Practice Notes

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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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

Court division Title Summary Date of publication Sort ascending
Commercial Court SC CC 8 Oppressive conduct in the affairs of a company (First revision) The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed for applications made pursuant to s 233 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). This revised version applies to all relevant proceedings in the Corporations List from 31 July 2017. 31/07/2017
Notice to the Profession Specialist Lists 2017: Judges-in-Charge - Term 3 List of Judges-in-Charge of the Specialist Lists for 2017 – Term 3 17/07/2017
Criminal Division SC CR 7 Expert reports on mental functioning of offenders This Practice Note was issued on 30 March 2017 and will apply to sentencing hearings in the Supreme Court and the County Court commenced on or after 1 July 2017, but only to expert evidence which addresses questions of the mental functioning of an offender.
General SC GEN 11 Costs Court (First revison) The purpose of this Practice Note is to set out the practice in relation to various matters in the Costs Court. This revised version takes effect from 1 July 2017. 01/07/2017
Criminal Division SC CR 4 Sentencing Hearings The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in sentencing hearings. This, revised, version takes effect from 1 July 2017. 01/07/2017
General SC GEN 13 Examinations De Bene Esse The purpose of this Practice Note is to set out the fees chargeable by examiners for the conduct of examinations de bene esse. 01/06/2017
Notice to the Profession Service by Email The Supreme Court (Chapter I Email Service Amendment) Rules 2017 SR No 32/2017 will come into effect from 1 August 2017. The amending Rules can be accessed here. The amendments require parties in civil matters to include an email address for service in documents filed with the Court and provide that ordinary service may be effected by email to that address. This supplements the provisions of the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000 so as to facilitate the efficient and timely practice of service by email. 31/05/2017
General Protocol: Principles for managing children in the custody of the Supreme Court This protocol applies to matters heard by the Supreme Court of Victoria involving a child accused who appears in the criminal trial division or a child applicant or respondent who appears in the criminal appeal division. 19/05/2017
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. Some types of hearings will be excluded from the pilot.

* This Notice was amended on 20 June 2017 to provide further information to practitioners.
Notice to the Profession Applications for extension of time under rule 64.08 of the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 This Notice advises practitioners that, for a trial period, applications to the Court of Appeal for extensions of 14 days or less under rule 64.08 of the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015 will be automatically granted. The trial period commences on 1 May 2017 and will run for 12 months. 24/04/2017