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 The body of the Practice Note will contain its new operative date and a history of amendments and a copy of the superseded version will be retained in the Practice Notes Archive.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
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
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.
01/07/2017
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 (First revision) 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