The eDocs Portal is now live.
External court users are able to use the eDocs Portal for electronic filing of new documents and to file on existing cases for all jurisdictions across the Children’s Court of Victoria, excluding child protection, and the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.
Forms in and out of scope for eDocs
While most forms are included in eDocs, there are several 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.
- Download the full list of forms (XLSX 113.52 KB) able to be lodged in the eDocs Portal.
This is the first part of a broader new case management system that will be rolled out over the next few years.
Please note: self-represented parties are not included in the implementation of eDocs.
The CMS project
A new Case Management System (CMS) is being developed for the Children's Court of Victoria (ChCV) and the Magistrates' Court of Victoria (MCV) 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 ChCV and MCV, 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.
eDocs – electronic document lodgement
Electronic document lodgement, known as eDocs, 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.
This is a preliminary step being introduced as part of the new case management system that will be rolled out over the next few years. At the ChCV eDocs will be used for lodging criminal and intervention order documents.
All jurisdictions of the ChCV, including child protection will be part of the final case management system at the end of 2021.
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:
- submit and manage case documents electronically
- view, track and download submissions when needed
- receive email notifications and updates when documents have been progressed.
eDocs enables greater consistency in the process of initiation of cases across all Courts in the State.
This will provide court users:
- timely exchange of information
- no need to attend court sites to submit documentation
- less paper-based administration.