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What do I need to know?

For some civil cases heard in Melbourne, you can find records by searching for the surname of the plaintiff or respondent. These cases cover approximately the periods 1861–1919 and 1960–1966.

These date ranges are dynamic, as the volunteer project to index civil case records for online searching is ongoing.

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What are in these records?

In the Civil Case File 

  • document tendered to serve a summons
  • papers lodged by plaintiff or respondent
  • papers from the trial or before the action (including the judgement).


What you won’t find in a Civil Case File 

    • trial transcripts

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