Commercial Division

The Commercial Division provides fast, cost-effective and fair resolution of commercial disputes.

The Commercial Division manages cases which raise factually and legally complex issues. Cases involve everything from claims for repayment of loans, property disputes, building disputes to tax and superannuation matters, family trusts and claims for breach of contract.

There is no monetary limit on our jurisdiction, meaning it is effectively concurrent with the Supreme Court of Victoria. Most cases have a quantum between $100,000 and $500,000. There are, however, many cases with a quantum of more than $1million.

We achieve expeditious results by:

  • encouraging parties to agree on orders setting out the timetable for the steps to be taken to prepare for trial, without anyone having to attend court
  • providing a trial date within six months of the first timetabling orders (six month trial dates)
  • as far as possible, ensuring a judge is available to hear the case on the listed trial date (trial date certainty)
  • allocating cases to specialist commercial judges who understand the complex questions raised and write judgments quickly (time to judgment).

Interlocutory steps are principally managed by a judicial registrar, with a duty judge also available each month to hear more complex applications, such as applications for injunctions.

Parties are encouraged to agree to orders for interlocutory steps ‘on the papers’ without needing to attend court. If an appearance at court is required, parties should come prepared to discuss the steps required for the proceeding to be resolved at trial.

From our humble beginnings as a pilot list in 2006, with just 52 cases, we now manage more than 2000 initiations a year.


We are divided into four lists:

Requesting a hearing

Parties can find information on making an application for a directions hearing, urgent hearing, judicial resolution conference, and view the duty roster list on the Request a hearing page.


Practice notes

Click here for all Commercial Division practice notes.


Notable Commercial Division judgments can be found here.

Division performance

Data on Commercial Division performance, including time to trial and not reached cases can be found here.


Working towards a faster resolution, by Judge Maree Kennedy, Sharon Burchell and My Anh Tran.

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Page last updated: 14 January 2021