Representative proceedings under Part 10 of the
Civil Procedure Act 2005 (NSW), commonly described as class actions, generally refer to proceedings brought by seven or more persons where the claims arise out of the same, similar or related circumstances and which give rise to a substantial common question of law or fact.
This section of the Supreme Court's website contains links to court documents filed in cases where a class action has been commenced. Please select the particular current case from the left hand menu.
Class action proceedings will be assigned on their commencement to one of the judges on the panel of judges. At present, the panel of judges is as follows:
The Hon Justice Hoeben, Chief Judge at Common Law
The Hon Justice Ward, Chief Judge in Equity
The Hon Justice Garling
The Hon Justice Hammerschlag
The Hon Justice Beech-Jones
The Hon Justice Ball
The Hon Justice Sackar
Practice Note SC Gen 17 - Representative Proceedings provides guidance as to how class actions are managed. The Practice Note was most recently updated on 31 July 2017.
Practice Note SC Gen 17 is designed to facilitate the management of representative proceedings and, in particular, to assist in their prompt and efficient resolution. Practitioners should note that the provisions of SC Gen 9, SC Gen 10, SC Gen 11, SC CL 5, SC CL 7, SC Eq 5 and SC Eq 11 will not apply, save to the extent the judge managing particular proceedings orders to the contrary. This is to provide maximum flexibility in bringing the proceedings to trial and their prompt disposal at hearing.