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This page contains Practice Directions and associated documents.

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Practice Direction 7 of 2020

This Practice Direction applies to applications for intervention orders made to the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court) pursuant to the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic.) or the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 (Vic.) and outlines protocols for the listing and hearing of intervention order proceedings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at all venues of the Court. This Practice Direction takes effect from 15 June 2020.

Practice Direction 6 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces further temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court) and is to be read in conjunction with Practice Direction No.1 of 2020 dated 23 March 2020. Practice Direction No. 6 of 2020 commences on 1 June 2020.

Practice Direction 5 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to all unopposed applications for variation of bail filed in the Children's Court with effect from 5 May 2020

Practice Direction 4 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to all applications for Diversion filed in the Children's Court with effect from 5 May 2020.

Practice Direction 3 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to all applications for intervention orders filed in the Children's Court with effect from 30 March 2020. 

Practice Direction 2 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to all Criminal Division proceedings filed in the Children's Court with effect from 25 March 2020.

Practice Direction 1 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces temporary measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to all Child Protection proceedings filed in the Children's Court with effect from 24 March 2020.

Practice Direction 1 of 2019

Criminal Division - Sunshine Custody Listings

Practice Direction 8 of 2018

Criminal Division - Moorabbin Custody Listings

Practice Direction 7 of 2018

Fast Track Remand Court

Practice Direction 6 of 2018

Intermediary Pilot Program at Melbourne Children's Court. Guidelines for the Intermediary Pilot Program are published below. 

Guidelines - Intermediary Pilot Program

This Guide relates to the use of intermediaries and ground rules hearings during the Intermediary Pilot Program.

Practice Direction 5 of 2018

Sexual Offences - Subpoenas relating to confidential communications

Practice Direction 4 of 2018

Sexual Offences - Summary Contest Listings (including Forms A and B)

Practice Direction 3 of 2018

Protection Applications in Regional Venues Where a Child is Placed in Emergency Care

Practice Direction 2 of 2018

Procedure for Indictable Offences that may be heard and determined summarily

Practice Direction 1 of 2018

Criminal Division - Sunshine Custody Listings

Practice Direction 2 of 2017

Fast Track Remand Court

This Practice Direction has been replaced by Practice Direction 7 of 2018

Practice Direction 1 of 2017

Family Division - Appearance of in-custody adults by audio visual link. 

Practice Direction 6 of 2016

Criminal Division - Sunshine Custody Listings

This Practice Direction has been extended by Practice Direction 1 of 2018

Practice Direction 5 of 2016

This Practice Direction has been revoked by Practice Direction 3 of 2018.

Practice Direction 4 of 2016

Broadmeadows Children's Court - Koori Family Hearing Day - Marram-Ngala Ganbu

Practice Direction 3 of 2016

Listing of Matters in the Children's Koori Court (Criminal Division) at Melbourne

Practice Direction 2 of 2016 Melbourne Children's Court - Children in Custody Attending Court
Practice Direction 1 of 2016

Criminal Division - Sunshine Custody Listings

Practice Direction 6 of 2015

Family Division - Broadmeadows Children's Court

Practice Direction 5 of 2015

Criminal Division - Sunshine Custody Listings

Practice Direction 4 of 2015

Expansion of the D List

Practice Direction 3 of 2015

Subpoena Documents

Practice Direction 2 of 2015

Filing of appearances - Children's Court - Melbourne, Moorabbin and Broadmeadows

Practice Direction 1 of 2015

Criminal Division - Sunshine Custody Listings

Practice Direction 6 of 2014

Moorabbin Children's Court - Applications arising out of children placed into emergency care

Practice Direction 5 of 2014

This Practice Direction has been revoked. 

Practice Direction 4 of 2014

Criminal Division - Sunshine Custody Listings

Practice Direction 3 of 2014

Family Division - Filing of Reports

Practice Direction 2 of 2014

Melbourne Children's Court - Family Division - Filing of Conditions - Use of Form

Practice Direction 1 of 2014

Family Division Section 162(1)(d) Pilot Specialist List - Established as Ongoing Specialist List

Practice Direction 5 of 2013

Melbourne Children's Court - Protection Applications by Placing a Child in Emergency Care

Practice Direction 4 of 2013

Melbourne Children's Court - Protection Applications by Safe Custody

Practice Direction 3 of 2013

Melbourne Children's Court - Remand Hearings and Bail Applications after 2.00pm

Practice Direction 2 of 2013

Melbourne Children's Court - Court 2 Protocol

Practice Direction 1 of 2013

Family Division Section 162(1)(d) Pilot Specialist List - Extension

Practice Direction 4 of 2012

Family Division Section 162(1)(d) Pilot Specialist List

Practice Direction 3 of 2012

Listings - Melbourne Children's Court (including Attachment A - Matters for Direction)

Practice Direction 2 of 2012

Authority to Provide Digital Recordings of Proceedings (including request form) 

Practice Direction 1 of 2012

Melbourne Children's Court - Court 2 Protocol

Practice Note 1 of 2012

Listings - Melbourne Children's Court - Directions Hearing - Practice Direction 3 of 2012)

Practice Note 1 of 2011

New Model Conferences

Practice Note 1 of 2010

New Model Conferences

Practice Direction 2 of 2009

Sexual Offences - Summary Contest Listings (including Forms A and B)

This Practice Direction has been revoked by Practice Direction 4 of 2018.

Practice Direction 1 of 2009

Sexual Offences List - Melbourne Children's Court

Practice Note 1 of 2008

Applications by Apprehension

Practice Direction 2 of 2007

Sexual Offences List - Country Children's Courts - Witness Summonses - Confidential Communictions

Practice Direction 1 of 2007

Sexual Offences List - Country Children's Courts

Practice Direction 6 of 2006

Interstate Transfer of Child Protection Orders

Practice Direction 5 of 2006

Adjournments

Practice Direction 4 of 2006

Provision of Witness Lists in Family Division

Practice Direction 3 of 2006

Preparation of Chronologies in Family Division Matters

Practice Direction 2 of 2006

Consent Orders

Practice Direction 1 of 2006

Authority to Provide Copies of Recordings of Proceedings. Revoked by Practice Direction 2 of 2012.