Virtual hearings and trials

The Court has introduced virtual hearings and trials in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). This will enable the Court to continue providing essential services.

Many cases are now being heard electronically via Cisco Webex Meetings (Webex) and Zoom conferencing software. This is intended to reduce the need for in-person attendance at Court.

Virtual hearings and trials occur where a courtroom is in use, but the parties are appearing remotely.

eHearings and eTrials occur where the parties, as well as the Court, are appearing remotely.

Criminal matters

Criminal Division matters are conducted using Cisco Webex Meetings (Webex) software. The Criminal Division hearings by Webex information sheet provides detailed information to parties and practitioners on how and when to use Webex.

Civil matters

Common Law and Commercial Division matters are conducted by Zoom conferencing software. The following information sheets provide detailed information to parties and practitioners on how and when to use Zoom:

Court schedule daily lists

Virtual hearings and eHearings can be identified in the ‘Hearing type’ description for the listing and beside the judge’s name.

Enquiries about virtual hearings and trials

For general enquiries about crime and appeals virtual hearings, email videolinks@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

For general enquiries about Common Law Division eHearings, email commonlaw.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

For general enquiries about Commercial Division eHearings, email commercial.registry@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

For media enquiries about virtual hearings, including hearing link requests, email media@countycourt.vic.gov.au.

Virtual backgrounds for practitioners

Members of the legal profession may download and use the below images of County Court courtrooms for their virtual background while participating in County Court virtual hearings and trials.

Background 1 – ceremonial courtroom

Background 2 – courtroom including dock

Background 3 – courtroom without dock

Best practices for participating in virtual hearings

You can access tips and suggestions for video conferencing etiquette in the document Top tips and best practices for participating in virtual hearings.

The Supreme Court and County Court ran a webinar that has been made available for streaming called ‘The dos and don’ts of virtual hearings’. It covers tips and tricks for virtual hearings.

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Page last updated: 17 August 2020