High Court Amendment Rules (No 2) 2003

2003/342

High Court Amendment Rules (No 2) 2003


Note

These rules are administered in the Ministry of Justice.


Pursuant to section 51C of the Judicature Act 1908, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, and with the concurrence of the Right Honourable the Chief Justice and at least 2 other members of the Rules Committee (of whom at least 1 was a Judge of the High Court), makes the following rules.

1 Title
  • (1) These rules are the High Court Amendment Rules (No 2) 2003.

    (2) In these rules, the High Court Rules from time to time set out in Schedule 2 of the Judicature Act 1908 are called the High Court Rules.

2 Commencement
  • These rules come into force on 1 January 2004.

3 New Schedule 2 substituted
  • The High Court Rules are amended by revoking Schedule 2, and substituting Schedule 2 set out in Schedule 1 of these rules.

4 Transitional provision relating to application of new Schedule 2 of High Court Rules
  • (1) Costs in a proceeding commenced after the coming into force of these rules must be determined in accordance with Schedule 2 of the High Court Rules as substituted by rule 3 of these rules.

    (2) Costs in a proceeding commenced before the coming into force of these rules must be determined,—

    • (a) in the case of a step in the proceeding taken before the coming into force of these rules, in accordance with Schedule 2 of the High Court Rules as in force immediately before the coming into force of these rules; or

    • (b) in the case of a step in the proceeding taken after the coming into force of these rules, in accordance with Schedule 2 of the High Court Rules as substituted by rule 3 of these rules.

    (3) For the purposes of subclause (2), a step in a proceeding described in column 1 of Schedule 2 of these rules is taken on the date appearing opposite that step in column 2 of that schedule.


Schedule 1
New Schedule 2 substituted in High Court Rules

r 3

Schedule 2
Appropriate daily recovery rates

r 48A

(Note: The following are the appropriate daily recovery rates for the categories of proceedings referred to in rule 48.)

Category of proceedings referred to in rule 48Appropriate daily recovery rate
Category 1 proceedings$970 per day
Category 2 proceedings$1,450 per day
Category 3 proceedings$2,150 per day

Schedule 2
Dates on which steps taken for purposes of rule 4(3)

r 4

Step in proceedingDate on which step taken
1A step that requires the filing of a document or a number of documentsThe date on which the document or the first of the documents is filed
2Appearance in Court or in Chambers for each day or part of a dayThe date of the actual appearance
3Production of documents for inspectionThe date on which the list of documents is filed and served
4Inspection of documentsThe date on which the list of documents is filed and served
5Preparation for hearingThe first day of the hearing or, if the hearing does not eventuate, the hearing date allocated

Diane Morcom,

Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These rules amend the High Court Rules. The rules come into force on 1 January 2004.

Rule 3 replaces Schedule 2 of the High Court Rules with a new Schedule 2. Schedule 2 sets out the daily recovery rates for the purposes of costs awards. The new Schedule 2 increases those rates for each of the 3 categories of proceeding. Under the High Court Rules, awards of costs are determined on the basis of applying the appropriate daily recovery rate for the particular category of proceeding to the time allocated for each step in the proceeding specified in Schedule 3 of the High Court Rules.

Rule 4 is a transitional rule. The rule provides that the new rates apply to proceedings commenced after the new rates take effect. In the case of proceedings commenced before the new rates take effect,—

  • (a) the previous rates will apply to steps taken in the proceedings before the new rates take effect:

  • (b) the new rates will apply to steps taken in the proceedings after the new rates take effect.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 4 December 2003.