High Court Rules 2016

  • Warning: Some amendments have not yet been incorporated
  • This version was replaced on 29 January 2018 to make a correction to rule 20.13(3) under section 25(1)(k) of the Legislation Act 2012, and on 13 June 2018 to make corrections to Schedule 1 form G 1 under section 25(1)(g) of the Legislation Act 2012, and on 5 February 2019 to make a correction to Schedule 1 form B 5 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.
14.3 Categorisation of proceedings


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

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


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.

Compare: 1908 No 89 Schedule 2 r 48