The Major Torts List is designed to facilitate and expedite the passage of large or otherwise significant tortious claims to trial. Any proceeding which is primarily of a tortious nature may be entered in the List, including any associated proceeding that derives from tortious conduct. 

Proceedings managed in the Major Torts List include:

  • defamation proceedings
  • tortious claims for economic loss or property damage
  • nuisance claims, including land contamination
  • intentional torts
  • class actions where the predominant cause of action is based in tort
  • tortious claims of significant public interest
  • applications for punishment for contempt other than those referred to in Rule 75.06(2).

Personal injury proceedings in which the primary cause of action is negligence should be initiated in either the Personal Injuries List or the Dust Diseases List. Tortious claims against professionals should generally be initiated in the Professional Liability List. The Practice Notes relating to those Lists assist practitioners to determine the appropriate List.

Note however that proceedings in which the cause of action arose in regional Victoria or where the majority of witnesses or parties reside in regional Victoria should be initiated in the Civil Circuit List.

Judge in Charge 

The Honourable Justice John Dixon

Judicial Registrar

Judicial Registrar Clayton

Management of cases

The Judicial Registrar will give directions for the management of a proceeding in the Major Torts List at a first directions hearing . The Court will notify the parties after the filing of the first defence , and no summons for directions is necessary. The types of matters to be addressed at a first directions hearing are referred to in Practice Note SC CL 4 (First revision).

Parties are encouraged to seek consent orders on the papers in relation to interlocutory steps in the proceeding and setting the matter down for trial. Requests for consent orders are to be made to the list coordinator in accordance with Practice Note SC CL 4 (First revision).

Parties may obtain a return date for any interlocutory applications by sending the interlocutory application information form to the list coordinator. A return date is required before an interlocutory application may be filed.

Directions dates - 2019

Month First Second Third
January 31    
February 14 28  
March 14 28  
April 11    
May 9    
June 6    
July 18    
August 1 15 29
September 12 26  
October 10 24  
November 7 21  
December 5    

Further information and resources


Forms & templates

Seminars & speeches

Contact details

General enquiries in relation to the Major Torts List should be directed to the list coordinator at

znwbe.gbegf@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@strot.rojamFor more information see judicial contacts.