eLodgement

The eLodgement system is an online portal for legal practitioners to electronically lodge forms and documents for appeal and criminal matters.

Most court documents must be lodged with the Court electronically. In Melbourne, eLodgement is required for any case represented by a 'CR-15+' or 'AP-16-18+' case number. For matters outside of Melbourne, eLodgement applies to all pending cases on the County Court Circuit List. Most physical documents are no longer accepted.

Some benefits to eLodgement are that it:

  • allows online document tracking
  • allows legal practitioners to lodge documents directly from their offices
  • saves time by reducing the need to attend the court registry
  • can be easily navigated and understood.

Support is available over the phone on 03 8636 6570 or by emailing criminal.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

New users

First time users will need to create a user account before you can eLodge documents.

Legal practitioners are advised to read the eLodgement user guide to assist with lodging their documents, and should review the checklist below before starting.

Checklist

Before you begin the eLodgement process, please ensure:

  • you have an email address registered with the Victorian Legal Services Board
  • you have an Legal Services Board (LSB) registered email address that can be used for notifications
  • you have chosen and completed the correct form or forms
  • you have all the forms or documents you wish to submit in an approved electronic format (individual files must not exceed 20MB and should be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .xls or .xlsx format)
  • practitioners have referred to the practice note for what to file, what not to file, and how to file.

Demonstration video

The video below provides information and training on using the eLodgement system.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get my copies of sealed documents?

Once the documents have been processed, an email digitally attaching the processed documents is sent to you. If the documents have not been received, try checking your spam or junk mail folders for the eLodgement document receipt.

What happens if a document has been lodged on the wrong file?

When a document is inadvertently lodged on the wrong file, the person who lodged the document should contact the Criminal Registry for assistance as soon as possible. The Criminal Registry can be contact by phone on 03 8636 6570 or by emailing criminal.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

Why can’t I lodge this document?

It may be that you have saved the document with special characters, or your description is too long.

Who do I contact if I am experiencing difficulties with the eLodgement process?

If you require further assistance, take a screenshot of your issue and email it along with your contact details to criminal.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible to help resolve the issue.

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Page last updated: 9 January 2020