9 Urgency


An application for a writ of habeas corpus must be given precedence over all other matters before the High Court unless a Judge of that court considers that the circumstances require otherwise.


Judges and employees of the Ministry of Justice must ensure that every application, including any interlocutory application, is disposed of as a matter of priority and urgency.


The Registrar must allocate a date for the inter partes hearing of an application that is no later than 3 working days after the date on which the application is filed.

Section 9(1): amended, on 30 March 2013 (applying in respect of an application made under this Act whether before, on, or after this date), by section 5 of the Habeas Corpus Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 9).

Section 9(1): amended, on 1 October 2003, pursuant to section 14(1) of the State Sector Amendment Act 2003 (2003 No 41).