Including Melbourne, the County Court of Victoria sits at 12 locations across Victoria.
The 11 court locations outside of Melbourne are called circuit locations. Those locations are: Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Horsham, Latrobe Valley (Morwell), Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.
The County Court schedules a number of four or five-week sitting periods (known as circuits) at each circuit location every year.
Cases listed at circuit locations are usually not given fixed hearing dates. Instead they are given a circuit commencement date which is the first day of the sitting period. The cases form part of a rolling list and are called on by the Court at short notice. All parties are expected to be available and ready to proceed with their matters when called upon.
Criminal circuits contain trials and pleas committed to the County Court from regional Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts. Matters that are appealed from regional Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts are also heard in criminal circuits. Criminal circuits are held at all 11 circuit locations.
Any trial not reached during the circuit to which it is allocated will either be formally listed for a new circuit commencement date, or will be set down for a Circuit Directions Hearing. Trials are not automatically rolled into the next circuit.
Parties will be advised in writing of the future listing date by the Melbourne Circuit Team.
If a plea or appeal is not reached during the circuit to which it was committed or appealed, it will be rolled into the following circuit, unless otherwise ordered. If you have questions about this, please contact the relevant circuit registry.
Civil circuits contain both common law and commercial matters. They are held at nine of the Court’s 11 circuit locations: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Latrobe Valley, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.
The County Court circuit roster contains details of all scheduled criminal and civil circuits. It is updated regularly to include alterations, cancellations and additions to scheduled circuits. If you have any questions about circuit rosters, please contact the County Court Manager of Circuit Operations.
View the 2019 County Court Circuit Roster.
Circuit directions hearings and appeal (first listing) hearings:
Circuit matters listed for a directions hearing in the Sexual Offences List:
Circuit trials and conviction & sentence appeals:
Circuit pleas and sentence-only appeals:
Requests for hearings (all circuit criminal and appeal matters):
Interlocutory listing enquiries:
Trial or Serious Injury Application listing enquiries: