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Practice Direction 15 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces further measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of child protection proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court). This Practice Direction is to be read in conjunction with Practice Direction No. 14 of 2020 – Readiness Hearings. This Practice Direction applies at Melbourne Children’s Court with effect from 23 November 2020 and at all other venues of the Children’s Court from 7 December 2020.

Practice Direction 14 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces further measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of child protection proceedings in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria (the Court). This Practice Direction is to be read in conjunction with Practice Direction No. 15 of 2020. This Practice Direction applies at Melbourne Children’s Court with effect from 23 November 2020 and at all other venues of the Children’s Court from 7 December 2020.

Practice Direction 13 of 2020

This Practice Direction modifies the process for the hearing of diversion proceedings ‘on the papers’ and will operate with effect from 18 August 2020. Practice Direction No. 4 of 2020 is revoked.

Practice Direction 12 of 2020

This Practice Direction introduces a further temporary measure necessitated by the COVID‑19 pandemic. It is informed by the latest medical advice from Victorian public health authorities to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all Court users. All proceedings in the Children’s Court of Victoria for the period 10 August to 13 September 2020 are to be held by audio visual link (including WebEx) or by audio link if audio visual link is not available. This Practice Direction commences on 10 August 2020.

Practice Direction 11 of 2020

This Practice Direction applies with effect from 10 August 2020 to all Criminal Division proceedings filed in the Children's Court throughout Victoria other than CAYPINS matters. This Practice Direction will operate for the duration of the declared State of Disaster and revokes Practice Direction No. 2 of 2020.

Practice Direction 10 of 2020

This Practice Direction outlines the process that applies to the issuing of a witness summons, the listing of a return of a witness summons, the management of objections and the method of inspection of documents produced pursuant to a witness summons, including the online inspection of subpoenaed documents.

Practice Direction 9 of 2020

This Practice Direction is revoked and replaced with Practice Direction 15 of 2020.

Practice Direction 8 of 2020

This Practice Direction replaces Practice Direction 7 of 2020 which is now revoked and 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. 

Practice Direction 7 of 2020

This Practice Direction is revoked and replaced with Practice Direction 8 of 2020.

Practice Direction 6 of 2020

Refer to Practice Direction 14 of 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 is revoked and replaced with Practice Direction 13 of 2020.

Practice Direction 3 of 2020

This Practice Direction is revoked and replaced with Practice Direction 7 of 2020.

Practice Direction 2 of 2020

This Practice Direction is revoked and replaced with Practice Direction 11 of 2020.

Practice Direction 1 of 2020

Refer to Practice Direction 15 of 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.