1 July always sees legislative changes, including increases to court fees. Happy New (financial) Year!
The following are some of the important changes commencing 1 July 2018. By Lawyers publications in each state have been updated as appropriate.
LITIGATION, CRIMINAL LAW, FAMILY LAW & DECEASED ESTATES
Fee increases apply in all courts and tribunals.
Injury claims – where damages for permanent impairment and/or non-economic loss are subject to statutory caps (e.g. motor accidents and workers compensation legislation) these maximum amounts have been updated.
Defamation – the maximum amount of damages for non-economic loss available under the Uniform Defamation Law is now $398,500.
VIC Supreme Court
All documents for Supreme Court Common Law, Commercial Court and Costs Court matters must now be electronically filed using the RedCrest electronic filing platform. Court users will need to register. See the Supreme Court page ‘Electronic filing and case management’ and the commentary in the By Lawyers Victorian Supreme Court Guide