2.10.1 A plaintiff starts a proceeding (other than a proceeding in admiralty or defamation, or to enforce an arbitral award) by filing a notice of claim in form 2.
2.10.2 A plaintiff starts a proceeding against 2 or more defendants by filing a single notice of claim in form 2 that names each defendant.
2.10.3 The plaintiff must, as soon as practicable after filing the notice of claim, serve a copy of the notice of claim on each defendant.
2.10.4 The proceeding comes to an end if the plaintiff does not serve the notice of claim within 12 months after the date on which the notice of claim is filed or within the further time allowed by the court under rule 2.10.6.
2.10.5 The plaintiff may, before or after the expiration of the period referred to in rule 2.10.4, apply to the court or a Registrar for an order extending that period in respect of any person who has not been served.
2.10.6 On application under rule 2.10.5, the court or Registrar, if satisfied that reasonable efforts have been made to serve the notice of claim, or for other good reason, may extend the period of service by 6 months starting on the date on which the order is made and so on from time to time while the proceeding is pending.
2.10.7 A proceeding that comes to an end under this rule is treated as having been discontinued by the plaintiff.
Compare: SR 1992/109 rr 112, 133, 134