District Court Rules 2014

18.3 Judge may call conference and give directions

(1)

For the purpose of ensuring that any appeal is determined in a convenient and expeditious manner, and that all matters in dispute are effectively and completely determined, a Judge may hold a conference of parties or counsel presided over by the Judge—

(a)

at any time, and on any terms the Judge thinks fit:

(b)

on the application of any party or without application.

(2)

A Judge presiding at a conference may—

(a)

settle the issues to be determined:

(b)

direct which persons are to be named as the respondents, or direct that the name of any party be added or struck out:

(c)

fix a time for the filing of affidavits or other documents:

(d)

fix a time and place for the hearing of the appeal:

(e)

make an order in accordance with rule 18.15:

(f)

give directions as to the manner in which evidence is to be brought before the court at the hearing of the appeal:

(g)

give any other directions necessary for the proper determination of the appeal.

(3)

At any time before the hearing of an appeal has started, a Judge may, for the purposes of subclause (1), exercise any of the powers specified in subclause (2) without holding a conference.

Compare: SR 2009/257 r 14.4