Videolinks

People that are required to appear at court may appear by videolink or audiolink.

This page provides information, resources and forms to help you apply for and make arrangements for videolinks and audiolinks.

For information on the process, please refer to the procedural requirements for videolink application guidelines.

Leave of the Court required for videolinks and audiolinks in civil and criminal matters

Leave of the Court for a person to appear by videolink or audiolink must be obtained by a judge or judicial registrar.

Obtaining leave before the hearing date

In civil matters, an application for leave to appear by videolink or audiolink can be made by obtaining the consent of the opposing party, and submitting consent orders to the Court. If consent cannot be obtained an application can be made to the Court.

For information on how to apply for leave refer to the procedural requirements for videolink application guidelines.

Obtaining leave during the hearing

At any time during the hearing of a case an application can be made to the presiding judge or judicial registrar for leave for a person to appear by videolink or audiolink.

For information on how to apply for leave refer to the procedural requirements for videolink application guidelines.

Leave not required in certain criminal matters

Leave is not required for a person to appear at court by videolink or audiolink from a custodial or Victorian Court location in pre-trial hearings. These hearings include matters in the Koori Court, Criminal General List, Sexual Offences List, and circuit directions hearing.

Completing and submitting the video/audio link application form

Videolinks and audiolinks can be arranged with the Court by completing and submitting the relevant form:

  • Videolinks – please complete the Videolink Application Form .
  • Audiolinks – for audio links please complete the Videolink Application Form , the phone number and area code should be listed in the call setup form section in lieu of an ISDN, IP or SIP number.

Once the form is completed it is to be submitted to the videolinks coordinator via email videolinks@countycourt.vic.gov.au. If you have any queries regarding the process please call 03 8636 6530.

For information on how to complete and submit the forms and the associated charges please refer to the procedural requirements for videolink application guidelines.

Payment of booking fees

Videolinks to any location other than a custody or court location within Victoria will incur a $75 booking fee. The booking fee should be paid when the application is filed and prior to the hearing date. Payment can be made by cheque or written authorisation to debit the amount from a credit or debit card using the attached form. Credit or debit card details can also be provided by phone, or payment can be made at the Registry counter by credit, debit, EFTPOS or cash. Further information can be found in the Videolinks Procedural Requirements 2019.

Video audio link call set up requirements and testing

The Court has specific call set up requirements that must be met to enable successful audio and visual link connections from the court to a remote facilities.

The onus is on the person arranging the link to ensure that the provider they are using can remotely connect with the Court. Testing of the line maybe required if using a provider that is not a court or corrections facilities

For more information on call set up requirements refer to the procedural requirements for videolink application guidelines.

The Court does not source external service providers or locations. Please see the attached list of interstate courts and providers. All booking of external service providers, including payment of costs, are the responsibility of the party making the booking.

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Page last updated: 10 July 2019