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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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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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SC CL 9 Judicial Review and Appeals List (Second revision)

This Practice Note (the Second revision) commenced on 12 September 2018. It replaces the previous version (the First revision) which commenced on 1 May 2018. It applies to all proceedings in the List…
Common Law Division SC CL 9 Judicial Review and Appeals List (Second revision) (docx 72.94KB) SC CL 9 Judicial Review and Appeals List (Second revision) (pdf 321.92KB)

SC CL 6 Trusts, Equity and Probate List (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in the Trusts, Equity and Probate List. The List is a case management list within the Common Law Division of the Court…
Common Law Division SC CL 6 Trusts, Equity and Probate List (First revision) (docx 61.67KB) SC CL 6 Trusts, Equity and Probate List (First revision) (pdf 177.96KB)

Specialist Lists for 2018: Judges-in-Charge

Notice to the Profession Specialist Lists for 2018: Judges-in-Charge (doc 503.50KB) Specialist Lists for 2018: Judges-in-Charge (pdf 132.80KB)

SC CR 4 Sentencing hearings (Second revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in sentencing hearings. This version (the second revision) replaces the previous version (the first revision) and…
Criminal Division SC CR 4 Sentencing hearings (Second revision) (pdf 175.86KB) SC CR 4 Sentencing hearings (Second revision) (doc 88.50KB)

Pilot webcasting of proceedings

From 1 June 2017 the Court of Appeal will commence a pilot of making audio-visual recordings of its criminal hearings publicly available through the Supreme Court of Victoria’s website. Some types of…
Notice to the Profession Pilot webcasting of proceedings (as at 16 July 2018) (docx 48.34KB) Pilot webcasting of proceedings (as at 16 July 2018) (pdf 310.91KB)

SC GEN 8 Appeals from Associate Judges (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to set out procedures in relation to appeals from Associate Judges. This version (the First revision), which comes in to effect from 10 July 2018 and applies…
General SC GEN 8 Appeals from Associate Judges (First revision) (docx 53.47KB) SC GEN 8 Appeals from Associate Judges (First revision) (pdf 153.95KB)

SC GEN 5 Technology in Civil Litigation (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to promote the effective use of technology in the conduct of civil litigation to reduce time and costs. This Practice Note sets out the Court’s expectations in…
General SC GEN 5 Technology in Civil Litigation (First revision) (docx 87.34KB) SC GEN 5 Technology in Civil Litigation (First revision) (pdf 294.84KB)

SC CC 1 Commercial Court (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe and provide guidance on the procedures to be followed by practitioners and parties conducting litigation in the Commercial Court. It takes effect from…
Commercial Court SC CC 1 Commercial Court (First revision) (doc 774.00KB) SC CC 1 Commercial Court (First revision) (pdf 503.53KB)

SC CC 7 Imposition of fees (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to confirm and clarify the circumstances in which an ‘Entry to List fee’ is payable in the Commercial Court. This Practice Note was reissued on 21 December 2017…
Commercial Court SC CC 7 Imposition of fees (First revision) (docx 53.01KB) SC CC 7 Imposition of fees (First revision) (pdf 156.32KB)

Proceedings in the Commercial Court Taxation List (First revision)

As from the date of this Notice, Victorian Taxation Appeals are to be initiated in the Commercial Court Taxation List. Commencing 2 January 2018, all Taxation List proceedings are to be filed in…
Notice to the Profession Proceedings in the Commercial Court Taxation List (First revision) (docx 70.70KB) Proceedings in the Commercial Court Taxation List (First revision) (pdf 199.43KB)