These rules are the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005.
(1) Words and expressions that are defined in the Dictionary at the end of these rules have the meanings set out in the Dictionary.(2) Notes included in these rules do not form part of these rules.Note. In the notes, DCR means the District Court Rules 1973, LCR means the Local Courts (Civil Claims) Rules 1988 and SCR means the Supreme Court Rules 1970.
(1) For the purposes of these rules:(a) a reference in these rules to a barrister is a reference to a legal practitioner who practises as a barrister, and(b) a reference in these rules to a solicitor is a reference to a legal practitioner who practises as a solicitor.Note. The rights of a person to practise as a barrister or to practise as a solicitor are regulated by the Legal Profession Act 2004.(2) For the purposes of rule 33.9 (9), a reference to a solicitor for a party includes a reference to:(a) a solicitor acting as agent for the solicitor for a party, and(b) any other solicitor belonging to or employed by the same firm or organisation as the solicitor for a party or the solicitor acting as agent for the solicitor for a party.(3) For the purposes of rule 33.9 (10):(a) a reference to a solicitor who removes a document or thing from the office of the registrar includes a reference to a solicitor who directs a person referred to in paragraph (b) to remove a document or thing from the office of the registrar, and(b) a reference to the personal custody of the solicitor includes a reference to the personal custody of:(i) any other solicitor belonging to or employed by the same firm or organisation as that solicitor, or any other person employed by that firm or organisation, and(ii) any other solicitor acting as agent for that solicitor, and(iii) any other solicitor belonging to or employed by the same firm or organisation as a solicitor acting as agent for that solicitor, or any other person employed by that firm or organisation, and(iv) if the registrar has approved a firm or organisation to provide photocopying services in respect of documents, any employee of a firm or organisation so approved.
(cf SCR Part 1, rule 14)These rules do not affect the right of any person to commence proceedings for discovery.
(1) Subject to subrule (2), these rules apply to each court referred to in Column 1 of Schedule 1 in relation to civil proceedings of a kind referred to in Column 2 of that Schedule.(2) In respect of each court referred to in Column 1 of Schedule 1, civil proceedings of a kind referred to in Column 2 of that Schedule are excluded from the operation of each provision of these rules referred to in Column 4 of that Schedule in respect of those proceedings.(3) The exclusion of civil proceedings from any such provision is subject to such conditions, limitations or exceptions as are specified in Column 4 of Schedule 1 in relation to that provision.
1.6 Exclusion of provisions of Civil Procedure Act 2005
In respect of each court referred to in Column 1 of Schedule 1:(a) civil proceedings of a kind referred to in Column 2 of that Schedule are excluded from the operation of the provisions of Parts 3–9 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005 referred to in Column 3 of that Schedule in respect of those proceedings, and(b) the following proceedings, to the extent to which they are civil proceedings, are excluded from all of Parts 3–9 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005:(i) proceedings under the Mental Health (Criminal Procedure) Act 1990,(ii) proceedings under the Habitual Criminals Act 1957,(iii) proceedings under the Bail Act 1978,(iv) proceedings under the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007,(v) proceedings under Part 4 of the Victims Support and Rehabilitation Act 1996.
The rules of court specified in Schedule 2 prevail over these rules.
(cf SCR Part 23, rule 4 (b) and (d))The court may determine any question arising under these rules (including any question of privilege) and, for that purpose:(a) may inspect any document in relation to which such a question arises, and(b) if the document is not before the court, may order that the document be produced to the court for inspection.
(cf SCR Part 36, rule 13; DCR Part 28, rule 16)(1) This rule applies in the following circumstances:(a) if the court orders a person, by subpoena or otherwise, to produce a document to the court or to an authorised officer,(b) if a party requires another party, by notice under rule 34.1, to produce a document to the court or to an authorised officer,(c) if a question is put to a person in the course of an examination before the court or an authorised officer.(2) In subrule (1), authorised officer means:(a) any officer of the court, or(b) any examiner, referee, arbitrator or other person who is authorised by law to receive evidence.(3) A person may object to producing a document on the ground that the document is a privileged document or to answering a question on the ground that the answer would disclose privileged information.(4) A person objecting under subrule (3) may not be compelled to produce the document, or to answer the question, unless and until the objection is overruled.(5) For the purpose of ruling on the objection:(a) evidence in relation to the claim of privilege may be received from any person, by affidavit or otherwise, and(b) cross-examination may be permitted on any affidavit used, and(c) in the case of an objection to the production of a document, the person objecting may be compelled to produce the document.(6) This rule does not affect any law that authorises or requires a person to withhold a document, or to refuse to answer a question, on the ground that producing the document, or answering the question, would be injurious to the public interest.
(DCR Part 43A, rule 1)(1) For the purposes of section 18FB (1) of the District Court Act 1973, all of the powers of the District Court are conferred on the judicial registrar of that Court other than:(a) the powers of the Court in its criminal jurisdiction, or(b) the power of the Court to deal with contempt of court.(2) Subrule (1) (b) does not prevent the judicial registrar from reporting to the District Court constituted by a Judge any allegation of contempt of the Court.
(cf SCR Part 60, rule 1A)(1) Subject to subrule (2), an associate Judge of the Supreme Court may exercise any of the powers of the Court under the Civil Procedure Act 2005, or under rules of court, in relation to defamation proceedings.(2) An associate Judge may not exercise the power conferred by rule 29.15 or 29.16 in relation to any such proceedings.Note. Section 118 of the Supreme Court Act 1970 sets out the powers exercisable by an associate Judge. Those powers include powers conferred by rules of court. In addition to the power conferred by this rule, see rule 1A of Part 60 of the Supreme Court Rules 1970, together with Schedule D to those rules, for other powers of the Supreme Court that may be exercised by an associate Judge.
The provisions of Part 11A have effect on and from the day on which the Hague Convention enters into force for Australia.