division SC CL 10 Practice Court (Common Law) (doc 56.53KB) SC CL 10 Practice Court (Common Law) (pdf 158.42KB)

SC CR 3 Expert Evidence in Criminal Trials

This Practice Note was developed by the Forensic Evidence Working Group, comprising Judges, forensic scientists and legal practitioners (including representative of the Office of Public Prosecutions…
Criminal Division SC CR 3 Expert Evidence in Criminal Trials (docx 63.74KB) SC CR 3 Expert Evidence in Criminal Trials (pdf 156.80KB)

SC CC 3 Commercial Arbitration Business

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe and provide guidance on the procedures to be followed in the Arbitration List.
Commercial Court SC CC 3 Commercial Arbitration Business (docx 59.01KB) SC CC 3 Commercial Arbitration Business (pdf 279.87KB)

SC CC 4 Admiralty

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in the Admiralty List.
Commercial Court SC CC 4 Admiralty (doc 86.00KB) SC CC 4 Admiralty (pdf 120.42KB)

SC CC 6 Cross-Border Insolvency

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed for proceedings regarding cross-border insolvency and cooperation with foreign courts or foreign representatives.
Commercial Court SC CC 6 Cross-Border Insolvency (doc 57.52KB) SC CC 6 Cross-Border Insolvency (pdf 289.29KB)

SC GEN 1 Practice Notes and Notices to the Profession

The purpose of this Practice Note is to explain the Court’s processes with respect to the issue of Practice Notes and Notices to the Profession.
General SC GEN 1 Practice Notes and Notices to the Profession (docx 52.12KB) SC GEN 1 Practice Notes and Notices to the Profession (pdf 118.01KB)