If you want to obtain copies of decisions, view court files or examine any other information held at the Court, this page will assist you.
Almost all court hearings are held in open court. You are welcome to attend court to observe matters as they are being considered.
The Access to Court Records and Information Policy details the options to access court information.
Some court files and documents have suppression orders made against them by a judge. Court files or documents that are subject to a suppression order can only be released by order of a judge.
At any stage during a matter, both parties and non-parties to criminal and appeal matters may request access to documents contained on the court file.
Criminal and appeal files often include protected and confidential material. All requests to access court records are determined by a judge, and may be refused or approved only in part. The judge assessing the application takes into account your purpose for seeking the information and the way in which you intend to use it.
You can seek permission to search a criminal or appeal file by completing the Access to Court Records Request Form: Criminal and Appeal Cases.
Return the completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that these includes matters in the Appeal and Post Sentence Applications List.
At any stage during a matter, both parties and non-parties to common law and commercial matters may request access to a civil court file.
A search fee is required to be paid prior to inspecting the file.
You can search a civil court file by completing the Access to Court Records Request Form: Commercial and Common Law Cases.
If you want to search accident/workers compensation act case file records complete the Access to Court Records Request Form: Accident Compensation Tribunal Cases.
Return the completed form and fee payable to the Court Registry.
If you want to search a file in the Confiscation List please complete the Access to Court Records Request Form: Confiscation List Cases.
Return the completed form by email to email@example.com.
Legislation, suppression orders or other restrictions may mean that some sentences, or parts of them, cannot be published.
If you wish to access an unpublished decision, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name of the decision and why you need to access it.
Criminal Division matters are transcribed by the Victorian Government Reporting Service (VGRS). Visit the VGRS website to find out how to request a copy of a transcript.
The County Court does not hold transcripts for Common Law and Commercial Division matters.
If you are a party to a civil proceeding and are considering to appeal a decision, you can make a request by email or in writing to the Associate to the Presiding Judge for a copy of the audio recording of the proceeding.
The request must be made within 14 days of the date of the judgment or order against which an appeal is being considered. Your request will need to contain an undertaking that that the recording will be used solely for the purpose of considering an appeal.
The judge has discretion to allow or deny the request.
In both common law and commercial cases, access to subpoenaed records is only available to solicitors for parties to the proceeding. Access depends on the type of subpoena used. More information is available about subpoenas here.
If you would like court assistance with academic research email please contact the Publications Officer on email@example.com.
To request data from the County Court, please complete the CCV Data Request Form and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.