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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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
Criminal Division SC CR 2 Bail applications and appeals (First revision) The purpose of this Practice Note is to centralise the administrative management of applications and appeals with respect to bail in the Registry and to specify the standard requirements necessary for the efficient processing of all such applications and appeals.

This Practice Note, as revised, applies to all applications under the Bail Act 1977 filed on or after 21 May 2018. This version (the First revision) replaces the original version published on 30 January 2017.
21/05/2018
Commercial Court 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 the Corporations List from 18 May 2018.
18/05/2018
Common Law Division SC CL 9 Judicial Review and Appeals List (First revision) The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in the Judicial Review and Appeals List. The List is a case management list within the Common Law Division of the Court. This version was issued on 22 March 2018 and takes effect from 1 May 2018. It replaces the previous version which was published on 30 January 2017. 22/03/2018
Common Law Division SC CL 3 Personal Injuries List (First revision) The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide guidance on the procedures to be followed in the Personal Injuries List, a case management list within the Common Law Division of the Court. This version of the Practice Note (the First revision) replaces the original version published on 30 January 2017. It commences on 1 March 2018 and will apply to all proceedings in the List whenever commenced. 01/03/2018
Common Law Division SC CL 2 Dust Diseases List (First revision) The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in the Dust Diseases List. This version of the Practice Note (the First revision) replaces the original version published on 30 January 2017. It comes into effect from 1 March 2018 and applies to any matter in the List whenever commenced. 01/03/2018
Common Law Division SC CL 1 Civil Circuit List (First revision) The purpose of this Practice Note is to describe the procedures to be followed in the Civil Circuit List. The List is a case management list within the Common Law Division of the Court. This version of the Practice Note (First revision) replaces the original version that was published on 30 January 2017. It comes into effect on 1 March 2018 and applies to all proceedings in the List, whenever commenced. 01/03/2018
Notice to the Profession Proceedings in the Commercial Court Taxation List (First revision) As from the date of this Notice, Victorian Taxation Appeals are to be initiated in the Commercial Court Taxation List.

Commencing 2 January 2018, all Taxation List proceedings are to be filed in RedCrest, the Commercial Court’s electronic filing system.
21/12/2017
Commercial Court 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 and replaces the previous version issued on 30 January 2017. 21/12/2017
Commercial Court SC CC 5 RedCrest (Second revision) The purpose of this Practice Note is to outline the conduct of proceedings initiated on RedCrest, the electronic lodgement, court file and case administration system currently used in the Commercial Court. This version was issued on 21 December 2017 and takes effect from 2 January 2018. 21/12/2017
Commercial Court 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 21 December 2017 and replaces the previous version published on 30 January 2017. 21/12/2017