District Court Rules 2014

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  • This version was replaced on 22 August 2019 to make corrections to form 104 under section 25(1)(m) of the Legislation Act 2012, and on 10 July 2020 to make corrections to rule 21.2(1) under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
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14.3 Categorisation of proceedings


For the purposes of rule 14.2(1)(b), proceedings must be classified as falling within 1 of the following categories:

Category 1 proceedingsProceedings of a straightforward nature able to be conducted by counsel considered junior
Category 2 proceedingsProceedings of average complexity requiring counsel of skill and experience considered average
Category 3 proceedingsProceedings that because of their complexity or significance require counsel to have special skill and experience


The court may at any time determine in advance a proceeding’s category, which applies to all subsequent determinations of costs in the proceeding, unless there are special reasons to the contrary.


Each step specified in item 19 of Schedule 4 of these rules must be treated as having been taken in a category 2 proceeding.


Unless the court otherwise directs, subclause (3) applies to a proceeding even if the court has, under subclause (2), determined the category of the proceeding.

Compare: HCR 14.3; SR 2009/257 r 4.3