Whereas by section 3 of the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act 1934 the Governor-General, if he is satisfied that in the event of the benefits conferred by Part 1 of the said Act being extended to judgments given in the superior courts of any foreign country substantial reciprocity of treatment will be assured as respects the enforcement in that foreign country of judgments given in the superior courts of New Zealand, is empowered to direct by Order in Council that Part 1 of the said Act shall extend to that foreign country and that such courts of that foreign country as are specified in the order shall be deemed to be superior courts of that country for the purposes of the said Part 1:
And whereas a Convention, a copy of the English text whereof is set out in the Schedule, relating to the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments, signed at Brussels on 28 May 1934, has been ratified by His Majesty the King and His Majesty the King of the Belgians:
And whereas an agreement having been concluded by an exchange of notes as to the courts which shall be deemed to be superior courts for the purposes of the Convention and the courts to which application for registration of any judgment shall be made (the New Zealand court to be deemed such a superior court being the Supreme Court, and the New Zealand court to be deemed the court to which application for registration of any judgment shall be made being also the Supreme Court), His Majesty has by a notification given through the diplomatic channel acceded to the Convention in respect of the Dominion of New Zealand, whose Government has expressed its desire that such accession should be effected:
And whereas such accession came into force on 2 March 1938:
And whereas His Excellency is satisfied that in the event of Part 1 of the said Act being extended to judgments given in the superior courts of Belgium substantial reciprocity of treatment will, under the terms of the said Convention, be assured as respects the enforcement in Belgium of judgments given in the superior courts of New Zealand, and is accordingly minded to direct that Part 1 of the said Act shall extend to Belgium:
And whereas it is expedient to specify the courts in Belgium which are for the purposes of this Act to be deemed to be superior courts; and, further, in order to give effect to the said Convention, to make certain provisions in relation to matters with respect to which there is power to make rules of court for the purposes of the said Act:
Now, therefore, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, and with the concurrence therein so far as the order hereby made amounts to rules of procedure in relation to proceedings of the Supreme Court of the Right Honourable the Chief Justice and of 6 other members of the Rules Committee constituted under the Judicature Amendment Act 1930 (2 of such other members being Judges of the Supreme Court), doth hereby make the following rules.