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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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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 - In Person Commercial Court and Common Law Division Trials

Civil Division Notice to the Profession - In Person Commercial Court and Common Law Division Trials (docx 54.88KB)

SC CC 3 Commercial Arbitration Business (first revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe and provide guidance on the procedures to be followed in the Arbitration List. This revised Practice Note was issued on 22 March 2021 and replaced the…
Commercial Court SC CC 3 - Commercial Arbitration Business (pdf 274.07KB)

SC Gen 9 Notifications under the Open Courts Act 2013 (first revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to set out the procedures regarding notifications under the Open Courts Act 2013. This revised Practice Note revises and replaces the Practice Note issued on 30…
Practice Note SC Gen 9 Notifications under the Open Courts Act (pdf 120.58KB)

Annual Increase in scale costs – 2021

The new Supreme Court (Chapter I Appendices A and B Amendment) Rules 2021 amended Chapter I of the Rules of the Supreme Court to alter the Scale of Costs in Appendices A and B so as to provide for an…
Appendices A and B 19 March 2021 (pdf 243.95KB)

Notice to the Profession - Update on advice of changes to Costs Court practice

Following the adoption of changes to the Costs Court practice in relation to mediations and Directions Hearings, changes to Costs Court Practice will now apply from 22 March 2021.
Costs Court Notice to the Profession - Update on Costs Court Practice (pdf 285.72KB)

Notice to the Profession Corporations List – Hybrid proceedings

As from the date of this Notice, proceedings initiated in the Corporations List  that span across the jurisdiction of Judges and Associate Judges (Hybrid Proceedings) should be filed in the…
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession Corporations List Hybrid Proceedings 2020 (docx 67.20KB) Notice to the Profession Corporations List Hybrid Proceedings 2020 (pdf 197.57KB)

Notice to the Profession - Supreme Court, Chapter I, Appendices A and B deferral of annual increase in Scale costs - 4 December 2020

It has been the practice of the Supreme Court that the Judges of the Supreme Court amend Chapter I of the Rules of the Supreme Court to alter the Scale of Costs in Appendices A and B so as to provide…
Notice to the Profession NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION re Appen. A and B deferral.docx (docx 45.97KB) NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION re Appen. A and B deferral.pdf (pdf 91.46KB)

SC GEN 10 Conduct of Group Proceedings (Class Actions) (Second revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the conduct and management of group proceedings (commonly referred to as ‘class actions’) within the Supreme Court of Victoria.  
General PRACTICE NOTE SC GEN 10 (pdf 214.01KB) PRACTICE NOTE SC GEN 10 (docx 64.15KB)

Notice to the Profession - Group Proceedings List - 13 October 2020

The purpose of this Notice is to notify court users of the establishment of a new cross-divisional Group Proceedings List in which all group proceedings filed pursuant to Part 4A of the Supreme Court…
Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - Group Proceedings List pdf (pdf 146.47KB) Notice to the Profession - Group Proceedings List (docx 65.42KB)

SC CL 4 Major Torts List

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in the Major Torts List. The List is a case management list within the Common Law Division of the Supreme Court of…
Common Law Division SC CL 4 Major Torts - 13 October 2020 (pdf 201.65KB) SC CL 4 Major Torts - 13 October 2020 (docx 67.87KB)