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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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

From 1 June 2017 the Court of Appeal will commence a six month pilot of making audio-visual recordings of its criminal hearings publicly available through the Supreme Court of Victoria’s website.…
Notice to the Profession Pilot streaming of proceedings (pdf 246.15KB)

SC CC 2 TEC List Security for Payments

The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedure to be followed in respect of applications to enter judgments and issue debt certificates pursuant to the Building and Construction…
Commercial Court SC CC 2 TEC List Security for Payments (doc 92.00KB) SC CC 2 TEC List Security for Payments (pdf 164.75KB)

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)

SC GEN 13 Examinations De Bene Esse (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to set out the fees chargeable by examiners for the conduct of examinations de bene esse.
General SC GEN 13 Examinations De Bene Esse (docx 75.50KB) SC GEN 13 Examinations De Bene Esse (pdf 135.66KB)

SC CC 8 Oppressive conduct of the affairs of a company (Second revision)

This Practice Note was revised on 18 May 2018 and replaces the version issued on 30 January 2017, as revised on 19 July 2017. The Practice Note, as revised, will apply to all relevant proceedings in…
Commercial Court SC CC 8 Oppressive conduct of the affairs of a company (Second revision) (docx 54.55KB) SC CC 8 Oppressive conduct of the affairs of a company (Second revision) (pdf 245.77KB)

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) (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 - 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 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)