New Class Actions Practice Note – Supreme Court of Victoria

On 1 July 2020 the Supreme Court of Victoria issued a revised Practice Note (SC Gen 10) for proceedings (Group Proceeding)

Under Part 4A of the Supreme Court Act 1986 (Vic) (SCA). Key points to note about the revised Practice Note, in comparison to its predecessor, are:

  • Upon commencement of a Group Proceeding, the plaintiff’s solicitor must file, with the writ, a ‘class action summary statement’ setting out various information (Part 5 of the Practice Note), and (where applicable) a ‘funding information summary statement’ (Part 6).
  • The Court may order, at an early stage of the proceeding and pursuant to s 65A of the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic), a party or parties to provide to the Court a memorandum of estimated future legal costs and disbursements for the proceeding (para [7.7]).
  • At paras [7.8]-[7.10] the Practice Note sets out how the Court will deal with and manage competing class actions.
  • Similar to other jurisdictions, the Practice Note requires early disclosure of litigation funding agreements and charges, subject to appropriate redactions (Parts 11 and 12).
  • In Part 13, the Practice Note deals with applications for a ‘group costs order’ under the brand new s 33ZDA of the SCA.

Andrew Watson

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Ben Slade

State Managing Principal, Office Leader, Class actions, Sydney

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Kimi Nishimura

Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Melbourne

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Rebecca Gilsenan

Executive Director, Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Sydney

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Miranda Nagy

Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Sydney

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Julian Schimmel

Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Sydney

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Vavaa Mawuli

Principal, Class actions, Brisbane

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