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Contents (1970 - 01)
Supreme Court Rules 1970
Current version for 6 January 2017 to date (accessed 23 November 2017 at 18:35)
Part 1
Part 1 Preliminary
1   Name of Rules
These rules may be cited as the Supreme Court Rules 1970.
2   Commencement
These rules shall commence on the commencement of the Act.
Editorial note.
 Date of commencement: 1.7.1972. See Gazette No 59 of 2.6.1972, p 2018.
3–7   (Repealed)
8   Interpretation
cf RSC (Rev) 1965, O 13, r 1 (2).
(1)  In these rules, unless the context or subject matter otherwise indicates or requires:
ASIC means the entity known as the Australian Securities Commission prior to 1 July 1998, and subsequently known as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
assess, when used in relation to costs assessed otherwise than by the Court, means assess in accordance with Part 11 of the Legal Profession Act 1987.
associate Judge includes an acting associate Judge.
barrister has the same meaning as it has in the Legal Profession Act 1987.
Companies Code means the Companies (New South Wales) Code.
convention means a convention made between Her Majesty or any of her predecessors and the king or other head of state of a foreign country regarding legal proceedings in civil and commercial matters.
convention country means a foreign country to which a convention applies.
corporation includes any artificial person.
costs determination means a determination made under section 180 of the Legal Profession Act 1987 as in force from time to time prior to 1 July 1994.
cross-claim means a claim for relief under section 78 of the Act.
curator means:
(a)  in respect of a person:
(i)  the management of whose estate is, by the Protected Estates Act 1983 or by any order of the Court or the Guardianship Tribunal under that Act or under the Guardianship Act 1987, committed to the Protective Commissioner,
(ii)  of whose estate the Protective Commissioner has, in accordance with section 63 of the Protected Estates Act 1983, undertaken the management, or
(iii)  in relation to whose property the Protective Commissioner is authorised as mentioned in section 66 (1) (a) of that Act,
the Protective Commissioner,
(b)  in respect of a person of whose estate a manager has been appointed by order of the Court or the Guardianship Tribunal under section 22 of the Protected Estates Act 1983 or section 25M of the Guardianship Act 1987—the manager appointed.
disable person means a minor or an incompetent person.
document means any record of information, and includes:
(a)  anything on which there is writing,
(b)  anything on which there are marks, figures, symbols or perforations having a meaning for persons qualified to interpret them,
(c)  anything from which sounds, images or writings can be reproduced with or without the aid of anything else, or
(d)  a map, plan, drawing or photograph.
cf Act No 15 of 1987, s 21 (1).
expert means a person who has specialised knowledge based on the person’s training, study or experience.
fax means send a copy by facsimile transmission.
folio means 100 words, five figures being counted as one word.
cf Cost Rules, r 2. Rules of the Supreme Court (Revised) 1965 (Eng), O 1, r 4 (1).
Foreign Evidence Act means the Foreign Evidence Act 1994 of the Commonwealth.
funds includes money, debentures, stock, shares and other securities and investments.
incompetent person means:
(a)  a person who is not a minor and who is:
(i)  incapable of managing his or her affairs, or
(ii)  incommunicate, or
(b)  a minor who has a curator.
Law Courts Building means the building in which the Sydney registry of the Court is located.
Mutual Recognition Act means the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 of the Commonwealth.
notice means notice in writing.
cf RSC (Rev) 1965, O 66, r 2 (5).
officer, in relation to a corporation, includes a director and any person having (whether alone or with others) powers of management, direction or control of the corporation.
officer of the Court does not include a solicitor, barrister or liquidator.
originating process means a statement of claim, a summons or, where a cross-claim is made against a person not previously a party to the proceedings in which the cross-claim is made, the cross-claim.
pay, in relation to funds, includes transfer, deposit and deliver.
person bound, in relation to a judgment or order, means a person required by the judgment or order:
(a)  to pay money,
(b)  to give possession of land,
(c)  to deliver goods (with or without the alternative of paying the assessed value of the goods),
(d)  to do any other act, or
(e)  to abstain from doing any act.
personal injuries includes any disease and any impairment of a person’s physical or mental condition.
cf RSC (Rev) 1965, O 5, r 2.
registry means a registry at Lismore, Newcastle, Orange, Sydney, Wagga Wagga or Wollongong.
Riverina means the district of the State comprising Albury, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Griffith, Gundagai, Leeton, Narrandera, Temora, Tumut and Wagga Wagga.
solicitor has the same meaning as it has in the Legal Profession Act 1987.
the Act means the Supreme Court Act 1970.
the Evidence Act means the Evidence Act 1995.
the Service and Execution of Process Act means the Service and Execution of Process Act 1992 of the Commonwealth.
Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act means the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 of the Commonwealth.
tutor means a next friend or guardian ad litem of a disable person.
(2)  Where:
(a)  reference is made in the rules to the holder of an office in the Public Service or in the Australian Public Service, and
(b)  the name of the office is changed or the relevant function is assumed by the holder of another office,
the reference shall continue to apply to the holder of that office.
(3), (4)    (Repealed)
9   Seals
(1)  There shall be the seals mentioned in the first column in the table below, which shall be impressed seals and respectively shall have the wording mentioned in the second column of the table and shall be in the custody of the officer mentioned in the third column of the table.
Seal
Wording
Custody
General seal of the Court.
Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Prothonotary.
Seal of the Court of Appeal.
Supreme Court of New South Wales: Court of Appeal.
Registrar of the Court of Appeal.
Seal of each Division.
Supreme Court of New South Wales: (name of the Division).
Registrar of the Division.
cf Protective Jurisdiction Rules 1968, r 11 (1).
(2)  Each of the seals mentioned in subrule (1) shall have effect as the seal of the Court.
(3)  Except where the rules otherwise provide, but subject to subrule (4), the seal of the Court of Appeal or the general seal of the Court shall be used for the purpose of proceedings in the Court of Appeal and the seal of each Division or the general seal of the Court shall be used for the purpose of proceedings in that Division.
(4)  A rubber stamp facsimile of any seal may be used instead of the seal for any purpose.
cf PJR r 11 (3).
(5)    (Repealed)
9A, 9B   (Repealed)
9C   Filing prescribed bail forms by fax
A document, which concerns an application relating to bail and the form of which is prescribed by the rules, shall be sufficiently filed if a copy of the document, produced in the Sydney registry by a facsimile transmission machine, is filed.
10, 10A   (Repealed)
11   Forms
cf Act No 15 of 1987, s 80.
(1)  Forms are prescribed in Schedule F.
(2)  A reference in any such form to a provision of these rules includes a reference to the corresponding provision (if any) of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005.
(3)  If a form is approved under section 17 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005 in relation to the same matter as that for which a form is prescribed in Schedule F, the form to be used is the approved form and not the prescribed form.
11A, 12   (Repealed)
13   Procedure wanting or in doubt
(1)  Where a person desires to commence proceedings or take any step in any proceedings, and the manner or form of procedure is not prescribed by the Act or the rules or by or under any other Act or that person is in doubt as to the manner or form of procedure, the Court may, on application by that person, give directions.
cf High Court Rules, O 72, r 1 (1).
(2)  Proceedings commenced in accordance with the directions of the Court shall be well commenced.
cf HCR, O 72, r 1 (2).
(3)  A step taken in accordance with the directions of the Court shall be regular and sufficient.
cf HCR, O 72, r 1 (2).
(4)  In respect of proceedings to be commenced for directions under subrule (1), application may be made by summons in any Division.
14   (Repealed)