A number of the specialist lists of the Common Law Division cater for personal injury proceedings of various types, although the majority of these proceedings are managed in the Personal Injuries List.  Practice Note SC CL 3 sets out the types of proceedings which should be initiated in this List and provides information concerning their management.

Proceedings involving dust-related conditions should be initiated in the Dust Diseases List (see Practice Note SC CL 2).

If the primary cause of action against the defendant is an intentional tort, the proceeding should be initiated in the Major Torts List (see Practice Note SC CL 4)

Save for dust diseases, personal injury 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 (see Practice Note SC CL 1)

Judge in Charge

The Honourable Justice Rita Zammit

Associate Judge in Charge

The Honourable Associate Justice Ierodiaconou

Judicial Registrar

Judicial Registrar Clayton

Management of cases

A team of lawyers assists the judicial officers with the management of proceedings in the List. They perform a range of tasks including: review of pleadings and other material; assessment of proposed consent orders; preparation of matters ahead of hearings; and liaison with the Profession.

Directions will be given for the management of a proceeding in the List at a First Directions Hearing . The Court will contact the parties after the filing of the first defence , and no summons for directions is necessary. At or shortly after the First Directions Hearing, a trial date for the proceeding will be fixed. Parties are encouraged to seek consent orders 'on the papers' concerning the trial date and interlocutory timetable. Requests for such orders are to be made using the Request for Consent Orders First Directions form.

All interlocutory applications (including applications to adjourn or vacate the trial date) should be made on summons in accordance with Practice Note SC CL 3.

All proceedings will be listed for a Post Mediation Directions Hearing two to three weeks after the date mediation has been ordered to have occurred, and a Final Directions Hearing approximately four weeks before the trial date will be listed to confirm readiness for trial. Attendance at these directions hearings is compulsory and requests for adjournments will only be granted in extraordinary circumstances.

All persons appearing at directions hearings must have a good working knowledge of the matter and be in a position to advise the Court on its progress and readiness for trial. It is the Court's expectation that the practitioner with the conduct of the file, or a person sufficiently briefed such that all questions from the bench can be addressed, will appear at the Final Directions Hearing. Non-admitted persons are required to seek leave to appear prior to the date of any hearing by way of the List email address below.

Fast Track Pilot - Motor Vehicle Accident Damages Proceedings

The Common Law Division has introduced a 'Fast-Track Pilot' case management procedure for single defendant, quantum only motor vehicle accident proceedings where the parties have engaged in pre-litigation alternative dispute resolution processes pursuant to the Transport Accident Act Common Law Protocols.

The Fast Track Pilot commenced on 1 January 2019 and is aimed at expediting the hearing and determination of such matters. For eligibility criteria and case management procedures, see the Notice to Profession - Fast Track Pilot - Motor Vehicle Accident Damages Proceedings.

Further information and resources



Seminars & Speeches

Judgments and verdicts


Date of Judgment

Judgments and Judgment Summaries

22 May 2019 Taseska v Carus & Anor [2019] VSC 342
20 May 2019 Bucic v Arnej Pty Ltd [2019] VSC 330
18 August 2017 Fafoutellis v The Blockage Bloke Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] VSC 480
11 August 2017 Hand v Morris & Anor [2017] VSC 437
20 July 2017 Pierides v Monash Health [2017] VSC 426
24 May 2017 Ramadge v Northern Health & Ors [2017] VSC 281
13 February 2017 Wearne v State of Victoria [2017] VSC 25
24 January 2017 Salt v State of Victoria [2017] VSC 6
21 December 2016 Mitchell v LaTrobe Regional Hospital [2016] VSCA 342
20 December 2016 VWA v Downer Utilities Australia Pty Ltd [2016] VSC 775
19 December 2016 Khodr v G4S Custodial Services Pty Ltd [2016] VSC 800 (Costs Ruling)
6 December 2016 Di Paolo v Salta Constructions Pty Ltd (No. 2) [2016] VSC 741
29 November 2016

Kalos v Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres (Aust) Pty Ltd & Anor [2016] VSCA 715

Contact details

Communications in relation to the Personal Injuries List should be directed to crefbany.vawhevrf@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@seirujni.lanosrep .