Notice to Practitioners

Application to file a Notice of Ceasing to Act - Commercial Division
Solicitors seeking leave to file a notice of ceasing to act pursuant to Order 20.03 of the County Court Civil Procedure Rules 2008 should follow the following guidelines.
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Applications to file a notice of ceasing to act - Common Law Division
Solicitors seeking leave to file a notice of ceasing to act pursuant to Order 20.03 of the County Court Civil Procedure Rules 2008 should follow the following guidelines.
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Changes to the Court Security Act 1980
The Courts Legislation Miscellaneous Amendment Act 2014 (‘the Act’) inserts new offences in the Court Security Act 1980 prohibiting the recording and transmission of court proceedings without the permission of a relevant court. A standing exemption will apply to audio recordings (and the transmission of those audio recordings) by journalists and lawyers in specified circumstances, subject to the direction of the presiding judicial officer.
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Payment of fees in civil trials
This notice outlines the County Court’s policy in relation to hearing fees and jury fees for second and subsequent days in civil trials.
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Expansion of 24 Hour Initial Directions Hearing Pilot
On 21 January 2013 the County Court of Victoria implemented a new pilot program aimed at further addressing delay in time to trial. The response to the pilot has been very positive. The pilot will now be expanded to include matters that proceed as a straight hand-up brief with a plea of not guilty. This will help to streamline and simplify processes in the Directions List.
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Changes to County Court Criminal Procedure Practice
The County Court of Victoria has implemented a number of changes to the Criminal Procedure Practice Note (PNCR 2-2010) which will take effect from 21 January 2013.
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24 Hour Initial Directions Hearing Pilot commencing 21 January 2013
The County Court of Victoria will implement a new pilot program, commencing on 21 January 2013, aimed at further addressing delay in time to trial. From 21 January 2013 this pilot will apply to all non-sexual offence criminal cases in the Melbourne metropolitan area where the accused pleads not guilty following a contested committal in the Magistrates’ Court.
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Proposal to automatically list and set a timetable of orders for all s 93 and s 134AB applications
This notice outlines the Court's intention to automatically list and set a timetable of orders for all s 93 and s 134AB applications upon the lodgement of a notice of appearance as of 21 January 2013.
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Guide to Subpoenas 2012
A reference guide for practitioners to assist in the preparation of subpoenas. (Amended 24 September, 2012)
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Communication with County Court Associates
The Chief Judge has prepared the following advice for the legal profession regarding communication between the profession and County Court Associates.
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Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision)
This Practice Note applies to a proceeding in the Court under Part 2, 4 or 5 of the Act. Note: See also Part 6 of the Act for procedure in respect of applications.
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Listing of Hamilton County Court Cases
In order to optimise resources and improve service delivery, the County Court will now schedule all criminal and civil cases initiated at Hamilton for hearing in the County Court at Warrnambool, to be effective immediately.
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Audio and Visual Standards for material presented in Court
To maximise the efficient use of audio and or visual material presented in Court parties are requested to notify the Court at the directions hearing or otherwise at the earliest opportunity if these facilities are to be used.
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Case List Management
Witness Summons in Criminal or Civil Jurisdiction - Confidential Communications
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Wig Preferences
A guide to the judges’ wig preferences in court as at May 2017.
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