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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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

This Notice to the Profession outlines changes to in person hearings from 26 October 2021. It replaces the Notice issued on 17 May 2021.

Note: This practice note has been archived.

General, Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - In person hearings (pdf 121.54KB) Notice to the Profession - In person hearings (docx 58.81KB)

Notice to the Profession - In Person Hearings

This notice to the profession outlines changes to in-person hearings.

Note: This practice note has been archived.

Notice to the Profession Notice to the Profession - In Person Hearings (pdf 105.64KB) Notice to the Profession - In Person Hearings (docx 59.02KB)

Notice to the Profession-Probate Office-original wills stored in solicitors' offices

The Stage 4 public health restrictions require most legal practitioners to work from home. The Court is conscious that original wills may be stored at solicitors’ offices. In order to facilitate the…

Note: This practice note has been archived.

Notice to the Profession Notice to the profession - COVID-19 Original Wills (pdf 122.24KB)

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.

Note: This practice note has been archived.

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 (First revision)

This Practice Note makes provision for certain aspects of filing documents through RedCrest, the Court’s electronic filing system.

Note: This practice note has been archived.

General SC GEN 19 RedCrest Electronic Case Management System (docx 57.79KB) SC GEN 19 RedCrest Electronic Case Management System (pdf 155.21KB)

SC CA 1 Criminal Appeals (First 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.

Note: This practice note has been archived.

Court of Appeal SC CA 1 Criminal Appeals (docx 84.59KB) SC CA 1 Criminal Appeals (pdf 449.72KB)

SC CL 11 Employment and Industrial List (First revision)

The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the operation of the Employment and Industrial List, a case management list within the Common Law Division of the Court. This version of…

Note: This practice note has been archived.

Common Law Division SC CL 11 Employment and Industrial List (First revision) (docx 61.77KB) SC CL 11 Employment and Industrial List (First revision) (pdf 181.00KB)

SC CL 4 Major Torts List (First revision)

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 Court. This version…

Note: This practice note has been archived.

Common Law Division SC CL 4 Major Torts List (First revision) (docx 68.04KB) SC CL 4 Major Torts List (First revision) (pdf 203.76KB)

Court of Appeal - Role of Junior Counsel

The Court of Appeal encourages the active participation of junior counsel in cases where two counsel are briefed for a party.

Note: This practice note has been archived.

Notice to the Profession Court of Appeal - Role of Junior Counsel (pdf 188.28KB) Court of Appeal - Role of Junior Counsel (docx 49.30KB)

SC GEN 19 RedCrest Electronic Case Management System

The purpose of this Practice Note is to make provision for certain aspects of the conduct of proceedings initiated on RedCrest, the Court’s electronic filing system. This Practice Note is to be read…

Note: This practice note has been archived.

General SC GEN 19 RedCrest Electronic Case Management System (docx 56.82KB) SC GEN 19 RedCrest Electronic Case Management System (pdf 152.19KB)