Declaratory Judgments Act 1908

3 Declaratory orders on originating summons

Where any person has done or desires to do any act the validity, legality, or effect of which depends on the construction or validity of any statute, or any regulation made by the Governor-General in Council under statutory authority, or any bylaw made by a local authority, or any deed, will, or document of title, or any agreement made or evidenced by writing, or any memorandum or articles of association of any company or body corporate, or any instrument prescribing the powers of any company or body corporate; or

Where any person claims to have acquired any right under any such statute, regulation, bylaw, deed, will, document of title, agreement, memorandum, articles, or instrument, or to be in any other manner interested in the construction or validity thereof,—

such person may apply to the High Court by originating summons for a declaratory order determining any question as to the construction or validity of such statute, regulation, bylaw, deed, will, document of title, agreement, memorandum, articles, or instrument, or of any part thereof.

The words “returnable in the said Court” were omitted by section 2 Declaratory Judgments Amendment Act 1966 (1966 No 57).