There are 11 County Court circuit locations in Victoria.
The County Court sits at 12 locations across Victoria. The 11 County 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.
View the 2018 County Court Circuit Roster. The 2019 roster will be released in September 2018.
If you have any questions about the 2018 or 2019 rosters, contact the County Court Circuit Coordinator.
Circuit directions hearings and appeal (first listing) hearings:
* Melbourne Circuit Team
Circuit matters listed for a directions hearing in the Sexual Offences List: * Associates to the Sexual Offences List.
Circuit trials and conviction & sentence appeals: * Before circuit begins: Melbourne Circuit Team. * Once the circuit has started: relevant circuit registry.
Circuit pleas and sentence-only appeals: * Listing date enquiries: relevant circuit registry. * Other enquiries: Melbourne Circuit Team.
Requests for hearings (all circuit criminal and appeal matters): * Directions hearings: Melbourne Circuit Team. * Application for change of venue: Melbourne Circuit Team. * Application for change of plea: Melbourne Circuit Team. * Consent bail variations: Melbourne Circuit Team. * Contested bail variations: General List or Sexual Offences List (depending on the nature of the matter). * Other contested applications: General List or Sexual Offences List (depending on the nature of the matter). * All other circuit listing enquiries: Melbourne Circuit Team.
eLodged documents: * Sexual Offences List matters: Melbourne Criminal Registry. * All other matters: relevant circuit registry.
Videolinks * Refer to circuit matters listed in the ‘Circuit Directions Hearing List’ and ‘Circuit matters listed in the Sexual Offences List’ sections on the Circuit List page.
Callovers: * Relevant circuit registry.
eFiled documents: * Summonses, fees and Notices of Discontinuance: Common Law or Commercial Registry. * Subpoenas: Melbourne Subpoena Team. * All other eFiled documents: Melbourne Service Delivery Team.
Trial or Serious Injury Application listing enquiries: * Relevant circuit registry.