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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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

SC CA 1 Criminal Appeals (Second revision)

This Practice Note sets out the practice followed in Court of Appeal criminal applications for leave to appeal against conviction or sentence, and Crown appeals against sentence.
Court of Appeal SC CA 1 Criminal Appeals (docx 80.63KB) SC CA 1 Criminal Appeals (pdf 459.11KB)

SC CA 4 Second and subsequent appeals

This Practice Note sets out the practice to be followed in the Court of Appeal in dealing with second or subsequent applications for leave to appeal against conviction.
Court of Appeal Practice Note SC CA 4 - Second and Subsequent Appeals (docx 46.96KB) Practice Note SC CA 4 - Second and Subsequent Appeals (pdf 266.26KB)

Mortgage Recovery List in the Commercial Court

From 30 September 2019, a new Mortgage Recovery List will be established in the Commercial Court. The Mortgage Recovery List will be managed by Judicial Registrar Matthews.
Notice to the Profession Mortgage Recovery List in the Commercial Court (docx 65.25KB) Mortgage Recovery List in the Commercial Court (pdf 292.86KB)