Using High Court Rules forms

Purpose of forms

The High Court Rules forms are templates you can use to prepare a document for a proceeding in the High Court.

The forms are grouped as follows:

  • general forms (G 1, G 2, etc) are those that the High Court Rules require, or authorise to be used, in a standard High Court proceeding:

  • judgment forms (J 1, J 2, etc) are those used when entering a formal judgment on the court record:

  • enforcement forms (E 1, E 2, etc) are those used when a judgment is being enforced:

  • commercial list forms (CL 1, CL 2, etc) are those used when proceedings are on, or are to be transferred to, the commercial list (Auckland registry only):

  • probate forms (PR 1, PR 2, etc) are those used in connection with applications for probate or administration:

  • admiralty forms (AD 1, AD 2, etc) are those used in the High Court’s admiralty jurisdiction over ships and cargo:

  • arbitration forms (Arb 1, Arb 2, etc) are those used when the High Court’s jurisdiction is invoked in relation to an arbitration:

  • company forms (C 1, C 2, etc) are those used in relation to a company’s liquidation:

  • bankruptcy forms (B 1, B 2, etc) are those used when a person is being adjudicated bankrupt, and in the administration of the bankrupt estate.

Preparing forms

Before preparing a form, check whether a High Court Rule applies. The relevant rule number appears at the top of each form. If a rule applies, comply with it.

To prepare a document using the forms
  • use the general heading as set out in form G 1 at the beginning of each document or any modified heading indicated:

  • replace text in [square brackets] with the relevant text:

  • when alternative statements are provided (statement A, statement B, etc), select the relevant statement or statements that apply and omit the others:

  • if required, renumber the numbered paragraphs so that the final document is numbered sequentially:

  • remove all instructions (always in italics) in the documents filed in the High Court or served on other parties—this includes instructions within square brackets, footnotes, and statement labels (statement A, statement B, etc).

Format and content of forms

The High Court Rules specify requirements for the presentation of forms. In particular, you should refer to the following rules:

  • Rule 1.21: this rule states that you may vary a prescribed form as the circumstances of the particular case require:

  • Rules 5.2 to 5.16: these rules indicate how the completed forms should be formatted and how the content should be presented. This includes specifications for page size, margins, numbering of pages, and division of content into numbered paragraphs:

  • Rule 5.10: this rule prescribes the content and format of the cover sheet of a document. When filing your first document as a party in a proceeding, at the end of it you must set out a memorandum containing prescribed information (see rule 5.44 and form G 10).

Swearing and affirming

Some documents, eg, affidavits, need to be solemnly verified. A form will indicate this by using the word “sworn” at the end of the document. This kind of document must be verified before a person who is authorised to take oaths, such as a solicitor or a Justice of the Peace.

However, under the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957 you may affirm instead of swearing an oath. “Affirming” means “solemnly, sincerely, and truly declaring and affirming” the contents of a document.

If you choose to affirm, change “sworn” to “affirmed” where it occurs in the form.

Form G 1 General heading for documents filed in proceeding

rr 5.11(2), 19.9(1)

In the High Court of New Zealand

*[Name of registry in English. Select from the table below.] Registry

I Te Kōti Matua O Aotearoa

[Name of registry in te reo Māori. Select from the table below.] Rohe

No: [number of proceeding]

Under the [name of Act under which the proceeding is authorised]

In the matter of [specify matter to which proceeding relates]

Between [full name, place of residence, occupation]

(plaintiff)

And [full name, place of residence, occupation]

(defendant)

Include the following if there is a counterclaim against both the plaintiff and another person.

Between [full name, place of residence, occupation]

(defendant)

And [full name, place of residence, occupation]

(plaintiff)

And [full name, place of residence, occupation]

(counterclaim defendant)

Names of registries
Name of registry in EnglishName of registry in te reo Māori
AucklandTāmaki Makaurau
BlenheimTe Waiharakeke
ChristchurchŌtautahi
DunedinŌtepoti
GisborneTūranganui-a-Kiwa
GreymouthMāwhera
HamiltonKirikiriroa
InvercargillWaihōpai
MastertonWhakaoriori
NapierAhuriri
NelsonWhakatū
New PlymouthNgāmotu
Palmerston NorthTe Papaioea
RotoruaTe Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe
TaurangaTauranga Moana
TimaruTe Tihi-o-Maru
WellingtonTe Whanganui-a-Tara
WhanganuiWhanganui
WhangareiWhangārei-terenga-parāoa

Schedule 1 form G 1: replaced, on 1 September 2017, by rule 27(1) of the High Court Rules 2016 Amendment Rules (No 2) 2017 (LI 2017/191).