Chapter 3
Rules of court

Current statutory provisions

3.2The Rules Committee is a statutory body established by section 51B of the Judicature Act 1908, which has an integral role in the making of rules of court.

3.3Section 51C of the 1908 Act provides the power to make rules regulating the practice and procedure of the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (including the practice and procedure on appeals) “for the purposes of facilitating the expeditious, inexpensive, and just dispatch of the business of the court, or of otherwise assisting in in the due administration of justice.” The 1908 Act also provides for specific rules relating to the nature and extent of reviews of the decisions of associate judges,22  form and manner of applications,23  and the powers of registrars.24

3.4Section 122 of the District Courts Act 1947 provides for the making of rules regulating the practice and procedure of the District Courts and other specified matters.

22Section 26P.
23Section 51E.
24Section 51F.