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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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

SC Gen 2 Structure of the Trial Division

The purpose of this Practice Note is to set out the divisional structure of the Trial Division of the Court, the specialist Lists within the Trial Division and the allocation of matters within that…
General SC Gen 2 Structure of the Trial Division (pdf 140.13KB) SC Gen 2 Structure of the Trial Division (docx 54.98KB)

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 Gen 10 Conduct of Group Proceedings (Class actions)(First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the conduct and management of group proceedings (class actions) within the Supreme Court of Victoria.
General SC GEN 10 Class Actions (docx 73.54KB) SC GEN 10 Class Actions (pdf 295.44KB)

SC GEN 19 Redcrest Electronic Case Management System (Second revision)

This Practice Note makes provision for certain aspects of filing documents through RedCrest, the Court’s electronic filing system.
General Practice Note SC GEN 19 (docx 57.36KB) Practice Note SC GEN 19 (pdf 271.69KB)

SC CR 2 Bail applications and appeals (Second revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to centralise the administrative management of applications and appeals with respect to bail in the Registry and to specify the standard requirements necessary…
Criminal Division Practice Note SC CR 2 - Bail applications (docx 51.96KB) Practice Note SC CR 2 - Bail applications (pdf 206.75KB)

SC CR 10 Children in Custody Attending Court

The purpose of this Practice Note is to outline the procedure by which the Court will consider to waive the attendance of the child at 21 day rollovers.
Criminal Division Practice Note SC CR 10 (docx 47.23KB) Practice Note SC CR 10 (pdf 194.02KB)

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)