Request a hearing

Parties can request a directions hearing if they are unable to resolve a matter in its preliminary stages.

Applications for directions hearings should be made by email to the Commercial Registry: commercial.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

The email must include the relevant form, the subject line: ‘Request for Directions Hearing’ and be copied to all parties.

You are encouraged to consult the Commercial Registry guidelines and orders before making an application.

Please note that any request for a directions hearing in the Expedited List should be sent directly to the associate to the Commercial Division judicial registrar: commercialjr.chambers@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

Applications where rules require a summons

Sometimes the Court will require the issue of a summons, in the event of a summary judgment, freezing orders and interlocutory injunctions.

To obtain a listing date and time for a summons, please contact the Commercial Registry and have the following information:

  • the orders sought.
  • an estimate of time for the summons.
  • any unsuitable dates to the parties.

Please note that all legal practitioners are required to e-file their summons and affidavit in support.

Request for an urgent hearing

For all urgent applications during business hours, please contact the Commercial Registry to obtain a listing date and time. This will immediately be referred to the associate to the Commercial Division duty judge. Examples of urgent applications include interlocutory injunctions, freezing orders and search orders.

For all urgent applications after the Court has risen for the day or during any vacation, please contact the associate to the duty judge on 0419 384 312.

Commercial Division duty judge roster 2018

Month Judge
September/October Ryan (from 17 September)
October Macnamara (from 8 October)
November Woodward (from 5 November)
December Marks (from 3 December)

Applications for review of a judicial registrar’s decision

Parties may seek a review of any decision made by a judicial registrar.

Complete the relevant form and submit it within 14 days of the decision.

The hearing of the application will be listed by the Commercial Registry before the duty judge at the next available date.

Judicial resolution conferences

Judicial resolution conferences will ordinarily be conducted by a judicial registrar as a mediation at no additional fee.

Judicial resolution conferences are considered to be of most value where:

  • one or more parties have limited means
  • there is a self-represented litigant
  • there is a benefit in immediate mediation (such as during the course of trial)
  • private mediation has been unsuccessful
  • a proceeding listed for trial is on the reserve list
  • the costs, duration or complexity of any trial are likely to be disproportionate to the amounts in dispute.

A judicial resolution conference may be requested by email to the Commercial Registry: commercial.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

The subject heading should read ‘request for judicial resolution conference’. The email should set out the reasons why a judicial resolution conference is appropriate in the circumstances.

Filing a garnishee summons (rule 71.01.10)

A garnishee summons is a court order to an institution, body or person who holds funds owing to the judgment debtor. It allows money to be paid to the judgment creditor to satisfy the debt.

An application for leave to file and serve a garnishee summons should be emailed to the Commercial Registry: commercial.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

The application should be supported by an affidavit:

  • exhibiting the judgment to be enforced
  • stating the date, amount and method of payment of any payments made, or if no payments have been made:
    • providing a calculation of the amount due, any interest accrued or accruing and the costs of the judgment creditor’s costs of the garnishee proceedings on a standard basis
    • providing evidence that a debt is due or accruing to the judgment debtor from the garnishee, or providing evidence that a debt will or is likely to become due or accruing to the judgment debtor from the garnishee together with the date it will become due or accrue
    • exhibiting the proposed garnishee summons in form 71A
    • explaining any delay in seeking to enforce the judgment
    • drawing the Court’s attention to any limitations act issues which may arise.

If leave is granted to issue, the garnishee summons form 71A must be e-filed with the Registry within 30 days of making the order.

The registry will then issue the summons allocating a date at least 14 days from the date of issue.

For further information, see the garnishee summons procedure.

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Page last updated: 13 September 2018