Court cases can by tracked by registering an email address and/or mobile phone number with the Electronic Filing Appearance System (EFAS).
Most criminal cases can be tracked via EFAS, excluding:
- family violence intervention order matters
- personal safety intervention order matters
- matters that are the subject to a suppression order.
You must nominate if you are a party to the matter before you can start tracking.
To track a case, visit the EFAS website and:
- find the case or person you want to track on the Browse court or Case search tab
- click the case number you want to track, for example J10817824
- enter your details in the Case tracking section at the bottom of the page
- click Submit details.
When a matter is finalised, you will stop receiving updates. If you want to remove tracking from an active case, find and select the case in EFAS and select the Remove button. Enter the email address and/or mobile phone you don’t want to receive notifications on.
If an accused person has been charged by Victoria Police, or given their contact details to the court, they may automatically receive updates about their case.
Civil jurisdiction case tracking
From 3 October 2022, the CMS Portal hearing search replaces the civil components of EFAS. This means that court users can track cases filed in the civil jurisdiction only.
To track a case listed in the civil jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria:
- go to the CMS Portal hearing search
- enter the case number and case type into the appropriate fields as well as any additional information that may be relevant
- complete the Captcha and click Search. Your hearing should appear below.
The CMS Portal is in its civil release — the second phase of the journey in moving from hard copy documents to digital filing, reducing the need to physically attend court.