A new Case Management System (CMS) is being developed for the Magistrates' Court of Victoria (MCV) and the Children's Court of Victoria (ChCV) as part of the state government's $1.9 billion package to address family violence, which will bring enhanced access to justice for Victorians, through stronger information sharing and improving court processes.
The project is a joint initiative of MCV and ChCV, supported by Court Services Victoria (CSV). The $89.2million project replaces the current IT systems, some of which are 30 years old. The CMS Project team is embedded within CSV to deliver a product that meets the needs of the courts.
The new CMS strengthens the ability to capture and share appropriate information across the courts and key external parties including Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Release 1 Implementation
eDocs - electronic document lodgement now live
The eDocs Portal is live from 17 November 2020. See schedule below for roll out sequence.
Electronic document lodgement, known as eDocs, is being implemented at both ChCV and MCV Courts across Victoria from November through to January 2021.
The eDocs portal is an electronic document lodgement solution that provides a web portal for external court users to securely exchange documents digitally with courts without the need for physical interaction.
External court users can use the eDocs Portal for electronic filing of new documents and to file on existing cases for all jurisdictions across the Magistrates' Court of Victoria and Children's Court of Victoria, excluding child protection.
All jurisdictions of both courts, including child protection, will be part of the final case management system.
In addition to responding to challenges impacting court operations by coronavirus (COVID-19), eDocs offers a more efficient way to lodge court documents by enabling external court users to:
- Lodge and manage case documents electronically
- View, track and download documents when needed
- Receive email notifications and updates when documents have been progressed
- Lodge payments and process refunds online (where relevant)
This is the first part of a broader new case management system that will be rolled out over the next few years.
Forms included in eDocs Portal
Most forms are included in eDocs. However, there are a number of forms that are not included in the initial eDocs release, but may be included in future releases of the CMS Project.
View the quick reference guide for a summary of which forms can be filed with eDocs and which forms continue to be filed with current processes:
- eDocs Portal Forms- Ready Reckoner (PDF 154.82 KB)
For the full detailed information on all forms please view:
External user roll out schedule
The eDocs Portal is being implemented in a staged roll out approach for external court users. See below for more information.
Please note: self-represented parties are not included in the implementation of eDocs.
Go Live during November - December 2020:
- Victoria Police
- Victoria Legal Aid
- Legal Practitioners
- Youth Justice (Department of Justice and Community Safety)
Go Live during January - February 2021:
- Prosecuting Agencies
- Local Councils
- Office of Public Prosecution
- Corrections Victoria
- Supreme Court of Victoria
- County Court of Victoria
- Fines Enforcement Services
Go Live - Date to be determined:
- Remaining organisations who use the courts
Frequently Asked Questions
This page was last updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 - 9:39am