VCAT hearings during coronavirus restrictions

What changes and what doesn’t in how we operate during coronavirus restrictions.

My case is being heard by phone or videoconference, what is the process?

VCAT will contact you to let you know the scheduled time for the hearing.

A phone hearing or videoconference is no different to a hearing in person, so ensure you are in a quiet location and have any relevant paperwork at hand.

Find out more information about what to expect on your hearing day.

Make sure you check upcoming hearings to keep up to date with your hearing time. Due to capacity issues, we may not be able to remind you when your upcoming hearing is.

How to join a phone or video conference

Is VCAT still accepting new cases?

You can still apply about any matter that falls in VCAT's jurisdiction.

Do VCAT Practice Notes still apply?

Practice Notes are issued by the Rules Committee and are directives relating to the practice and procedure of the Tribunal and each of its Lists pursuant to s158 of the VCAT Act.

In any proceeding, the Tribunal may at its discretion vary the operation of a Practice Note by direction or order.

In any case, the Tribunal may be required to amend its practices to accommodate technological and procedural changes as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If the Tribunal (or a List within the Tribunal) makes a change to its procedure by order or direction, the procedural change overrides a Practice Note to the extent of any inconsistency.

Can I still ask for a summons for a person to attend a hearing?

We can issue a summons at your request. The person summonsed will be required to attend the hearing, give evidence or produce documents.

A person summonsed may attend a VCAT hearing by audio or video link, and may deliver summonsed documents to VCAT electronically (eg. by email).

Find out more about how to summons a witness

How to join a phone or videoconference

At VCAT we’re holding phone conferences or using the video platform Zoom for some hearings, mediations and compulsory conferences.

If we tell you to attend by phone and you want to change to a Zoom videoconference, contact us to ask.

How to join a phone or videoconference