RedCrest SCV-CMS offers a comprehensive ‘one-stop-shop’ case management system for a proceeding in the Supreme Court, presented in a simple, workable and secure format. It provides a range of state-of-the-art features to assist in the management of a case from start to finish and will significantly enhance communications between the Court and those participating in litigation.
The system is designed with simplicity as a central feature. For most users it will require little or no training beyond reading this manual and a small amount of practice.
RedCrest was planned by the Court as a pilot for the Technology, Engineering and Construction (TEC) List. The legal profession provided valuable input into its development through the TEC Users’ Group. Specifications were in place by the end of December 2010, with a working prototype operational by 19 April 2011. It will be introduced into the TEC List, initially as a pilot for the rest of the Court, with a planned commencement date of 22 September 2011. The continuing contribution of the legal profession to the further evolution of the system in partnership with the Court is welcomed.
The electronic file created in RedCrest will become the Court file in a proceeding. It may be accessed by the Court, legal practitioners (barristers and solicitors) and others who have been approved by the Court and issued with a username and password. The file may be accessed and used online ‘24/7’ from any location via the internet: by solicitors for filing, and by solicitors and counsel and others for viewing and using all documents in a proceeding (eg. filed documents, transcripts, and orders).
Except for a new Originating Process and Appearance form designed for RedCrest SCV-CMS, the existing Rules of Court will continue to apply in relation to the documents which are filed.
The RedCrest SCV-CMS Co-ordinator is a person appointed to administer the user names and passwords and the system generally. The Co-ordinator will also provide a ‘Help Desk’ facility. For contact details see below.
s/ Hon. Justice Peter Vickery
Judge-in-Charge, RedCrest SCV-CMS
Supreme Court of Victoria