This note is not part of the rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These rules, which come into force on 11 November 2013, make a mixture of substantive and technical changes to the High Court Rules (the principal rules).
First, the principal rules (see rules 4 to 8) are amended to allow unrepresented parties to specify post office boxes, document exchange boxes, fax numbers, or email addresses as addresses for service as well as a physical address (in order to place unrepresented parties in the same position as represented parties).
Secondly, rules 10 to 12 and 22 insert a new provision containing an outline of the case management procedures for different types of proceedings and make minor changes to the operation of the case management provisions.
Thirdly, rule 13 sets out a new rule 7.43A containing a power to give directions as to the conduct of proceedings by interlocutory order. In related changes, a number of other rules alter cross-references in other rules to this new rule, or delete or replace references to rule 7.9 (which previously contained a similar power of direction).
Fourthly, rule 16 amends rule 9.4 of the principal rules to require parties using an electronic format for common bundles to have regard to any practice note issued by the Chief High Court Judge relating to electronic formats for common bundles.
Fifthly, rules 19 and 20 make amendments that extend the general period for service of certain documents (including an interlocutory application on notice, a supporting affidavit, a notice of proceeding, a statement of claim, and a statement of defence) from 15 working days to 25 working days before the date of hearing. This will reduce the need for applications to the court to extend the time for filing a notice of opposition and an affidavit.
Sixthly, rule 25 amends rule 24.9 of the principal rules to extend the period of service for bankruptcy notices from 1 month to 6 months, to provide criteria to guide decisions about the further extension of that period, and to provide that bankruptcy notices are to be served in accordance with Part 6 of the principal rules.
Finally, these rules correct referential and other minor errors in the principal rules.