Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Act 2004

Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Rules 2005

 

Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Rules 2005

Contents

Part 1 — Preliminary

1.Citation1

2.Commencement1

3.These rules to be read with Magistrates Court (General) Rules 20051

4.Terms used1

5.Application of these rules3

Part 2 — Claims generally

6.Application of this Part4

7.Originating claim, making and serving4

7A.Statement of claim4

8.Making and serving third party claim5

9.Response to claim6

10.Statement of defence or statement of defence and counterclaim6

11.Objecting to counterclaim (Act s. 9(4))7

12.Reply and statement of defence to counterclaim7

Part 3 — Claims to recover possession of real property

13.Claim to recover possession of real property, making9

14.Notice demanding possession, lodging9

15.Serving claim9

16.Registrar to list case for status conference9

Part 5 — Failure to defend a claim

20.Application of this Part10

21.Assessing claims when application for default judgment is made10

23.Claim to recover possession of personal property, default judgment for12

24.Default judgment not to be given in certain cases12

25A.Default judgment one year or more after originating claim, referral to Magistrate12

25.Application for default judgment to be dismissed if not granted13

26.Costs when registrar gives default judgment13

Part 6 — Admission and discontinuance

27.Admitting alleged facts, manner of14

28.Invitation to admit alleged fact14

29A.Party admitting whole claim, judgment in case of14

29B.Party admitting part of claim may offer to settle claim15

29C.Party admitting whole claim may dispute amount claimed15

29.Party may discontinue claim16

Part 7 — Disclosure of documents

30A.Informal disclosure17

30.Party must disclose documents when ordered17

31.Affidavit of disclosure17

32.Objecting to disclosure of documents18

33.Inspecting disclosed documents18

34.Disclosed documents to be available at trial19

Part 8 — Answers to interrogatories and requests for further particulars

35.Order to answer interrogatories, application for (Act s. 16(1)(n))20

36.Party must answer interrogatories when ordered20

37.Affidavit of answers20

38.Requesting further particulars of a pleading21

Part 9 — Pre‑trial conferences

39.Listing of pre‑trial conferences22

40.Pre‑trial conference, purpose of and registrar’s powers at23

41A.Statement of claim, effect of order to lodge24

41B.Effect of order to lodge statement of defence or statement of defence and counterclaim24

41D.Amending documents lodged and served under Part 224

41.Attendance at pre‑trial conferences25

42.Further pre‑trial conference or status conference may be listed26

43.Things said or done at pre‑trial conference, status of26

Part 10 — Status conferences

45.Purpose of status conference27

46.Attendance at status conference27

47.Powers of magistrate at status conference27

Part 11 — Mediation

49.Mediation conference, parties to arrange if Court orders mediation29

50.Attendance at mediation conferences29

51.Outcome of mediation, claimant to lodge notice of29

52.Further status conference if case not settled at mediation29

Part 12 — Consent orders and settlement

Division 1 — Consent

53.Consenting to judgment or order, manner of30

54.Memorandum of consent, registrar’s powers on30

55.Consent by one party, manner of giving30

56.Person under legal disability, settling claims involving30

Division 2 — Offers of settlement

57.Offer of settlement, making31

58.Offers to be confidential and made without prejudice31

59.Receipt of offer to be acknowledged32

60.Period within which offer may be accepted32

61.Accepting offer32

62.Period within which offered sums must be paid32

63.Withdrawing acceptance of offer33

64.Requesting and giving judgment after offer accepted33

65.Post‑offer costs, orders for34

Part 13 — Trial

Division 1 — General

66.Terms used35

67.Who is first party to present case35

68.Opening addresses and adducing evidence, order of35

69.Closing addresses, order of35

70.Attendance at trial36

Division 2 — Witnesses

71.Witness summons36

71A.Compliance with witness summons37

72.Expert evidence, orders required for38

73.Children and special witnesses, application for orders as to evidence of38

74.Affidavit evidence, when may be adduced38

Division 3 — Exhibits

75.Records requiring device to read, admission of39

76.Return of exhibits after trial39

Part 14 — Orders and judgments

77.Person under legal disability, payments to40

78.Certificate of judgment, requesting40

79.Applying to set aside summary or default judgment (Act s. 17(3), 18(6) and 19(3))40

80.Registrars’ decisions taken to be decision of Court40

Part 15 — Costs

Division 1 — Assessments

81.Bill of costs: lodging and serving41

82.Bill of costs: objecting to41

83.Assessment when objection made41

84.Assessment when no objection made41

85.Bill of costs: form of, and supporting documents42

86.Assessments, conduct of42

Division 2 — Determining value of claim

87.Value of claim to be determined under this Division43

88.Originating claim successful and no successful counterclaim, value of originating claim43

89.Originating claim and counterclaim successful, value of each43

90.Originating claim unsuccessful and counterclaim successful, value of counterclaim44

91.Originating claim and counterclaim unsuccessful, value of each44

92.Claims by or against third parties, value of44

93.Claims to recover possession of real property, value of44

94.Claims to recover possession of personal property, value of45

Division 3 — Security for costs

94A.Term used: claimant45

94B.Factors that are not grounds for ordering security for costs45

94C.Grounds for ordering security for costs45

94D.Court has discretion46

94E.Manner of giving security47

94F.Action may be stayed47

94G.Payment out47

Part 16A — Inactive cases

95A.Term used: inactive case48

95B.Case taken to be inactive48

95C.Notification of inactive case48

95D.Consequences of case becoming an inactive case49

95E.Cases no longer taken to be inactive49

95F.Certain inactive cases taken to be dismissed50

Part 16  Lodging documents

95.Terms used51

96.ECMS exempt51

97.General rules about lodging documents52

98.Registry at which originating claims and applications must be lodged53

98A.Lodging multiple copies54

98B.Powers of the Court in relation to lodgment54

98C.Requirement to lodge documents using the ECMS55

98D.Lodging by email56

98E.Form of documents lodged using ECMS or by email57

98F.Lodging by post58

98G.Lodging by fax58

98H.Time of lodgment60

99.Chief Magistrate may declare ECMS unavailable60

Part 17 — Serving documents

Division 1 — General

99A.Terms used61

100.Service of documents61

101.How documents served61

102.Address for service in lodged documents62

103.Certificate of service by enforcement officer, administrative staff member or departmental officer63

104.Affidavit of service by other persons64

Division 2 — Personal service

105.Personal service on individual, how effected64

106.Personal service on partnership, how effected65

107.Personal service on corporation, how effected65

108.Personal service on public authority, how effected66

Division 3 — Miscellaneous

109A.Substituted service, applying for (Act s. 16(1)(t))66

Part 18 — Applications

109.Applying for Court order except judgment67

110.Supporting affidavit67

111.Application must be served67

112.Response to application68

113.Dealing with application69

113A.No response filed69

Part 19 — Affidavits

114.Form of affidavits70

115.Content of affidavits70

Part 20 — Litigation guardians

116.Terms used71

117.Application of this Part71

118.Represented persons to have litigation guardians71

119.Litigation guardian of represented person must lodge affidavit72

120.Children, litigation guardians for73

121.Litigation guardian of child must lodge affidavit73

122.Litigation guardian, application by to be appointed74

Part 21 — Jurisdiction conferred by other Acts

Division 1 — General

123.Terms used75

124.Applications to which this Division applies75

125.Application, form of77

126.Application must be served77

127.Registrar to list case for status conference78

128.Application of rules generally79

129A.Dealing with application79

129AB.Animal Welfare Act 2002 s. 44 and 56, application under79

129B.Criminal and Found Property Disposal Act 2006, application under80

129C.Criminal Investigation Act 2006 s. 49(1) and 147(5), application under80

129D.Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 201481

129.Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970, application under81

130A.Application under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 52N(1)81

130B.Dealing with application under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 52N(1)82

130C.Process where summons issued under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Pt. 4 Div. 3E82

130D.Process where arrest warrant issued under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Pt. 4 Div. 3E83

130E.Process for warrant of commitment inquiry under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Pt. 4 Div. 3E83

130.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 69(1), application under84

131AA.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94(2), application under85

131AB.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94, location of interpleader proceedings86

131AC.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94, interpleader proceedings86

131AD.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94, power to delay sale87

131A.National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cwlth) s. 199(1)(b), application under87

131B.Prohibited Behaviour Orders Act 2010, application under87

131C.Weapons Act 1999 s. 17(1), application under90

Division 1A — Restraining Orders Act 1997

131CAA.Terms used90

131CAB.Fixing conference under s. 49D90

131CA.Fixing hearing under s. 9 or 2691

131CB.Preparing, serving and delivering restraining orders under s. 10(1)91

131CC.Application for FVRO under s. 24A92

131CD.Application for VRO under s. 2593

131CE.Applicant’s declaration if application is to be made by ECMS93

131CF.Relationship with Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 Pt. 2 Div. 394

131D.Forms under Act94

Division 2 — Civil Judgments Enforcement Act 2004

131.Means inquiries, registrars’ powers for94

132.Other applications and requests dealt with by registrars95

Division 3A — Warehousemen’s Liens Act 1952

133AAA.Terms used95

133AAB.Application for order under s. 7(7A)96

133AAC.Payments into court under s. 10(2A)96

133AAD.Application for order under s. 10(2B)97

133AAE.Court may act on its own initiative under s. 10(2B)98

Division 3 — Applications under other written laws

133AA.Applications under other written laws, making etc.99

Part 22 — Miscellaneous

133A.Change of venue, application for (Act s. 22)100

133B.Typographical and other errors, correcting100

133.Forms to be available100

134.Partnerships, conduct of cases by100

135.Who may sign or do other things for partnerships, corporations etc.101

136.Cases remitted from superior court101

137.Payments into Court102

138.Residential Tenancies Act 1987 s. 18(2)(b), notices under102

Part 23 — Transitional rules for the Magistrates Court Rules Amendment Rules 2020

139.Terms used in this Part103

140.Application of amended Rules in relation to transitional cases103

141.Application of former Rules in relation to certain transitional cases104

142.Listing transitional cases for a status conference104

143.Court or registrar may give directions in relation to transitional issues105

Schedule 1 — Forms prescribed for Restraining Orders Act 1997

Notes

Compilation table178

Defined terms

 

Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Act 2004

Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Rules 2005

Part 1  Preliminary

1.Citation

These rules are the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Rules 2005.

2.Commencement

These rules come into operation on the day on which the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 comes into operation.

3.These rules to be read with Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005

These rules are to be read with the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005.

4.Terms used

In these rules, unless the contrary intention appears —

Act means the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Act 2004;

application means an application made under Part 18;

approved form means the form approved by the Chief Magistrate;

approved user, of the ECMS, has the meaning given in the Criminal Procedure Regulations 2005 regulation 3(1);

counterclaim means a claim made by a defendant against a claimant including a claim for set‑off;

default judgment means a judgment given under the Act section 19(2)(b), and includes a dismissal of a claim for want of service without consideration of its merits;

defendant means a party against which a claim is made by a claimant;

ECMS means the electronic case management system for the management of proceedings in Western Australian courts and tribunals;

enforcement officer has the meaning given to that term in the Civil Judgments Enforcement Act 2004 section 3;

lodge has the meaning affected by rule 95;

order includes a direction;

originating claim means a claim that commences a case;

partnership means —

(a)a partnership as defined in the Partnership Act 1895 section 7; or

(b)an unincorporated company or association formed for the purposes of gain; or

(c)3 or more persons who otherwise have a joint or several interest or liability in a case;

personal service has a meaning corresponding with the meaning of serve personally;

pre‑trial conference means a conference held under Part 9;

Public Trustee means the Public Trustee under the Public Trustee Act 1941;

registrar does not include a deputy registrar;

response means a response made under rule 9 to a claim;

serve has a meaning affected by rule 100;

serve personally, in relation to a document, means to serve the document in accordance with Part 17 Division 2;

status conference means a conference held under Part 10;

successful party, in relation to a costs order, means the party in whose favour the order is made;

third party means a party against which a third party claim is made;

third party claim means a claim made by a defendant against a party other than the claimant relating to the claim against the defendant;

trial date means the first day of the trial;

unsuccessful party, in relation to a costs order, means a party against which the order is made;

working day means a day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a public holiday.

[Rule 4 amended: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4328; 3 Jun 2008 p. 2123; SL 2020/54 r. 4; SL 2020/67 r. 4.]

5.Application of these rules

(1)Unless the contrary intention appears or the Court in a particular case orders otherwise, these rules apply in every case except a minor case.

(2)Unless the contrary intention appears, these rules do not apply to or in relation to an application made to the Court under the Residential Tenancies Act 1987.

[Rule 5 amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3191; SL 2021/25 r. 4.]

Part 2 — Claims generally

6.Application of this Part

This Part applies to a claim except a claim to recover possession of real property.

[Rule 6 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2124.]

7.Originating claim, making and serving

(1)If a party wants to make an originating claim the party must lodge the approved form.

(2)The claim must be lodged and served together with an approved form that may be used for making a response under rule 9.

(3)The claim may, but need not, be lodged and served together with a statement of claim.

(4)The claim must be served as soon as practicable, and in any event within one year, after the day on which it is lodged.

(5)Unless these rules or an Act provides otherwise, the claim must be served personally.

[Rule 7 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2124; amended: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4177.]

7A.Statement of claim

(1)Unless the party has lodged and served its statement of claim with its claim under rule 7 the party must lodge and serve the statement of claim —

(a)if the claim is an originating claim, within 14 days after the party has received a response that indicates an intention to defend the claim, or such other time as is ordered by the registrar; and

(b)if the claim is a third party claim, within 14 days after the party has received a response that indicates an intention to defend the claim, or such other time as is ordered by the registrar.

(2)A statement of claim must be in the approved form.

(3)Unless otherwise ordered by the registrar under rule 41A, the statement of claim must contain all of the following —

(a)the material facts relevant to the claim;

(b)any necessary particulars of the claim;

(c)the legal basis of the claim;

(d)the remedy or relief claimed;

(e)if the amount of the claim has been reduced in order to bring the claim within the jurisdictional limit, a statement to that effect.

(3A)A statement of claim is not to include evidence.

(4)If a party does not comply with this rule, the registrar may, in the absence of the parties, give default judgment against the party, and in that case Part 5, except rule 24, with any necessary modifications, applies in relation to the default judgment.

[Rule 7A inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4177-8; amended: Gazette 21 Jul 2017 p. 4024; SL 2020/67 r. 5.]

8.Making and serving third party claim

(1)If a party wants to make a third party claim the party must lodge the approved form.

(2)The third party claim must be lodged and served together with —

(a)the relevant statement of defence referred to in rule 10; and

(b)an approved form that may be used for making a response under rule 9.

(3)The third party claim may, but need not, be lodged and served together with a statement of claim.

(4)Unless these rules or an Act provides otherwise, a third party claim must be served personally.

[(5)deleted]

[Rule 8 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2124; amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3192; 30 Sep 2016 p. 4178; SL 2020/67 r. 6.]

9.Response to claim

(1)A party against which a claim is made must complete the response served with the claim and lodge it with the Court within 14 days after the claim is served.

(1A)If a statement of claim has been lodged together with a claim under rule 7(3) or 8(3), a response may, but need not, be lodged together with a statement of defence.

(2)The Court must give a copy of the response to every other party.

[Rule 9 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2124; 30 Sep 2016 p. 4178.]

10.Statement of defence or statement of defence and counterclaim

(1)Unless the party has lodged and served its statement of defence with its response under rule 9, the party must lodge and serve its statement of defence or, if the party wants to make a counterclaim, its statement of defence and counterclaim, within 14 days, or such other time as is ordered by the registrar, after the party has been served with the relevant statement of claim.

(2)A statement of defence must be in the approved form.

(2A)A statement of defence and counterclaim must be in the approved form.

(3)Unless otherwise ordered by the registrar under rule 41B, the statement of defence (including the statement of defence in a statement of defence and counterclaim) must contain all of the following —

(a)the material facts relevant to the defence;

(b)any necessary particulars of the defence;

(c)the legal basis of the defence;

(d)the details of anyone who the party alleges is liable for the claim and the grounds upon which the party so alleges.

(4)A statement of defence is not to include evidence.

(5)A counterclaim in a statement of defence and counterclaim —

(a)must contain all of the items set out in rule 7A(3); and

(b)is not to include evidence.

[Rule 10 inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4178-9; amended: SL 2020/67 r. 7.]

11.Objecting to counterclaim (Act s. 9(4))

A party wanting to object under the Act section 9(4) to a counterclaim must —

(a)lodge the objection in the approved form; and

(b)serve it on the other parties.

[Rule 11 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 8.]

12.Reply and statement of defence to counterclaim

(1)Within 14 days after being served with a statement of defence, the claimant may lodge and serve on the defendant a reply to the statement of defence.

(2)Within 14 days after being served with a statement of defence and counterclaim, the claimant must —

(a)lodge a statement of defence to the counterclaim; and

(b)serve it on the defendant.

(3)A statement of defence to a counterclaim —

(a)must contain all of the items set out in rule 10(3); and

(b)may include a reply; and

(c)is not to include evidence.

[Rule 12 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 8.]

Part 3  Claims to recover possession of real property

13.Claim to recover possession of real property, making

(1)If a party wants to make a claim to recover possession of real property the party must lodge the approved form.

(2)If the party making the claim does not know the name of the person or persons in possession of the real property, the claim may be made against “the person or persons in possession of [description of the property]”.

14.Notice demanding possession, lodging

The claim must be lodged together with any written notice demanding possession of the property.

15.Serving claim

(1)The claim must be served as soon as practicable, and in any event within one year, after the day on which it is lodged.

(2)The claim must be served personally or in accordance with subrule (3).

(3)If the party making the claim does not know who is in possession of the real property, the party may serve the claim —

(a)by leaving the claim in a conspicuous position on the real property; or

(b)by serving the claim personally on a person allegedly in possession.

16.Registrar to list case for status conference

As soon as practicable after the claim is lodged, a registrar must list the case for a status conference.

[Rule 16 amended: SL 2020/67 r. 9.]

[Part 4 (r. 17‑19) deleted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2125.]

Part 5  Failure to defend a claim

20.Application of this Part

This Part applies if an application for default judgment is made against a party because the party has not —

(a)lodged a response in accordance with rule 9(1); or

(aa)lodged and served a statement of defence or a statement of defence and counterclaim in accordance with rule 10; or

(b)lodged and served a statement of defence or a statement of defence and counterclaim in accordance with rule 41B; or

(c)lodged and served a statement of defence to a counterclaim in accordance with rule 12.

[Rule 20 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2125; 21 Jul 2017 p. 4024; SL 2020/67 r. 10.]

21.Assessing claims when application for default judgment is made

(1)Except as provided in rule 24, a registrar may, in the absence of the parties, give default judgment against the party against whom the application for default judgment is made for a specified amount if —

(a)the claim, or the relevant part of the claim, is for a liquidated amount; or

(b)the claim, or the relevant part of the claim, is for an unliquidated amount of $10 000 or less; or

(c)the claim, or the relevant part of the claim, is for an unliquidated amount of more than $10 000 but not more than the jurisdictional limit, if the registrar is able to assess the amount from any supporting material lodged in relation to the claim.

(2)If a claim is for an unliquidated amount of more than $10 000 but not more than the jurisdictional limit and the registrar is unable to assess the unliquidated amount from the supporting material lodged in relation to the claim, the registrar may do any or all of the following —

(a)request that a party lodge additional supporting material in relation to the claim;

(b)give default judgment against the party against whom the application for default judgment is made for a specified amount, if the registrar is able to assess the amount from any additional supporting material lodged in relation to the claim;

(c)give default judgment against the party against whom the application for default judgment is made for an unliquidated amount and list the matter for a hearing by the Court of the claim to assess the amount that should be awarded.

(3)A registrar listing a matter for hearing under subrule (2)(c), may, but is not required to, notify the party against whom the application for default judgment is made of the hearing date.

(4)If a registrar notifies the party against whom the application for default judgment is made of the hearing under subrule (3) —

(a)the party who made the application for default judgment must lodge and serve a supporting affidavit at least 14 days before the hearing; and

(b)the Court may request that a party lodge additional supporting material in relation to the claim.

[Rule 21 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2125; 24 May 2013 p. 2060; SL 2020/67 r. 11.]

[22.Deleted: SL 2020/67 r. 12.]

23.Claim to recover possession of personal property, default judgment for

Except as provided in rule 24, a registrar may, in the absence of the parties, give default judgment for a claim to recover possession of personal property.

[Rule 23 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2125.]

24.Default judgment not to be given in certain cases

(1)A registrar must not give default judgment under this Part against a party for a failure to lodge and serve a statement of defence or a statement of defence and counterclaim if —

(a)the party has lodged an application under the Act section 17 to strike out the relevant statement of claim; and

(b)the application —

(i)has not been dealt with; or

(ii)has been granted; or

(iii)has been dismissed, and the party has lodged a statement of defence or a statement of defence and counterclaim within 14 days after the dismissal.

(2)A registrar must not, without the approval of a Magistrate, give default judgment under this Part if one year or more has passed since the originating claim was served.

[Rule 24 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2125‑6; amended: Gazette 24 May 2013 p. 2061; SL 2020/67 r. 13.]

25A.Default judgment one year or more after originating claim, referral to Magistrate

(1)If one year or more has passed since the originating claim was served, a registrar may, if an application for default judgment has been made, refer the matter to a Magistrate.

(2)A matter referred to a Magistrate must be accompanied by an affidavit from the applicant for default judgment setting out the reasons for the delay in the claim being finalised.

(3)On referral of a matter under this rule a Magistrate may give approval for the registrar to give default judgment under this Part.

[Rule 25A inserted: Gazette 24 May 2013 p. 2061.]

25.Application for default judgment to be dismissed if not granted

If the registrar decides not to grant an application for default judgment, the registrar must dismiss it.

[Rule 25 inserted: Gazette 21 Jul 2017 p. 4025.]

26.Costs when registrar gives default judgment

When the registrar gives default judgment under this Part the registrar may also make an order for costs.

Part 6  Admission and discontinuance

27.Admitting alleged facts, manner of

If a party wants to admit a particular fact alleged in a claim made against the party, the case statement or in an invitation to admit under rule 28, the party must lodge and serve a notice of admission in the approved form.

[Rule 27 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2126.]

28.Invitation to admit alleged fact

(1)If a party wants to invite another party to admit a particular alleged fact the party must lodge and serve an invitation to admit in the approved form at least 5 working days before the trial date.

(2)If —

(a)a party does not admit a fact when invited to do so; and

(b)the Court subsequently finds the fact to be proven; and

(c)the Court awards the costs of proving that fact against the party,

the costs of proving the fact are to be assessed on a party and party basis.

29A.Party admitting whole claim, judgment in case of

(1)If in a response a party admits liability for the whole of the claim and agrees to pay the amount claimed, a registrar may give judgment against the party in accordance with that admission.

(2)When the registrar gives judgment under this rule the registrar may also make an order for costs.

[Rule 29A inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2126.]

29B.Party admitting part of claim may offer to settle claim

(1)If in a response a party admits liability for part of a claim made against the party and indicates an intention to defend the balance of the claim, the party may offer an amount as full satisfaction for the claim in the response.

(2)A party may accept an offer under subrule (1) by lodging and serving a notice of acceptance in an approved form within 14 days after receiving the response.

(3)If a party makes an offer under subrule (1) and the offer is accepted under subrule (2), the registrar may give judgment against the party in accordance with the party’s admission and offer.

(4)When the registrar gives judgment under this rule the registrar may also make an order for costs.

[Rule 29B inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2126‑7.]

29C.Party admitting whole claim may dispute amount claimed

(1)If in a response a party admits liability for the whole of the claim for an unliquidated amount but does not agree to the relevant amount sought, the party may, in the response, apply to the Court to determine the amount that should be awarded for the claim.

(2)If a party applies to the Court to determine the amount that should be awarded for the claim under subrule (1), the registrar must list the case for a pre‑trial conference and notify the parties in writing.

(3)At the pre‑trial conference a registrar may —

(a)make any orders necessary to facilitate settlement or ensure the case is ready to be listed for a determination of the amount that should be awarded for the claim; or

(b)list the matter for a determination of the amount that should be awarded for the claim.

[Rule 29C inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2127; amended: Gazette 24 May 2013 p. 2061.]

29.Party may discontinue claim

(1)If a party wants to discontinue the whole or part of a claim made by the party, it must lodge a notice of discontinuance in the approved form.

(2)The party must serve a copy of the notice of discontinuance on the other parties.

(3)If a party lodges a notice of discontinuance, any other party to the claim may apply to the Court for an order for costs.

[Rule 29 amended: Gazette 21 Jul 2017 p. 4025; SL 2020/67 r. 14.]

Part 7 — Disclosure of documents

30A.Informal disclosure

At least 14 days before the date of a pre‑trial conference listed under rule 39(4), each party to the case must disclose documents relating to any matter in question in the case by providing an informal list of documents to the other parties.

[Rule 30A inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 15.]

30.Party must disclose documents when ordered

(1)In this rule —

relevant order means an order made by a registrar or the Court under the Act section 16(1)(n) that a party must provide additional information by disclosing documents relevant to the case.

(2)A party against whom a relevant order is made must lodge and serve an affidavit containing a list of the documents by the date ordered.

(3)If the party subsequently comes into possession, or becomes aware that it is in possession, of further documents required to be disclosed under a relevant order, the party must, as soon as practicable after that, lodge and serve an affidavit containing a list of those documents.

(4)A party may object under rule 32 to the disclosure of any document otherwise required to be disclosed under a relevant order.

[Rule 30 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 16.]

31.Affidavit of disclosure

(1)An affidavit lodged under rule 30 must state that, to the best of the deponent’s knowledge and belief, every document required to be disclosed under an order of a registrar or the Court, has either been disclosed or is the subject of an objection under rule 32.

(2)If a party objects to the disclosure of a document, the party must raise the objection, and state the grounds for the objection, in the affidavit.

(3)The affidavit must be made by the deponent personally.

[(4)deleted]

[Rule 31 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2127; SL 2020/67 r. 17.]

32.Objecting to disclosure of documents

A party may object to the disclosure of a document if it —

(a)is privileged from production; or

(b)is inadmissible in evidence,

under these rules or any other law.

33.Inspecting disclosed documents

(1)If a party wants to inspect documents disclosed by another party it must serve the other party with a written request to inspect.

(2)A party receiving a request for inspection must make the documents available for inspection within 14 days after the service of the request.

(3)If asked to do so by the party which requested inspection, a party making documents available for inspection must also —

(a)provide copies of the documents, at a reasonable cost, to the party which requested inspection; or

(b)permit the documents to be copied at another place by the party which requested inspection.

34.Disclosed documents to be available at trial

If a party discloses a document, the party must have the document available at the trial.

Part 8  Answers to interrogatories and requests for further particulars

[Heading amended: SL 2020/67 r. 18.]

35.Order to answer interrogatories, application for (Act s. 16(1)(n))

(1)An application for an order under the Act section 16(1)(n) that a party must provide additional information by answering interrogatories must contain or be accompanied by a list of interrogatories that comply with subrule (2).

(2)An interrogatory must not seek information that —

(a)is irrelevant to the case; or

(b)is inadmissible in evidence under these rules or any other law; or

(c)cannot practicably be disclosed; or

(d)is sought so as to harass or annoy, or to cause delay; or

(e)is frivolous, vexatious, scandalous or improper; or

(f)is otherwise not genuinely required for the purposes of the case.

[Rule 35 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2128.]

36.Party must answer interrogatories when ordered

When a registrar or the Court orders a party to answer interrogatories, the party must lodge and serve an affidavit containing the answers within the period ordered by the registrar or the Court.

[Rule 36 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2128.]

37.Affidavit of answers

(1)An affidavit lodged under rule 36 must state that the answers are provided to the best of the deponent’s knowledge and belief.

(2)If a party objects to answering an interrogatory, the party must raise the objection, and state the grounds for the objection, in the affidavit.

(3)The affidavit must be made by the party personally.

38.Requesting further particulars of a pleading

(1)In this rule —

pleading means any of the following documents lodged and served under Part 2 —

(a)a statement of claim;

(b)a defence;

(c)a third party claim;

(d)a statement of defence;

(e)a statement of defence and counterclaim;

(f)a statement of defence to a counterclaim;

(g)a reply.

(2)A party (the requesting party) may request from another party further particulars of a pleading.

(3)The requesting party may apply to the Court for an order directing the other party to provide further particulars if —

(a)the other party has failed to respond to the request within 14 days of receiving it; or

(b)the further particulars given are, in the opinion of the requesting party, inadequate.

[Rule 38 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 19.]

Part 9  Pre‑trial conferences

39.Listing of pre‑trial conferences

(1)A party to a claim may apply to the Court for a registrar to list the case for a pre‑trial conference —

(a)after the claimant has lodged and served an originating claim; but

(b)before the claimant is served with a statement of defence or a statement of defence and counterclaim.

(2)An application under subrule (1) must be —

(a)in the approved form; and

(b)accompanied by a memorandum of consent signed by the parties to the claim.

(3)If a party does not make an application under subrule (1), the claimant must apply to the Court for a registrar to list the case for a pre‑trial conference —

(a)if the defendant has lodged a statement of defence — within 14 days after the claimant is served with the statement of defence;

(b)if the defendant has lodged a statement of defence and counterclaim — within 14 days after the claimant has lodged a statement of defence to the counterclaim.

(4)If a party makes an application under subrule (1) that complies with subrule (2), or a claimant makes an application under subrule (3), the registrar must list the case for a pre‑trial conference and notify the parties in writing.

(5)If the case is listed for a pre‑trial conference pursuant to an application under subrule (1) —

(a)the parties are not required to lodge and serve any document relating to the claim referred to in Part 2 within the period specified in Part 2; and

(b)at the pre‑trial conference, the registrar must order the period within which the parties are required to lodge and serve documents relating to the claim referred to in Part 2.

[Rule 39 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 20.]

40.Pre‑trial conference, purpose of and registrar’s powers at

(1)The purpose of a pre‑trial conference is to give the parties an opportunity to settle the case.

(2)The registrar at a pre‑trial conference may do any or all of the following —

(a)determine what facts, if any, are agreed by the parties;

(b)order the parties to lodge and serve statements of claim and defence;

(ba)order what statements of claim or defence must contain;

(c)exercise the jurisdiction of the Court under the Act section 16(1)(a) to extend the time for making counterclaims or third party claims (even if the time for making those claims has passed);

(d)exercise the jurisdiction of the Court under the Act section 16(1)(m) to allow a party to amend its case statement;

(e)exercise the jurisdiction of the Court under the Act section 16(1)(n) to order the parties —

(i)to provide additional information by disclosing documents relevant to the case in accordance with Part 7; and

(ii)to answer interrogatories in accordance with Part 8;

(f)make any other orders necessary to facilitate settlement or ensure the case is ready for trial.

[Rule 40 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2129; 30 Sep 2016 p. 4179.]

41A.Statement of claim, effect of order to lodge

If the registrar at the pre‑trial conference orders a party to lodge and serve a statement of claim, the party must do so in accordance with rule 7A(2), (3) and (3A).

[Rule 41A inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4179; amended: SL 2020/67 r. 21.]

41B.Effect of order to lodge statement of defence or statement of defence and counterclaim

If the registrar at the pre‑trial conference orders a party to lodge and serve a statement of defence or a statement of defence and counterclaim, the party must do so in accordance with rule 10(2) to (5).

[Rule 41B inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4179; amended: SL 2020/67 r. 22; SL 2021/25 r. 5.]

[41C.Deleted: SL 2020/67 r. 23.]

41D.Amending documents lodged and served under Part 2

(1)In this rule —

pleading means any of the following documents lodged and served under Part 2 —

(a)a statement of claim;

(b)a defence;

(c)a third party claim;

(d)a statement of defence;

(e)a statement of defence and counterclaim;

(f)a statement of defence to a counterclaim;

(g)a reply.

(1A)A party may amend a pleading —

(a)before a date is set for the trial of the case, without the leave of a registrar or the Court; or

(b)after a date is set for the trial of the case, with the leave of a registrar or the Court.

(1B)A party seeking leave under subrule (1A)(b) must lodge and serve an affidavit in accordance with subrule (2) or (3) together with the proposed amended pleading.

(2)If the party is not represented by a lawyer, the affidavit must be made by the party personally and must state that —

(a)any new or amended allegations of fact are true to the best of the party’s belief; and

(b)the proposed amended pleading is not frivolous, vexatious, scandalous or improper.

(3)If the party is represented by a lawyer, the affidavit must be made by the party’s lawyer and must state that —

(a)the party has instructed the lawyer that all of the allegations of fact are true and correct; and

(b)all the arguments raised are, in the opinion of the lawyer, reasonable; and

(c)in the opinion of the lawyer the proposed amended pleading is not frivolous, vexatious, scandalous or improper.

[Rule 41D inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2131‑2; amended: SL 2020/67 r. 24.]

41.Attendance at pre‑trial conferences

(1)Unless a registrar or the Court orders otherwise, a party must attend a pre‑trial conference.

[(2)‑(3)deleted]

(4)If a party fails to attend a pre‑trial conference, the registrar at the pre‑trial conference may give default judgment against the party, and in that case Part 5, except rule 24, with any necessary modifications, applies in relation to the default judgment.

[Rule 41 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2132.]

42.Further pre‑trial conference or status conference may be listed

(1)After a pre‑trial conference the registrar must either —

(a)list the case for a further pre‑trial conference; or

(b)list the case for a status conference.

(2)The registrar must notify the parties in writing of the listing.

[Rule 42 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 25.]

[43A.Deleted: SL 2020/67 r. 25.]

43.Things said or done at pre‑trial conference, status of

(1)A pre‑trial conference must be conducted before a registrar, in private.

(2)Anything said or done by a party for the purpose of attempting to settle a case at a pre‑trial conference is to be taken to be said or done without prejudice to any evidence or submission that the party —

(a)has adduced or made; or

(b)may subsequently adduce or make,

in or in respect of the proceedings, and the saying or doing of that thing does not disqualify the registrar who conducted the pre‑trial conference from later dealing with the case.

Part 10  Status conferences

[Heading inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 26.]

[44.Deleted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2133.]

45.Purpose of status conference

The purpose of a status conference is to allow for the management of a case.

[Rule 45 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 27.]

46.Attendance at status conference

(1)A party must attend a status conference and, subject to subrule (2), may do so in person or may be represented by the party’s solicitor or counsel.

(2)The Court may order that any or all of the following persons must attend a status conference —

(a)a party in person;

(b)a party’s solicitor;

(c)a party’s counsel.

(3)If a party or a person ordered to attend a status conference under subrule (2) fails to attend, the magistrate at the status conference may give default judgment against the party.

[Rule 46 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 27.]

47.Powers of magistrate at status conference

(1)The magistrate at a status conference may do any or all of the following —

(a)order that the parties attend before a mediator;

(b)order that the parties attend a pre‑trial conference;

(c)order that the parties attend a further status conference;

(d)exercise the jurisdiction of the Court under the Act section 16(1)(m) to allow a party to amend its case statement;

(e)exercise the jurisdiction of the Court under the Act section 16(1)(n) to order a party —

(i)to provide additional information by disclosing documents relevant to the case in accordance with Part 7; or

(ii)to answer interrogatories in accordance with Part 8;

(f)exercise the jurisdiction of the Court under the Act section 16(1)(o)(i) to order the parties to exchange the written statements of the evidence that is anticipated will be given by witnesses in accordance with Part 13 Division 2;

(g)order a party to provide further particulars;

(h)list the case for trial;

(i)make any other orders necessary to facilitate settlement or to ensure the case is ready for trial.

(2)If under subrule (1) the magistrate orders the parties to an application to which Part 21 Division 1 applies to attend before a mediator, then, despite rule 128, Part 11 applies.

(3)If under subrule (1) the magistrate orders the parties to an application to which Part 21 Division 1 applies to attend a
pre-trial conference, then, despite rule 128, Part 9, other than rule 40(2)(c), applies.

[Rule 47 amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3192; SL 2020/67 r. 28.]

[48.Deleted: SL 2020/67 r. 29.]

Part 11  Mediation

49.Mediation conference, parties to arrange if Court orders mediation

(1)If the Court orders the parties to attend before a mediator, each party must ensure that a mediation conference before the mediator is arranged.

(2)A mediation conference must be conducted in private.

50.Attendance at mediation conferences

Unless the mediator otherwise approves, a party must attend a mediation conference in person.

51.Outcome of mediation, claimant to lodge notice of

(1)The claimant must, within 14 days after the mediation conference, lodge a notice of the outcome of the mediation.

(2)The notice must be in the approved form.

52.Further status conference if case not settled at mediation

If the case is not settled at the mediation conference a registrar must list the case for a further status conference and notify the parties in writing.

[Rule 52 amended: SL 2020/67 r. 30.]

Part 12 — Consent orders and settlement

Division 1 — Consent

53.Consenting to judgment or order, manner of

The parties may consent to the Court giving a judgment, or making an order (whether applied for or not), in a case by signing a memorandum to that effect in the approved form and lodging it.

[Rule 53 inserted: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3192-3.]

54.Memorandum of consent, registrar’s powers on

(1)When a memorandum of consent is lodged, a registrar may, except as provided in subrule (2), make the orders or give the judgment consented to.

(2)The registrar must not make an order —

(a)adjourning the trial of a case; or

(b)extending the time for complying with any rule of court or practice direction, or any order made by the Court.

55.Consent by one party, manner of giving

Where the Act or these rules require the consent of one party before something can be done, that consent may be given by the party lodging a notice of consent to that effect in the approved form and signed by the party.

56.Person under legal disability, settling claims involving

(1)An application for the approval of the settlement of a case in which there is a claim by or against a person under a legal disability —

(a)is not required to be served on any other party; and

(b)may be dealt with in the absence of the parties.

(2)Unless the Court orders otherwise, in addition to the supporting affidavit required under rule 110, the application must be supported by an affidavit of an independent lawyer verifying that the settlement is in the best interests of the person under a legal disability.

(3)The settlement of a case in which there is a claim by or against a person under a legal disability has effect on and from the day the Court gives its approval to it.

[Rule 56 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2133.]

Division 2 — Offers of settlement

57.Offer of settlement, making

(1)If a party wants to make an offer of settlement to another party it must serve the offer on the other party.

(2)The offer of settlement must be in the approved form.

(3)The offer of settlement must specify —

(a)whether it includes costs and interest up to the date of the offer; and

(b)if it includes the costs and interest, the amount offered in relation to those costs and that interest.

(4)If an offer of settlement does not comply with subrule (3) the offer is to be taken to exclude costs and interest up to the date of the offer.

58.Offers to be confidential and made without prejudice

(1)An offer of settlement must not be lodged, nor otherwise disclosed to the Court, except in accordance with this Division.

(2)Unless it specifies otherwise, an offer of settlement is to be taken to have been made without prejudice.

59.Receipt of offer to be acknowledged

(1)A party receiving an offer of settlement must, within 3 working days after the offer is served, serve an acknowledgment of the receipt of the offer on the party making the offer.

(2)The acknowledgment must be in the approved form.

60.Period within which offer may be accepted

(1)An offer of settlement may specify a period that is not less than 28 days as the period within which the offer may be accepted.

(2)If an offer of settlement specifies a period within which it may be accepted, a party may accept the offer —

(a)before the expiration of the period; or

(b)if the offer is made within 28 days before the trial date, before judgment.

(3)If an offer of settlement does not specify a period within which it may be accepted, a party may accept the offer —

(a)before the expiration of a period of 28 days after the day on which the offer is made; or

(b)if the offer is made within 28 days before the trial date, before judgment.

61.Accepting offer

(1)A party receiving an offer of settlement may accept the offer, or any part of the offer, by lodging and serving a notice of acceptance on the party making the offer.

(2)The notice of acceptance must be in the approved form.

62.Period within which offered sums must be paid

If an offer of settlement provides for the payment of a sum of money to a party, the party making the offer must pay that sum to the party before the expiration of —

(a)any period for payment specified in the offer; or

(b)if no such period is specified, a period of 28 days after the day on which the offer is accepted.

63.Withdrawing acceptance of offer

(1)If a party accepts an offer, or part of an offer, of settlement, the party may withdraw an acceptance of an offer of settlement —

(a)if, on an application by the party, the Court has given the party leave to withdraw the acceptance; or

(b)otherwise, if —

(i)the offer provides for the payment of a sum of money to a party; and

(ii)that sum was not paid in accordance with rule 62; and

(iii)the notice of withdrawal of acceptance is served on the party making the offer within 7 working days after the expiration of the period referred to in rule 62.

(2)If a party wants to withdraw an acceptance of an offer, or part of an offer, of settlement, the party must serve a notice of withdrawal of acceptance on the party making the offer.

64.Requesting and giving judgment after offer accepted

(1)If a party accepts an offer of settlement, either party to the offer may lodge a request for judgment in terms of the offer.

(2)The request for judgment must be in the approved form and must have annexed to it copies of the offer of settlement and the acceptance.

(3)When the request for judgment is lodged, a registrar may, except as provided in subrule (4), give the judgment in the absence of the parties.

(4)The registrar must not give judgment in relation to a party if —

(a)the party has withdrawn acceptance of the offer; or

(b)the party has made an application for leave to withdraw acceptance of an offer and that application has not been dealt with by the Court.

65.Post‑offer costs, orders for

(1)In this rule —

claimant means a party which makes a claim;

defendant means a party against which a claim is made;

post‑offer costs means costs from and after the day when an offer is made.

(2)If —

(a)a claimant makes an offer of settlement that specifies an amount to be paid by the defendant; and

(b)the defendant does not accept the offer; and

(c)judgment is given for the claimant for an amount that is not less than the amount specified in the offer; and

(d)under the Act section 25(1) the Court makes an order under which the claimant is entitled to, among any other costs, its post‑offer costs,

the post‑offer costs are to be assessed on a party and party basis.

(3)If —

(a)a defendant makes an offer of settlement that specifies an amount to be paid by the defendant; and

(b)the claimant does not accept the offer; and

(c)judgment is given for the claimant for an amount that is not more than the amount specified in the offer; and

(d)under the Act section 25(2) the Court, after considering that there is good reason not to make an order for the claimant for post‑offer costs, makes an order for the defendant for post‑offer costs,

the post‑offer costs are to be assessed on a party and party basis.

Part 13 — Trial

Division 1 — General

66.Terms used

In this Part —

first party means the party which first presents its case at a trial;

subsequent party means any party except the first party.

67.Who is first party to present case

(1)When the burden of proof on any question is on the claimant, the claimant is to be the first party.

(2)When the burden of proof on every question is on the defendant, the defendant is to be the first party.

68.Opening addresses and adducing evidence, order of

(1)The first party may make an opening address and adduce the party’s evidence.

(2)A subsequent party may then make an opening address and adduce the party’s evidence.

69.Closing addresses, order of

(1)If a subsequent party —

(a)tenders exhibits into evidence while the first party is adducing evidence; or

(b)adduces evidence,

each subsequent party may, after all the evidence has been adduced, make a closing address after which the first party may make a closing address.

(2)If a subsequent party —

(a)does not tender any exhibits into evidence while the first party is adducing evidence; and

(b)does not adduce evidence,

the first party may make a closing address after which each subsequent party may make a closing address.

70.Attendance at trial

Unless the Court orders otherwise, a party must attend the trial in person.

Division 2 — Witnesses

71.Witness summons

(1)If a party wants to require a person to give evidence at a trial or to produce evidentiary material the party must lodge a request for the Court to issue a witness summons.

(2)The request must be in the approved form and must be accompanied by —

(a)a draft witness summons, in the approved form, that requires the witness to attend the Court to give oral evidence in the case; or

(b)a draft witness summons, in the approved form, that requires the witness to produce to the Court, either at the same time as giving the oral evidence or at an earlier time specified in the summons, evidentiary material that is relevant to the case.

(2A)The request may be made before the case is listed for trial.

(3)If the Court issues the requested witness summons, the party must serve the witness summons on the witness at least 14 days before the trial date or an earlier date as directed by the Court.

(4)The witness summons must be served personally.

(5)At the time a witness is served with a witness summons, or at a reasonable time before the attendance date —

(a)an amount that is likely to be sufficient to meet the reasonable expenses of attending the Court must be tendered to the witness; or

(b)arrangements to enable the witness to attend the Court must be made with the witness; or

(c)the means to enable the witness to attend the Court must be provided to the witness.

(6)The party which serves a witness summons must ensure that subrule (5) is complied with.

(7)The person who serves a witness with a witness summons must record how subrule (5) was complied with on a copy of the witness summons.

(8)If a copy of a witness summons contains information recorded in accordance with subrule (7) it is to be presumed that the information is true, unless the contrary is proved.

[Rule 71 amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3193; 21 Jul 2017 p. 4025; SL 2020/67 r. 31.]

71A.Compliance with witness summons

(1)A witness must comply with a witness summons requested under rule 71(2)(b) by delivering or sending the evidentiary material and a copy of the witness summons to the Court at the date, time and place specified for production.

(2)In the case of a witness summons requested under rule 71(2)(a) and (b), compliance with subrule (1) does not discharge the witness from the requirement to attend Court to give evidence.

(3)Unless a witness summons specifically requires the production of an original document, the witness may produce a copy of it.

(4)The copy of a document may be —

(a)a photocopy; or

(b)in PDF format on a CD‑ROM.

[Rule 71A inserted: Gazette 21 Jul 2017 p. 4026.]

72.Expert evidence, orders required for

(1)A party must not adduce expert evidence at a trial except in accordance with orders given by the Court.

(2)If the Court orders a party to lodge and serve a statement of an expert witness, the statement must set out, or be accompanied by a document setting out —

(a)the full name of the expert; and

(b)details of the expert’s qualifications to give the evidence; and

(c)to the extent practicable, details of any material on which the expert has relied in reaching his or her opinion.

[Rule 72 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2133‑4.]

73.Children and special witnesses, application for orders as to evidence of

Any application for an order under the Evidence Act 1906 section 106S must be made at least 14 days before the trial date.

[Rule 73 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2134.]

74.Affidavit evidence, when may be adduced

(1)A party may, if the other parties do not object, adduce the evidence of a witness at a trial by tendering an affidavit of the witness.

(2)A party wishing to adduce affidavit evidence under subrule (1) must lodge and serve the affidavit at least 14 days before the trial date.

(3)If a party wants to object to the affidavit evidence the party must lodge and serve a notice of objection in the approved form as soon as practicable after the affidavit is served on the party.

Division 3 — Exhibits

75.Records requiring device to read, admission of

If a record cannot be read without using another device, then the Court must not receive the record into evidence unless each party has had the opportunity to inspect the record using that device.

76.Return of exhibits after trial

(1)If an exhibit tendered at a trial is retained by the Court without being received into evidence, a person who was lawfully entitled to the possession of the exhibit before it was tendered is not entitled to the return of that exhibit until the end of the trial.

(2)If an exhibit is received into evidence at a trial, a person who was lawfully entitled to the possession of the exhibit before it was received is not entitled to the return of that exhibit —

(a)if no appeal against the judgment is lodged, until 21 days after the day on which the judgment is given; or

(b)if an appeal against the judgment is lodged, until the appeal has been dealt with.

(3)The Court must give written notice to a person of the person’s entitlement to the return of an exhibit under subrule (1) or (2).

(4)The notice must be given as soon as practicable after the exhibit is tendered at a trial.

(5)If the person does not take possession of the exhibit within 60 days after the entitlement to the return of an exhibit under subrule (1) or (2) arises, the registrar may dispose of the exhibit as the registrar thinks fit.

[Rule 76 amended: Gazette 18 Sep 2018 p. 3515.]

Part 14  Orders and judgments

77.Person under legal disability, payments to

(1)If, under a judgment, money is to be paid to a person under a legal disability, the money is to be paid to the Public Trustee to hold on trust for the person.

(2)The Public Trustee must invest the money for the person and may, if the Court so orders, invest it other than in accordance with the Public Trustee Act 1941 section 39C.

[Rule 77 amended: Gazette 24 May 2013 p. 2062.]

78.Certificate of judgment, requesting

If a party wants a certificate of a judgment, the party must lodge a request for the judgment in an approved form.

79.Applying to set aside summary or default judgment (Act s. 17(3), 18(6) and 19(3))

An application for an order under the Act section 17(3), 18(6), or 19(3) to set aside a judgment must be made within 21 days after the date of the judgment or such other time as is ordered by the Court.

[Rule 79 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2134; SL 2020/67 r. 32.]

80.Registrars’ decisions taken to be decision of Court

(1)If a registrar exercises any jurisdiction of the Court, the decision of the registrar is to be taken to be a decision of the Court unless it is set aside on an appeal.

(2)Nothing in this rule limits the application of the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 section 19(3) to the judgment of a registrar made under section 19(2) of that Act.

[Rule 80 amended: Gazette 24 May 2013 p. 2062.]

Part 15 — Costs

Division 1 — Assessments

81.Bill of costs: lodging and serving

(1)When the Court makes an order for costs to be assessed the successful party may lodge a bill of those costs.

(2)Unless the bill of costs relates to a judgment given under Part 5, the successful party must serve the bill on each unsuccessful party as soon as practicable after it has been lodged.

82.Bill of costs: objecting to

(1)An unsuccessful party may, within 21 days after being served with a bill of costs, object to any item in the bill by lodging and serving on the successful party a notice of objection.

(2)The notice of objection must be in the approved form and must specify reasons for each objection.

(3)If the party does not object to a particular item in a bill the party is to be taken to have admitted the item.

(4)However nothing in subrule (3) requires the registrar to allow costs claimed in relation to the item if the registrar considers it is inappropriate to do so.

[Rule 82 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2134.]

83.Assessment when objection made

If an objection is made in relation to a bill of costs, a registrar must list the case for an assessment and notify the parties in writing.

84.Assessment when no objection made

If —

(a)a bill of costs is lodged in relation to a judgment given under Part 5; or

(b)in any other case, 21 days have passed from the service of a bill of costs and no objection to it has been made,

the registrar may assess the costs in the absence of the parties and give a certificate of the assessment to the successful party, otherwise the registrar must list the case for an assessment and notify the parties in writing.

85.Bill of costs: form of, and supporting documents

A bill of costs must be in the approved form and must be supported by —

(a)receipts for each expense except court and enforcement officer fees; and

(b)any other documents required by the registrar at the assessment.

[Rule 85 amended: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4328.]

86.Assessments, conduct of

(1)An assessment must be conducted before the registrar, in private.

(2)The registrar must assess the costs and give a certificate of the assessment to the parties appearing before the registrar.

(3)The registrar may assess the costs in the absence of any party.

(4)The registrar must allow the costs of the assessment in favour of the successful party unless subrule (5) applies.

(5)If any disallowed costs represent 25% or more of the costs claimed in respect of the bill, the unsuccessful party’s costs of attending the assessment are to be subtracted from the successful party’s costs.

Division 2 — Determining value of claim

87.Value of claim to be determined under this Division

For the purposes of assessing a party’s costs under the applicable costs determination, the value of a claim is the amount determined under this Division (the determined value).

88.Originating claim successful and no successful counterclaim, value of originating claim

(1)Except as provided in subrule (2), if an originating claim is successful and —

(a)there is no counterclaim; or

(b)if there is a counterclaim, each counterclaim is unsuccessful,

then the determined value of the originating claim is the amount of the judgment.

(2)If an unsuccessful counterclaim was for an amount greater than the judgment sum, then the determined value of the originating claim made is the amount of the greatest counterclaim.

89.Originating claim and counterclaim successful, value of each

If an originating claim is successful and there is a successful counterclaim, then —

(a)the determined value of the originating claim is the amount of the judgment given in relation to the originating claim; and

(b)the determined value of the counterclaim is the amount of the judgment given in relation to the counterclaim.

90.Originating claim unsuccessful and counterclaim successful, value of counterclaim

If an originating claim is unsuccessful and there is a successful counterclaim, then the determined value of the counterclaim is —

(a)the amount of the originating claim; or

(b)the amount of the judgment given in relation to the counterclaim,

whichever is the greater.

91.Originating claim and counterclaim unsuccessful, value of each

If the originating claim is unsuccessful and there is an unsuccessful counterclaim, then —

(a)the determined value of the originating claim is the amount of the originating claim;

(b)the determined value of the counterclaim is the amount of the counterclaim.

92.Claims by or against third parties, value of

Rules 88 to 91, with the necessary modifications, apply to claims against or by third parties.

93.Claims to recover possession of real property, value of

[(1)deleted]

(2)The determined value of a claim to recover possession of real property is the sum of —

(a)the determined value of any claim for damages or rent determined in accordance with rules 88 to 91; and

(b)the gross annual rental value of the property determined in accordance with the Act section 6(3).

[Rule 93 amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3193.]

94.Claims to recover possession of personal property, value of

The determined value of a claim to recover possession of personal property is the sum of —

(a)the determined value of any claim for damages determined in accordance with rules 88 to 91; and

(b)the value of the personal property.

Division 3 — Security for costs

[Heading inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4180.]

94A.Term used: claimant

In this Division —

claimant includes a defendant counterclaiming in respect of a claim not arising out of the claim made against the defendant.

[Rule 94A inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4180.]

94B.Factors that are not grounds for ordering security for costs

The Court may order security for costs to be given by a claimant, but an order must not be made merely on account of the poverty of the claimant or the likely inability of the claimant to pay any costs which may be awarded against the claimant.

[Rule 94B inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4180.]

94C.Grounds for ordering security for costs

Without limiting rule 94B, the Court may order security for costs to be given by the claimant in the following circumstances —

(a)the claimant is ordinarily resident out of the jurisdiction, notwithstanding that the claimant may be temporarily within the jurisdiction;

(b)the claimant is about to depart from the jurisdiction;

(c)the claimant enjoys within the jurisdiction some privilege which renders the claimant immune, wholly or partially, from the normal processes of execution;

(d)the claimant is an undischarged bankrupt or a person who has suspended, or given notice of suspension of, debts;

(e)the claimant is a company in liquidation or under official management, or a company in respect of which a receiver of its property has been appointed;

(f)the claimant is a relator suing for the enforcement or declaration of some public right or to have some public trust carried out or some charitable scheme settled;

(g)the claimant is in default in respect of any costs ordered to be paid by the claimant in any proceedings previously brought by the claimant against the same defendant or another defendant for substantially the same cause of action or in relation to substantially the same subject matter;

(h)the claimant is a person who has in the past vexatiously brought litigation against the same defendant or against any other defendant;

(i)the claimant is suing the Sheriff in respect of anything done or omitted to be done by the Sheriff or the Sheriff’s officers in the execution of any judgment of the Court.

[Rule 94C inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4180‑1.]

94D.Court has discretion

(1)The granting of security may be in the discretion of the Court.

(2)In determining whether an order should be made, the Court may take the following into consideration —

(a)the prima facie merits of the claim;

(b)what property within the jurisdiction may be available to satisfy any order for costs against the claimant;

(c)whether the normal processes of the Court would be available within the jurisdiction for enforcement of any order for costs made against the claimant.

[Rule 94D inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4181.]

94E.Manner of giving security

In fixing security the Court may direct the form and manner in which the security is to be given and may from time to time vary the amount and form of the security.

[Rule 94E inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4181.]

94F.Action may be stayed

Where security is ordered the action or other proceedings may be stayed until the security is furnished, unless the Court otherwise orders.

[Rule 94F inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4181.]

94G.Payment out

(1)Where money has been paid into Court as security for costs and the action has been finally disposed of, the amount of the security is to be paid out to the party for whose security it was furnished to the extent that costs are due from the securer to such party.

(2)Unless the Court orders otherwise, the Principal Registrar is to pay out the security accordingly, and the balance (if any) may be refunded to the securer without the necessity for any special order.

[Rule 94G inserted: Gazette 30 Sep 2016 p. 4181.]

Part 16A  Inactive cases

[Heading inserted: Gazette 5 Apr 2019 p. 1012.]

95A.Term used: inactive case

In this Part —

inactive case means a case that is taken to be inactive under rule 95B.

[Rule 95A inserted: Gazette 5 Apr 2019 p. 1013.]

95B.Case taken to be inactive

(1)If no procedural step is taken in a case for 12 months by a party to a case, the case is taken to be inactive unless the Court orders otherwise.

(2)A magistrate or registrar making an order or direction in exercise of a case management power may direct that, unless the order or direction in exercise of the case management power is complied with by a specified date, the case is to be taken to be inactive.

(3)Unless countermanded by a magistrate or registrar before it has effect, a direction made under subrule (2) has effect according to its terms.

[(4)deleted]

[Rule 95B inserted: Gazette 31 Dec 2013 p. 6543; amended: Gazette 5 Apr 2019 p. 1013.]

95C.Notification of inactive case

(1)When a case becomes an inactive case, the Court is to give all parties to the case written notice of —

(a)the fact that the case has become an inactive case and why; and

(b)the effect of rule 95D.

(2)If a lawyer representing a party receives a notice under subrule (1), the lawyer is to notify the party as soon as practicable of —

(a)the fact that the case has become an inactive case and why; and

(b)the effect of rule 95D.

[Rule 95C inserted: Gazette 5 Apr 2019 p. 1013.]

95D.Consequences of case becoming an inactive case

The only documents that may be lodged in the Court in relation to an inactive case are —

(a)an application for an order under rule 95E; or

(b)a notice of discontinuance under rule 29; or

(c)a memorandum of consent under rule 53 to an order or judgment that would finally dispose of the case.

[Rule 95D inserted: Gazette 31 Dec 2013 p. 6544; amended: Gazette 5 Apr 2019 p. 1013.]

95E.Cases no longer taken to be inactive

(1)A party to an inactive case may apply to the Court for an order that the case is no longer taken to be inactive.

(2)The Court may order that an inactive case is no longer taken to be inactive —

(a)if it is satisfied that the case will be conducted in a timely way; or

(b)for any other good reason.

(3)When the Court orders that an inactive case is no longer taken to be inactive, it may make further orders for the conduct of the case in a timely way.

[Rule 95E inserted: Gazette 5 Apr 2019 p. 1013‑14.]

95F.Certain inactive cases taken to be dismissed

(1)A case that is an inactive case for 6 continuous months is taken to be dismissed.

(2)If no procedural step is taken in the 6 months after the Court orders that an inactive case is no longer taken to be inactive, the case is taken to be dismissed.

(3)If a case is taken to have been dismissed under subrule (1) or (2) —

(a)a party to the case may apply for an order for costs; and

(b)the Court may make an order for costs.

(4)The Court may, in exceptional circumstances and on such terms as it thinks just, set aside the dismissal of a case under this rule.

(5)For the purposes of subrule (4), it does not matter that the case was taken to be dismissed before the commencement of that subrule.

[Rule 95F inserted: Gazette 5 Apr 2019 p. 1014.]

Part 16  Lodging documents

[Heading inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

95.Terms used

In this Part —

ECMS exempt, in relation to a document, has the meaning given in rule 96;

lodge a document means to present the document for lodgment in accordance with this Part.

[Rule 95 inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

96.ECMS exempt

(1)A person is ECMS exempt in relation to a document if —

[(a)deleted]

(b)the document is lodged for the purposes of an application under the Restraining Orders Act 1997; or

(c)the document is lodged for the purposes of an application under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 section 35; or

(d)the document is in a class of documents declared in practice directions to be exempt from the requirement to be lodged by using the ECMS; or

(e)the person is in a class of persons declared in practice directions to be exempt from the requirement to lodge by using the ECMS; or

(f)the document is lodged for the purposes of an application for exemption under subrule (2) or (3); or

(g)the person is exempt in relation to the document under subrule (2) or (3).

(2)The Court may, for any good reason and without a formal application or request, exempt a person from a requirement to use the ECMS in relation to —

(a)a document relating to a proceeding; or

(b)all documents relating to a proceeding; or

(c)all documents relating to all proceedings.

(3)A registrar may, on the application of a person, exempt the person from a requirement to use the ECMS in relation to —

(a)a document relating to a proceeding; or

(b)all documents relating to a proceeding.

(4)The application must be in the approved form.

(5)If the Court or a registrar exempts a person under subrule (2) or (3), the Court or the registrar may give directions as to the manner in which a document is to be presented for lodgment, including as to whether the document is to be presented to the Court —

(a)by delivering it by hand; or

(b)by email in accordance with rule 98D; or

(c)by post in accordance with rule 98F; or

(d)by fax in accordance with rule 98G.

[Rule 96 inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6; amended: SL 2021/133 r. 4.]

97.General rules about lodging documents

(1)A person who is required by these rules or the Court to lodge a document, or who wants to do so, must present the document to the Court for lodgment in accordance with this Part.

(2)The person must present the document for lodgment together with —

(a)any fee required to be paid under the Magistrates Court (Fees) Regulations 2005; or

(b)any information the Court needs to enable the Court to be paid the fee.

(3)A party required by these rules or the Court to lodge a document cannot, without the Court’s leave, refer to or rely on the document in any hearing, or in any other document to be lodged, unless it has been lodged.

(4)For the purposes of subrule (3), a document is lodged if it has —

(a)been lodged with the Court in accordance with this Part; and

(b)not been rejected by the Court or a registrar under rule 98B(1); and

(c)been recorded by the Court as having been lodged.

(5)A party given leave under subrule (3) must lodge the document as soon as practicable after leave is given or otherwise in accordance with a relevant order of the Court.

[Rule 97 inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98.Registry at which originating claims and applications must be lodged

(1)Except as provided in this rule, an originating claim or an application referred to in rule 124 may be lodged at any registry of the Court where there is at least 1 registrar who is not a deputy registrar appointed under the Magistrates Court Act 2004 section 26(5).

(2)An originating claim to recover possession of real property must be lodged at the registry of the Court referred to in subrule (1) that is nearest to the property.

(3)An application under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52N(1) must be lodged at the registry of the Court referred to in subrule (1) that is nearest to the last known address of the offender (as defined in rule 123).

(4)An application under the Criminal Investigation Act 2006 section 49 or 147 must be lodged at the registry of the Court referred to in subrule (1) that is nearest to the relevant protected forensic area or the place where the relevant seized thing is secured, as the case requires.

[Rule 98 inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98A.Lodging multiple copies

(1)A person must not present more than 1 copy of a document to the Court for lodgment unless these rules or the Court requires more than 1 copy to be lodged.

(2)A person is taken to have complied with a requirement in these rules or in the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 or by the Court to lodge 2 or more copies of a document if the document is lodged by using the ECMS or by email.

[Rule 98A inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6; amended: SL 2021/133 r. 5.]

98B.Powers of the Court in relation to lodgment

(1)The Court or a registrar may reject a document that is presented for lodgment if —

(a)the form and content of the document do not comply with these rules and any Court order or direction; or

(b)the document is not presented in accordance with this Part.

(2)If the Court or a registrar rejects a document under subrule (1), a registrar must notify the person who presented the document for lodgment.

(3)If a document is lodged other than by using the ECMS, the Court or a registrar may, where necessary, convert the document to an electronic format and record it in the ECMS as if it had been lodged by using the ECMS.

[Rule 98B inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98C.Requirement to lodge documents using the ECMS

(1)A person must present a document for lodgment by using the ECMS unless —

(a)the person is ECMS exempt in relation to the document; or

(b)the ECMS —

(i)has been declared unavailable for use under rule 99; or

(ii)is otherwise unavailable for use; or

(iii)does not permit the document to be lodged.

(2)A person who is not required to present a document for lodgment by using the ECMS may, subject to rule 96(5), lodge the document —

(a)by delivering it by hand; or

(b)by email in accordance with rule 98D; or

(c)by post in accordance with rule 98F; or

(d)by fax in accordance with rule 98G; or

(e)by using the ECMS.

(3)The Court may at any time, on the application of a party or on the Court’s own initiative, order a person who has presented a document for lodgment by using the ECMS to do either or both of the following —

(a)have the original document with the person at any conference or hearing in the course of the case concerned;

(b)lodge the original document by a means specified in the order.

[Rule 98C inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98D.Lodging by email

(1)An email by which documents are presented for lodgment in relation to a proceeding must —

(a)state the sender’s name; and

(b)state the title and number of the proceeding to which the documents relate; and

(c)list and describe the documents being presented for lodgment by the email; and

(d)give an explanation of the basis on which the documents may be lodged by email instead of by using the ECMS.

(2)A person who presents a document for lodgment by email must —

(a)endorse the first page of the original document with —

(i)a statement that the document is the original of a document sent by email; and

(ii)the date and time the document was sent by email;

and

(b)keep the endorsed original document and produce it if required to do so by the Court.

(3)A document presented for lodgment by email must be sent to the email address of the Court registry where the case is being heard.

(4)The Court may at any time, on the application of a party or on the Court’s own initiative, order a person who has presented a document for lodgment by email to do either or both of the following —

(a)have the original document with the person at any conference or hearing in the course of the case concerned;

(b)lodge the original document by a means specified in the order.

[Rule 98D inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98E.Form of documents lodged using ECMS or by email

(1)This rule applies to a document presented for lodgment —

(a)by using the ECMS; or

(b)by email.

(2)Subrule (3) applies to a document that —

(a)under these rules or the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005, must be signed before it is lodged; and

(b)is not listed in subrule (4).

(3)If a document to which this subrule applies is to be presented for lodgment —

(a)the document must be signed; and

(b)a copy of the document, in .docx format, must be presented instead of the signed copy; and

(c)the copy of the document in .docx format must, at any place in it where a signature would otherwise be required, state the name of the person who is required to sign it.

(4)Subrule (5) applies to the following documents —

(a)an affidavit;

(b)a consent to the Court doing anything;

(c)a document to be signed by a person who is not a party to the proceedings.

(5)A document to which this subrule applies must be —

(a)signed; and

(b)presented in .pdf format.

(6)A person who presents a document for lodgment under subrule (3) or (5) must keep the signed copy and produce it if required to do so by the Court.

[Rule 98E inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98F.Lodging by post

(1)A document presented for lodgment by post must have a cover page —

(a)stating the name of the person sending the document; and

(b)stating the title and number of the proceeding to which the document relates; and

(c)stating a description of the document; and

(d)giving an explanation of the basis on which the document is being lodged by post instead of by using the ECMS.

(2)A document presented for lodgment by post must be sent to the postal address of the Court registry where the case is being heard.

[Rule 98F inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98G.Lodging by fax

(1)A document presented for lodgment by fax must have a cover page —

(a)stating the name, postal address, telephone number and fax number of the person sending the document; and

(b)stating the title and number of the proceeding to which the document relates; and

(c)stating a description of the document; and

(d)giving an explanation of the basis on which the document is being lodged by fax instead of by using the ECMS; and

(e)stating the number of pages (including the cover page) being sent by fax.

(2)A person who presents a document for lodgment by fax must —

(a)endorse the first page of the original document with —

(i)a statement that the document is the original of a document sent by fax; and

(ii)the date and time the document was sent by fax;

and

(b)keep the endorsed original document and the fax machine’s report evidencing the successful transmission of the document; and

(c)produce the items referred to in paragraph (b) if directed to do so by the Court.

(3)A document presented for lodgment by fax must be sent to the fax number of the Court registry where the case is being heard.

(4)A person must not present a document for lodgment by fax that, with any attachments and a cover page, has more than 20 pages and any such document received by the Court is taken not to have been presented for lodgment.

(5)The Court may at any time, on the application of a party or on the Court’s own initiative, order a person who has presented a document for lodgment by fax to do either or both of the following —

(a)have the original document with the person at any conference or hearing in the course of the case concerned;

(b)lodge the original document by a means specified in the order.

[Rule 98G inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

98H.Time of lodgment

(1)A document lodged by using the ECMS is taken to have been lodged on the day and at the time recorded by the ECMS.

(2)Subrule (1) does not apply to a document that is recorded in the ECMS under rule 98B(3) as if it had been lodged by using the ECMS.

(3)A document lodged by email or fax is taken to have been lodged —

(a)if the whole document is received before 4 pm on a day when the Court registry is open for business, on that day;

(b)otherwise, on the next day when the Court registry is open for business.

[Rule 98H inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

99.Chief Magistrate may declare ECMS unavailable

(1)The Chief Magistrate may, in any manner the Chief Magistrate thinks fit, declare that the ECMS is unavailable for use for a period specified by the Chief Magistrate.

(2)The Chief Magistrate, in writing, may delegate the Chief Magistrate’s function under this rule to 1 or more other officers of the Court.

(3)For the purposes of these rules, a declaration made by a delegate of the Chief Magistrate under this rule is taken to be a declaration made by the Chief Magistrate.

[Rule 99 inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 6.]

Part 17 — Serving documents

Division 1 — General

99A.Terms used

In this Division —

administrative staff member means a person referred to in the Magistrates Court Act 2004 section 26(1);

departmental officer means a person employed in the department of the Public Service principally assisting in the administration of the Magistrates Court Act 2004.

[Rule 99A inserted: Gazette 3 May 2016 p. 1360.]

100.Service of documents

If these rules require a party to serve a document —

(a)the party must serve a copy of the document returned after lodgment bearing the seal of the Court; and

(b)unless the rules provide otherwise, the party must serve it on each other party.

101.How documents served

(1)Unless personal service is required under these rules, if a person wants to serve a document on someone, the person must do so —

(a)by delivering it, or sending it by pre‑paid post —

(i)if an address has been provided under rule 102, to that address; or

(ii)if an address has not been provided under rule 102, to the party’s usual or last known place of residence or principal or last known place of business, as the case may be, or the party’s usual postal address;

or

(b)subject to the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005, by email or fax.

(2)In order to serve a document on someone personally, a person must do so in accordance with Division 2.

(3)Nothing in this rule prevents a person from consenting to being served in a manner other than in accordance with this rule.

[Rule 101 amended: Gazette 24 May 2013 p. 2063.]

102.Address for service in lodged documents

(1)A document lodged in relation to a case must contain a residential or business address for service.

(1A)The address for service specified on the document is to be taken to be the party’s address for service under this Division until —

(a)if the document specified the address of a lawyer under subrule (5), the lawyer lodges a notice in the approved form —

(i)stating that the lawyer no longer acts for the party; and

(ii)specifying the party’s address for service under subrule (2), (3) or (4), as the case requires, or any new address for service under subrule (5) that is known to the lawyer;

or

(b)a notice of change of address is lodged under subrule (6).

(2)If the party lodging the document is an individual who is not represented by a lawyer, the address for service must be the usual place of residence or principal place of business address or the postal address of the individual.

(3A)A party who is an individual not represented by a lawyer and who provides a postal address as an address for service must also provide the Court and each of the other parties details of the usual place of residence or principal place of business address of the individual.

(3)If the party lodging the document is a partnership that is not represented by a lawyer, the address for service must be the principal place of business of the partnership.

(4)If the party lodging the document is a corporation that is not represented by a lawyer, the address for service must be the registered office or principal place of business of the corporation.

(5)If the party lodging the document is represented by a lawyer, the address for service must be the principal place of business of the lawyer or the lawyer’s number (if any) at a document exchange approved by the Chief Magistrate.

(6)If a party’s address for service under this rule changes after the lodgment of documents in relation to a case, the party must lodge and serve a notice of change of address as soon as practicable after the address has changed.

(7)The notice of change of address must be in the approved form.

[Rule 102 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2134‑5; 24 May 2013 p. 2063.]

103.Certificate of service by enforcement officer, administrative staff member or departmental officer

(1)If a document is served by an enforcement officer, an administrative staff member or a departmental officer on behalf of a party, the person who served the document must, as soon as practicable after the service, give a certificate of the service to the party.

(2)The certificate must be in an approved form.

(3)The certificate is admissible as evidence and, in the absence of proof to the contrary, is proof that the document was served by the enforcement officer, administrative staff member or departmental officer.

[Rule 103 amended: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4329; 3 May 2016 p. 1360-1.]

104.Affidavit of service by other persons

(1)If a document is served by a party, or on behalf of a party by a person other than an enforcement officer, administrative staff member or departmental officer, the party must lodge an affidavit of service completed by the person who served the document.

(2)The affidavit of service must state when, where, how and by whom service was effected.

[Rule 104 amended: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4329; 3 May 2016 p. 1361.]

Division 2 — Personal service

105.Personal service on individual, how effected

In order to serve a document on an individual personally a person must —

(a)hand the document to the individual or, if the individual is a person under a legal disability, to the individual’s parent, guardian or litigation guardian; or

(b)if the individual or the individual’s parent, guardian or litigation guardian, as the case may be, does not accept the document, put the document down in his or her presence and advise him or her of the nature of the document; or

(c)hand the document to a person who is authorised in writing to receive documents on behalf of the individual; or

(d)hand the document to someone at the person’s usual or last known place of residence or business who is believed, on reasonable grounds, to have reached 18 years of age; or

(e)hand the document to a lawyer who is acting for the individual.

106.Personal service on partnership, how effected

In order to serve a document on a partnership personally a person must —

(a)hand the document to one of the partners; or

(b)if the partner does not accept the document, put the document down in the partner’s presence and advise the partner of the nature of the document; or

(c)hand the document to someone at the partnership’s principal or last known place of business who, on reasonable grounds, is believed to be in charge of the business at the time of service; or

(d)hand the document to a lawyer who is acting for the partnership.

107.Personal service on corporation, how effected

(1)In order to serve a document on a corporation personally a person must hand the document to —

(a)a person who, on reasonable grounds, is believed to be a director of the corporation who resides in Australia; or

(b)a lawyer who is acting for the corporation.

(2)This rule applies in addition to the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth.

[Rule 107 inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2135.]

108.Personal service on public authority, how effected

In order to serve a document on a public authority personally a person must —

(a)hand the document to a person who, on reasonable grounds, is believed to be the chief executive officer of the public authority or a person authorised by the chief executive officer to receive documents for the purposes of this paragraph; or

(b)hand the document to a lawyer who is acting for the public authority.

Division 3 — Miscellaneous

[Heading inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2135.]

109A.Substituted service, applying for (Act s. 16(1)(t))

(1)If a party cannot serve a document on another party in accordance with Divisions 1 and 2, the party may apply to the Court to make an order under the Act section 16(1)(t) that —

(a)the party may be served by a substituted form of service; or

(b)if it is appropriate in the circumstances, the requirement for service be dispensed with altogether.

(2)The application —

(a)is not required to be served on any other party; and

(b)may be dealt with in the absence of the parties.

[Rule 109A inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2135‑6.]

Part 18  Applications

109.Applying for Court order except judgment

(1)This rule applies to —

(a)an application for a Court order other than —

(i)a judgment after trial; or

(ii)an order made in or as a consequence of a judgment, not being an order to set aside a judgment given under the Act section 17(3), 18(6) or 19(3);

or

(b)an application in relation to which rule 111(1) does not apply.

(2)A party may make an application —

(a)subject to subrule (3), by lodging the approved form; or

(b)with the leave of the Court, orally at any hearing.

(3)Before making an application under subrule 2(a), the party must confer with the other party to try to resolve the matters giving rise to the application.

[Rule 109 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 33.]

110.Supporting affidavit

A written application must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

[Rule 110 amended: SL 2020/67 r. 34.]

111.Application must be served

(1)Except as provided in subrule (2), a party making a written application must serve a copy of the application and supporting affidavit on every other party after it has been lodged.

(2)Subrule (1) does not apply —

(a)in relation to an application for default judgment —

(i)for a failure to lodge a response in accordance with rule 9(1); or

(ii)for a failure to lodge a statement of defence or a statement of defence and counterclaim in accordance with rule 41B; or

(iii)if these rules state that the default judgment may be given in the absence of the parties;

or

(b)in relation to any other application, if —

(i)these rules provide otherwise; or

(ii)the Court dealing with the application orders otherwise.

[Rule 111 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2136; 20 May 2011 p. 1842; SL 2020/67 r. 35.]

112.Response to application

(1)A party which has been served with an application must, no later than 14 days after the party was served with the application, lodge and serve —

(a)a response to the application stating whether the party consents or objects in relation to each order sought in the application; and

(b)unless the party consents to every order sought in the application, an affidavit supporting the response; and

(c)any related application by the party.

(2)The response must be in the approved form.

[Rule 112 amended: SL 2020/67 r. 36.]

113.Dealing with application

An application must be dealt with in the presence of the parties to the application unless —

(a)these rules provide otherwise; or

(b)the Court dealing with the application orders otherwise.

[Rule 113 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2136.]

113A.No response filed

(1)If a party fails to lodge and serve a response to an application in accordance with rule 112, a registrar may —

(a)grant the application, if satisfied that the party making the application is entitled to relief; or

(b)refer the application to a magistrate.

(2)A magistrate to whom an application is referred under subrule (1)(b) may, in chambers —

(a)without hearing the party making the application, grant it; or

(b)direct a registrar to list the application for hearing by a magistrate.

(3)A magistrate hearing the application may grant or refuse it.

[Rule 113A inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 37.]

Part 19  Affidavits

114.Form of affidavits

An affidavit must be in the approved form.

115.Content of affidavits

(1)Except as provided in subrule (2), an affidavit must be confined to facts to which the person making the affidavit is able to depose from his or her own knowledge.

(2)An affidavit may contain statements based on information received by the person making the affidavit, and believed by that person to be true, if the affidavit also contains the sources or grounds of that information or belief.

(3)Any addition, alteration or erasure in an affidavit must be initialled by the person making the affidavit and the person before whom the affidavit was sworn or affirmed.

[Rule 115 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2136.]

Part 20 — Litigation guardians

116.Terms used

In this Part —

child means a person who is under 18 years of age and who is not a represented person;

represented person has the meaning given to that term in the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 section 3(1).

117.Application of this Part

This Part applies in relation to a person under a legal disability if the person is, or intends to be, a party to a case.

118.Represented persons to have litigation guardians

(1)A represented person must have a litigation guardian to conduct the case on his or her behalf unless the Court orders otherwise.

(2)Except as provided in subrule (3), a guardian or administrator of a represented person is to be the litigation guardian of the person if the relevant guardianship or administration order —

(a)is plenary; or

(b)otherwise confers on the guardian or administrator the function of conducting or settling legal proceedings on behalf of the person.

(3)If the Public Trustee is a joint administrator of the estate of a represented person, the Public Trustee is to be the person’s sole litigation guardian.

(4)A represented person not referred to in subrule (2) may have as his or her litigation guardian anyone who —

(a)is not under a legal disability; and

(b)does not have an interest in the case that is adverse to the interests of the represented person.

(5)A person may act as a litigation guardian of a represented person without being appointed by the Court to act in that capacity.

119.Litigation guardian of represented person must lodge affidavit

(1)A litigation guardian of a represented person must, in accordance with this rule, lodge and serve an affidavit that is sworn by the litigation guardian —

(a)when first lodging and serving a claim or response; or

(b)if he or she becomes the litigation guardian after proceedings on behalf of the represented person have commenced, as soon as practicable after he or she becomes the litigation guardian.

(2)In the case of a litigation guardian of a represented person referred to in rule 118(2), the affidavit must verify that —

(a)the person for whom the litigation guardian is acting is a represented person; and

(b)the litigation guardian has been appointed the guardian or administrator of the person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990; and

(c)the relevant guardianship or administration order —

(i)is plenary; or

(ii)otherwise confers on the guardian or administrator the function of conducting or settling legal proceedings on behalf of the person.

(3)In the case of a litigation guardian of a represented person not referred to in rule 118(2), the affidavit must —

(a)verify that the person for whom the litigation guardian is acting is a represented person; and

(b)state the nature of the litigation guardian’s relationship with the represented person; and

(c)verify that the litigation guardian consents to acting in that capacity for the represented person; and

(d)verify that the litigation guardian is not under a legal disability and does not have an interest in the case that is adverse to the interests of the represented person; and

(e)set out the grounds for any knowledge or belief expressed in the affidavit.

120.Children, litigation guardians for

(1)A child may have as his or her litigation guardian anyone who —

(a)is not under a legal disability; and

(b)does not have an interest in the case that is adverse to the interests of the child.

(2)A person may act as litigation guardian of a child without being appointed by the Court to act in that capacity.

121.Litigation guardian of child must lodge affidavit

(1)A litigation guardian of a child must, in accordance with subrule (2), lodge and serve an affidavit sworn by the litigation guardian —

(a)when first lodging and serving a claim or response; or

(b)if proceedings on behalf of the child have already begun, as soon as practicable after the litigation guardian assumes that capacity.

(2)The litigation guardian’s affidavit must —

(a)verify that the person for whom the litigation guardian is acting is a child; and

(b)state the nature of the litigation guardian’s relationship with the child; and

(c)verify that the litigation guardian consents to acting in that capacity for the child; and

(d)verify that the litigation guardian is not under a legal disability and does not have an interest in the case that is adverse to the interests of the child; and

(e)set out the grounds for any knowledge or belief expressed in the affidavit.

(3)If the child has reached 14 years of age, the litigation guardian must, together with the litigation guardian’s affidavit, lodge and serve an affidavit sworn by the child, verifying that he or she wants the litigation guardian to act in that capacity.

(4)If —

(a)the child has not reached 14 years of age; and

(b)the litigation guardian is not the parent or guardian of the child,

the litigation guardian must, together with the litigation guardian’s affidavit, lodge and serve an affidavit sworn by the parent or guardian of the child, verifying that the parent or guardian consents to the litigation guardian acting in that capacity.

122.Litigation guardian, application by to be appointed

(1)A person may make an application to be appointed as the litigation guardian, or to replace the litigation guardian, of a person under a legal disability.

(2)Except as provided in subrules (3) and (4), the application must be made in accordance with Part 18.

(3)If the application relates to a represented person, the application must be supported by an affidavit in accordance with rule 119(3).

(4)If the application relates to a child, the application must be supported by affidavits in accordance with rule 121.

Part 21 — Jurisdiction conferred by other Acts

Division 1 — General

123.Terms used

In this Division —

application means an application to which this Division applies;

audio link has the meaning given in the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 section 3(1);

conferring Act means legislation referred to in rule 124;

Fines Enforcement Registrar means the Registrar as defined in the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 3(1);

offender —

(a)has the meaning given in the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 28(1); and

(b)includes a person liable to pay an amount referred to in Part 5 of that Act;

video link has the meaning given in the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 section 3(1);

warrant of commitment inquiry has the meaning given in the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52M(1).

[Rule 123 amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3193; 20 May 2011 p. 1842; SL 2021/25 r. 7.]

124.Applications to which this Division applies

(1)This Division applies to an application made to the Court under a provision listed in the Table.

Table

Written law

Provision(s)

Animal Welfare Act 2002

s. 44, 56.

Auction Sales Act 1973

s. 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 33.

Building Act 2011

s. 86(1).

Conservation and Land Management Act 1984

s. 108A.

Criminal and Found Property Disposal Act 2006

s. 11, 12, 26, 30.

Criminal Investigation Act 2006

s. 49, 147.

Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970

s. 17(3), 19(1), 20.

Dividing Fences Act 1961

s. 9, 11, 13, 15.

Dog Act 1976

s. 39, 40(4).

Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994

s. 52N(1), 69(1), 91B(2), 94.

Local Government Act 1995

s. 3.26(4).

Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 2014

s. 16.

Pawnbrokers and Second‑hand Dealers Act 1994

s. 85, 86.

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967

s. 17(4)

Prohibited Behaviour Orders Act 2010

s. 5, 21.

Restraining Orders Act 1997

Any provision.

Restraint of Debtors Act 1984

Any provision.

Weapons Act 1999

s. 17(1).

(2)This Division applies to an application made to the Court under the Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth).

(3)This Division does not apply to a claim for the recovery of an amount that is permitted to be made in a court of competent jurisdiction by a provision referred to in subrule (1) or by the Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth).

(4)This Division applies to an application made to the Court under the National Credit Code, as defined in the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Commonwealth) section 5(1), sections 100 and 101.

[Rule 124 inserted: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3193-4; amended: Gazette 20 May 2011 p. 1842; 23 Mar 2012 p. 1367; 24 May 2013 p. 2063; 8 Jan 2015 p. 160; 15 May 2015 p. 1726; 18 Sep 2018 p. 3516; SL 2021/25 r. 8.]

125.Application, form of

Unless the conferring Act provides otherwise, an application must be in the approved form.

126.Application must be served

(1)Except as provided in the conferring Act or in rule 129B, 129C, 129D, 130A, 131AA or 131B, a party making an application must serve a copy of the application and any supporting affidavit on every other party —

(a)as soon as practicable, and in any event within one year, after it has been lodged; and

(b)at least 5 clear days before the hearing of the application.

(2)Unless an Act provides otherwise, the application must be served personally.

[Rule 126 inserted: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4330; amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3194; 20 May 2011 p. 1842; 3 Jun 2014 p. 1743; 15 May 2015 p. 1726; SL 2021/25 r. 9.]

127.Registrar to list case for status conference

(1A)This rule does not apply to an application made to the Court under a provision listed in the Table.

Table

Written law

Provision(s)

Animal Welfare Act 2002

s. 44, 56.

Criminal and Found Property Disposal Act 2006

Any provision.

Criminal Investigation Act 2006

s. 49(1), 147(5).

Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994

s. 52N(1), 94.

Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 2014

s. 16.

Prohibited Behaviour Orders Act 2010

s. 5, 21.

Restraining Orders Act 1997

Any provision.

Weapons Act 1999

s. 17(1).

(1)As soon as practicable after an application is lodged, a registrar must list the case for a status conference.

[(2)deleted]

(3)If the conferring Act does not require the application to be served, the registrar must notify the parties in writing of the status conference.

[Rule 127 amended: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4330; 2 Jul 2010 p. 3194; 20 May 2011 p. 1843; 3 Jun 2014 p. 1743; 15 May 2015 p. 1727; SL 2020/67 r. 38; SL 2021/25 r. 10.]

128.Application of rules generally

(1)This rule does not apply to an application made to the Court under —

(a)the Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 2014 section 16; or

(b)the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52N(1).

(2)Unless the conferring Act provides otherwise, rule 29, rules 40 to 41B, rule 43, Part 10, Part 12 Division 1, and Parts 13 to 20 and 22 apply, with any necessary modifications, to an application.

[Rule 128 amended: Gazette 2 Jul 2010 p. 3195; 24 May 2013 p. 2063; 15 May 2015 p. 1727; 30 Sep 2016 p. 4182; SL 2021/25 r. 11.]

129A.Dealing with application

(1)This rule does not apply to an application made to the Court under the Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 2014 section 16.

(2)Except as provided in the conferring Act and this Part, an application must be dealt with in the presence of the parties to the application.

[Rule 129A inserted as rule 128A: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4330; renumbered as rule 129A: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2137; amended: Gazette 15 May 2015 p. 1727.]

129AB.Animal Welfare Act 2002 s. 44 and 56, application under

An application under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 section 44 or 56 must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

[Rule 129AB inserted: Gazette 20 May 2011 p. 1843.]

129B.Criminal and Found Property Disposal Act 2006, application under

(1)An application under the Criminal and Found Property Disposal Act 2006 must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

(2)When the application and supporting affidavit are lodged, 2 copies must also be lodged.

(3)When the application and supporting affidavit are lodged, a registrar must —

(a)list the application for hearing on the earliest convenient date; and

(b)insert the hearing details on the application; and

(c)return a copy of the application and supporting affidavit to the applicant and give a copy to every other party to the application at least 5 clear days before the date listed for the hearing of the application.

[Rule 129B inserted as rule 128B: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4331; renumbered as rule 129B: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2137; amended: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 411.]

129C.Criminal Investigation Act 2006 s. 49(1) and 147(5), application under

(1)An application under the Criminal Investigation Act 2006 section 49(1) must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit and a map of the protected forensic area to which the application relates.

(2)An application under the Criminal Investigation Act 2006 section 147(5) must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit and a map of the place where the seized thing to which the application relates has been secured.

(3)When the application, supporting affidavit and map are lodged, 2 copies must also be lodged.

(4)When the application, supporting affidavit and map are lodged, a registrar must —

(a)list the application for hearing on the earliest convenient date; and

(b)insert the hearing details on the application; and

(c)return a copy of the application, supporting affidavit and map to the applicant and give a copy to every other party to the application at least 5 clear days before the date listed for the hearing of the application.

[Rule 129C inserted as rule 128C: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4331; renumbered as rule 129C: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2137; amended: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 411.]

129D.Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 2014

(1)An application under the Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 2014 section 16 must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

(2)Rule 126(1) does not apply to the application.

(3)The Court may make, vary or revoke a disease test order under the Mandatory Testing (Infectious Diseases) Act 2014 section 19 orally or in writing.

[Rule 129D inserted: Gazette 15 May 2015 p. 1727.]

129.Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970, application under

An application under the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

130A.Application under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 52N(1)

(1)An application under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52N(1) must be lodged with any documentation and evidence required by section 52O(2) of that Act.

(2)The evidence required by the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52O(2)(b) must be provided by way of affidavit.

(3)Rule 126(1) does not apply to the application.

(4)Parts 16, 19 and 22 apply, with any necessary modifications, to the application.

[Rule 130A inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 12.]

130B.Dealing with application under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 52N(1)

(1)The magistrate dealing with an application under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52N(1) may, in chambers and in the absence of the Fines Enforcement Registrar and the offender —

(a)grant the application; or

(b)direct that the application be listed for hearing by a magistrate.

(2)The Court must notify the Fines Enforcement Registrar of the details of a hearing referred to in subrule (1)(b).

(3)The notification must be at least 5 clear days before the date listed for the hearing unless the magistrate considers the hearing to be urgent.

(4)The magistrate hearing the application may grant or refuse it.

[Rule 130B inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 12.]

130C.Process where summons issued under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Pt. 4 Div. 3E

(1)This rule applies if the Court decides to hold a warrant of commitment inquiry and issues a summons under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52Q(1)(a) for the offender to appear at the inquiry.

(2)The inquiry must be held at the registry of the Court at which the application for the inquiry was lodged.

(3)The Fines Enforcement Registrar must arrange service of the summons in accordance with the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52V.

[Rule 130C inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 12.]

130D.Process where arrest warrant issued under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Pt. 4 Div. 3E

(1)In this rule —

Commissioner of Police means the person holding or acting in the office of Commissioner of Police under the Police Act 1892.

(2)This rule applies if the Court decides to hold a warrant of commitment inquiry and issues an arrest warrant under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52Q(1)(b) to have the offender arrested and brought before the Court for the inquiry.

(3)If the offender is to be released under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52ZB(1)(b) or (3), the Court must set a time and place for the warrant of commitment inquiry.

(4)If the arrest warrant ceases to be in force as a result of the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52ZA(b)(ii) or (iv), the Court must notify the Commissioner of Police that the arrest warrant is no longer in force.

[Rule 130D inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 12.]

130E.Process for warrant of commitment inquiry under Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Pt. 4 Div. 3E

(1)This rule applies if the Court decides to hold a warrant of commitment inquiry.

(2)The Court must notify the Fines Enforcement Registrar of the time and location at which the inquiry will be held.

(3)The notification under subrule (2) must be given immediately in the case of an offender who is brought before the Court under an arrest warrant issued under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52Q(1)(b), or who appears voluntarily in Court following the issue of the warrant.

(4)The Fines Enforcement Registrar may appear before the Court at the inquiry —

(a)in the case of an inquiry held outside the metropolitan region (as defined in the Planning and Development Act 2005 section 4(1)) — in person or by video link or audio link; or

(b)in any other case — in person or, with the leave of the Court, by video link or audio link.

(5)If the Court makes an order under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 52S(1), the Court must immediately notify the Fines Enforcement Registrar of the order.

[Rule 130E inserted: SL 2021/25 r. 12.]

130.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 69(1), application under

(1)An application under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 69(1) must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

[(2)deleted]

(3)The application may be dealt with by a registrar.

(4)The application may be dealt with in the absence of —

(a)the debtor mentioned in the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 69(1)(a); or

(b)the person mentioned in the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 69(1)(b),

as is relevant in the case.

[Rule 130 amended: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4332; 2 Jul 2010 p. 3195; 20 Aug 2013 p. 3817; 3 Jun 2014 p. 1743.]

131AA.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94(2), application under

(1)An application under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 94(2) must be lodged by the Sheriff together with copy of the written notice of claim.

(2)As soon as practicable after an application made by the Sheriff under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 94(2) is lodged, a registrar must —

(a)list the application for hearing on the earliest convenient date; and

(b)endorse the hearing date on the application; and

(c)return one copy of the application to the Sheriff and serve one copy of the application on the claimant by service by ordinary post.

(3)If the claimant files notice of withdrawal and gives notice in writing of the withdrawal to the Court before the time of the hearing, the property seized by the Sheriff or the proceeds of the sale of the property must be dealt with and disposed of as if the claim had not been made.

[Rule 131AA inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2014 p. 1744; amended: Gazette 15 May 2015 p. 1728.]

131AB.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94, location of interpleader proceedings

(1)The proceedings under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 94 are to be held at the place where the Court has a registry that is nearest to the place where the property the subject of the proceedings is located.

(2)If the Court is satisfied that it would be more convenient or fair to the parties if the whole or a part of the interpleader proceedings were conducted at another place in the State (whether or not a registry of the Court is there), the Court may order accordingly.

(3)An order may be made under subrule (2) only on the application of a party of which any other party has had notice.

(4)If the Court makes an order under subrule (2) it may make any necessary ancillary or consequential order.

[Rule 131AB inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2014 p. 1744; amended: Gazette 15 May 2015 p. 1728.]

131AC.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94, interpleader proceedings

(1)The claimant must, at least 10 clear days before the time of the hearing, file with the Court 2 copies of the particulars of any property alleged to be the property of the claimant and of the claimant’s grounds for the claim.

(2)The following details and information must be fully set out in, or accompany, those particulars —

(a)the name, address and description of the claimant;

(b)information as to possession of the property;

(c)information as to the claimant’s interest in the property;

(d)details of, and a copy of, any document that supports the claimant’s claim to possession of or interest in the property.

(3)The Court must immediately give the Sheriff a copy of the particulars by service by ordinary post.

(4)A hearing in relation to a claim is to proceed as if the claimant were the plaintiff, and the Sheriff the defendant.

[Rule 131AC inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2014 p. 1745; amended: Gazette 15 May 2015 p. 1728.]

131AD.Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 s. 94, power to delay sale

(1)The Sheriff may, in his or her discretion, delay selling any property in respect of which a claim has been made under the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 section 93 until a Court has adjudicated on the claim.

(2)The Sheriff is to be allowed such costs out of pocket only as the Court may order for the keeping of continued possession of the property under subrule (1).

[Rule 131AD inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2014 p. 1745; amended: Gazette 15 May 2015 p. 1728.]

131A.National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cwlth) s. 199(1)(b), application under

Under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Commonwealth) section 199(1)(b), a person who wants the small claims procedure to apply to the proceedings must so indicate in the person’s application made under that Act.

[Rule 131A inserted: Gazette 20 May 2011 p. 1843.]

131B.Prohibited Behaviour Orders Act 2010, application under

(1)In this rule, unless the contrary intention appears —

Act means the Prohibited Behaviour Orders Act 2010;

section means a section of the Act.

(2)If a term used in this rule is defined in the Act, it has the same meaning in this rule as it has in the Act, unless the contrary intention appears.

(3)To make an application under section 5 for a PBO against a person (the respondent), the prosecutor must —

(a)complete the approved form for the application and state in it —

(i)the constraints the prosecutor wants the Court to specify in the PBO under section 10; and

(ii)the period of the PBO the prosecutor wants the Court to specify in the PBO under section 12;

and

(b)give the application to the judicial officer presiding at the hearing at which the respondent is to be sentenced; and

(c)if the respondent is present at that hearing, give a copy of the application to the respondent personally.

(4)If the respondent is not present when an application for a PBO is made, a registrar must attach a copy of the application to the hearing notice that the registrar gives the respondent under section 7(2).

(5)Within 28 days after the date on which an application for a PBO is made, the applicant must —

(a)lodge an affidavit in support of the application; and

(b)give a copy to the respondent in accordance with section 33.

(6)Unless the Court permits otherwise, the supporting affidavit must state the following —

(a)details of the respondent’s convictions of relevant offences on which the applicant relies to allege the respondent is a person described in section 8(2)(a);

(b)if any such conviction is of a relevant offence that is not a prescribed offence, the material facts of the offence;

(c)details of the matters listed in section 9(3)(a), (c), (e) and (f);

(d)any other facts on which the applicant intends to rely in support of the application.

(7)Unless the Court permits otherwise, the supporting affidavit must refer to and have attached to it each of these documents —

(a)the respondent’s criminal record;

(b)any order referred to in section 9(3)(d) that is in force against the respondent;

(c)any order listed in section 10(7) that is in force against the respondent.

(8)To make an application under section 21 to vary or cancel a PBO, a person must lodge —

(a)the application; and

(b)2 copies of an affidavit in support of the application.

(9)The respondent to an application made under section 5 or 21 may file an affidavit in response to the affidavit filed in support of the application.

(10)An affidavit referred to in subrule (9) must be —

(a)lodged within 21 days after the date on which the respondent is served with the affidavit lodged in support of the application; and

(b)served on the applicant at least 5 clear days before the hearing of the application.

(11)If a PBO is corrected under section 25, a registrar must cause a copy of the corrected PBO to be given —

(a)to each party to the PBO proceedings; and

(b)if the Commissioner of Police is not a party to the PBO proceedings — to the Commissioner of Police.

(12)A hearing notice must be in the approved form.

[Rule 131B inserted: Gazette 20 May 2011 p. 1843-5; amended: Gazette 27 Oct 2011 p. 4557.]

131C.Weapons Act 1999 s. 17(1), application under

An application made under the Weapons Act 1999 section 17(1) must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

[Rule 131C inserted: Gazette 20 May 2011 p. 1845.]

Division 1A — Restraining Orders Act 1997

[Heading inserted: SL 2020/141 r. 4.]

131CAA.Terms used

In this Division —

Act means the Restraining Orders Act 1997;

section means a section of the Act.

[Rule 131CAA inserted: SL 2020/141 r. 4.]

131CAB.Fixing conference under s. 49D

(1)In this rule —

conference means a conference under section 49D.

(2)A conference may be fixed only at a Court location approved by the Chief Magistrate.

(3)A registrar may fix a conference by —

(a)fixing a day, time and place for the conference; and

(b)notifying the parties of the conference.

(4)Subrule (3) is satisfied if the ECMS fixes the conference.

[Rule 131CAB inserted: SL 2020/141 r. 4; amended: SL 2021/45 r. 4.]

131CA.Fixing hearing under s. 9 or 26

(1)This rule applies for the purposes of sections 9 and 26(2).

(2)If under the Act the Court must fix a hearing, the Court must fix the hearing by —

(a)fixing a day, time and place for the hearing; and

(b)notifying the parties of the hearing.

(3)If under the Act the Court must summons a person to a hearing, the Court must summons the person to the hearing by —

(a)preparing a summons in the form set out in Schedule 1 Form 16; and

(b)causing the summons to be served on the person.

(4)Subrule (2) is satisfied if the ECMS fixes the hearing.

(5)Despite subrule (2), if under section 26(2) an applicant wishes to have the first hearing held in the absence of the respondent —

(a)the Court may fix the first hearing by —

(i)fixing a day, time and place for the first hearing; and

(ii)notifying the applicant of the first hearing;

or

(b)an approved user acting for the applicant may select the day, time and place (the hearing details) for the first hearing by means of the ECMS.

(6)If the hearing details have been selected under subrule (5)(b), the Court must give notice to confirm the hearing details by means of the ECMS to the approved user.

[Rule 131CA inserted: SL 2021/45 r. 5.]

131CB.Preparing, serving and delivering restraining orders under s. 10(1)

(1)This rule applies for the purposes of section 10(1).

(2)A restraining order is to be prepared by means of the ECMS in the form set out in Schedule 1 Form 2, 4, 6 or 9, as appropriate.

(3)Subject to section 10(1A), the Court must cause —

(a)the respondent’s copy and the respondent’s endorsement copy (if one is required to be served) of the restraining order to be served on the person who is bound by the order; and

(b)the applicant’s copy of the order to be delivered to —

(i)the person seeking to be protected by the order; or

(ii)the parent or guardian of that person, if the parent or guardian made the application for the order on behalf of that person;

and

(c)the police copy of the order to be delivered by means of the ECMS to the Commissioner of Police.

[(d)deleted]

(4)Delivery of a document under subrule (3)(b) may be by means of the ECMS if an approved user is acting for the person to whom the document is to be delivered.

(5)When subrule (3) has been complied with, the Court copy of the order must be placed by means of the ECMS on the Court’s records.

[Rule 131CB inserted: SL 2020/37 r. 4; amended: SL 2020/54 r. 7; SL 2020/67 r. 40; SL 2020/141 r. 6.]

131CC.Application for FVRO under s. 24A

(1)This rule applies for the purposes of an application for an FVRO under section 24A.

(2)The application must be made —

(a)in person, using the form set out in Schedule 1 Form 1; or

(b)if an approved user is acting for the applicant and the application is being made by means of the ECMS — by providing the information required by the ECMS to make the application.

[Rule 131CC inserted: SL 2020/54 r. 8; amended: SL 2020/141 r. 7.]

131CD.Application for VRO under s. 25

(1)This rule applies for the purposes of an application for a VRO under section 25.

(2)The application must be made —

(a)in person, using the form set out in Schedule 1 Form 5; or

(b)if an approved user is acting for the applicant and the application is being made by means of the ECMS — by providing the information required by the ECMS to make the application.

[Rule 131CD inserted: SL 2020/54 r. 8; amended: SL 2020/141 r. 8.]

131CE.Applicant’s declaration if application is to be made by ECMS

(1)If an application is to be made by means of the ECMS under rule 131CC(2)(b) or 131CD(2)(b), the approved user must —

(a)read out to the applicant the information provided by the applicant that is to form the evidence in support of the application; and

(b)ask the applicant to declare that the information is true; and

(c)if the applicant makes that declaration, record that fact in the application.

(2)If the applicant does not make the declaration referred to in subrule (1), the application cannot be made by means of the ECMS.

[Rule 131CE inserted: SL 2020/54 r. 8.]

131CF.Relationship with Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 Pt. 2 Div. 3

If there is an inconsistency between rules 131CA to 131CE and the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005 Part 2 Division 3 in relation to the ECMS, rules 131CA to 131CE prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

[Rule 131CF inserted: SL 2020/54 r. 8.]

131D.Forms under Act

(1)For the purposes of the Act, the forms set out in Schedule 1 are prescribed in relation to the matters specified in those forms.

(2)Where a form is in parts, then only those parts of the form that are relevant, taking into account the part heading, need be used for a particular copy of the form, or for a particular purpose.

[Rule 131D inserted: Gazette 20 Jun 2017 p. 2991-2; amended: SL 2020/141 r. 9.]

Division 2 — Civil Judgments Enforcement Act 2004

131.Means inquiries, registrars’ powers for

A registrar may deal with a means inquiry under the Civil Judgments Enforcement Act 2004 section 30 and may for that purpose exercise any of the Court’s powers under sections 28, 29 and 31 of that Act and the Civil Judgments Enforcement Regulations 2005 Part 4 Division 2 and regulations 86 and 96.

[Rule 131 amended: Gazette 1 Jun 2012 p. 2282.]

132.Other applications and requests dealt with by registrars

(1)For the purposes of the Civil Judgments Enforcement Act 2004 section 9(3), an application or request that, when made to the Court under the Act, may be dealt with by a registrar, is —

(a)an application for an order under section 10, 15(5)(a), 20(3) or 22(1) of that Act; or

(b)an application for leave under section 13(1)(a) of that Act; or

(c)an application or request under a section of that Act listed in the Table to this paragraph.

Table

s. 15(1)

s. 56(1)

s. 32

s. 58(1)

s. 33

s. 59(1)

s. 35(1)

s. 95(1)

s. 41(2)

s. 101(1)

s. 42(1)

s. 102(2)

s. 49(1)

s. 103(2)

s. 55(2)

 

(2)A person may apply for the review of a decision of a registrar in relation to the application or request by making an application under Part 18 of these rules.

[Rule 132 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2137.]

Division 3A — Warehousemen’s Liens Act 1952

[Heading inserted: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 411.]

133AAA.Terms used

In this Division —

Act means the Warehousemen’s Liens Act 1952;

section means a section of the Act;

warehouseman has the meaning given in section 3.

[Rule 133AAA inserted: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 411.]

133AAB.Application for order under s. 7(7A)

(1)An application for an order under section 7(7A) must be in the approved form.

(2)The application must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

(3)When the application and supporting affidavit are lodged, 2 copies must also be lodged.

(4)As soon as practicable after the application and supporting affidavit are lodged, a registrar must list the application before a magistrate for a directions hearing on the earliest practicable date.

(5)The application —

(a)is not required to be served on any other party; and

(b)may be dealt with at the directions hearing (in the manner provided by subrule (6)) in the absence of the parties.

(6)At the directions hearing, the Court may —

(a)make orders as to the procedure to be followed by each party and the Court in order to ensure the application is dealt with justly; and

(b)make an interim order under section 7(7A) pending the final determination of the application.

[Rule 133AAB inserted: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 411-12.]

133AAC.Payments into court under s. 10(2A)

(1)This rule applies when a warehouseman pays a surplus into the Court under section 10(2A).

(2)The surplus must be accompanied by the following —

(a)the approved form;

(b)the duplicate copies of the statement of account referred to in section 10(4), verified in the manner prescribed for the purposes of that subsection;

(c)a supporting affidavit containing any other particulars that are prescribed for the purposes of that subsection.

(3)The Court must give to the warehouseman a receipt for the surplus.

(4)After the surplus is paid into the Court, a registrar must serve on each person who, to the registrar’s knowledge, may have a claim to the surplus a copy of the following —

(a)the approved form referred to in subrule (2)(a);

(b)the verified statement of account referred to in subrule (2)(b);

(c)the supporting affidavit referred to in subrule (2)(c);

(d)the receipt referred to in subrule (3).

[Rule 133AAC inserted: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 412.]

133AAD.Application for order under s. 10(2B)

(1)A person (the applicant) who wishes to make a claim to a surplus paid into the Court under section 10(2A) may apply to the Court for an order under section 10(2B).

(2)The application must be lodged within 60 days after the day on which the surplus is paid into the Court under section 10(2A).

(3)The application must be in the approved form.

(4)The application must be lodged together with a supporting affidavit.

(5)The supporting affidavit must include (but is not limited to including) the following —

(a)a statement as to why the applicant is entitled to the surplus;

(b)unless paragraph (c) applies — details of any person (an other party) who, to the applicant’s knowledge, disputes the applicant’s claim to the surplus;

(c)if, to the applicant’s knowledge, there is no other party, a statement to that effect.

(6)When the application and supporting affidavit are lodged, 2 copies must also be lodged.

(7)As soon as practicable after the application and the supporting affidavit are lodged, a registrar must list the application before a magistrate for a directions hearing.

(8)The registrar must endorse the date of the directions hearing on the copy of the application that is to be served under subrule (9).

(9)The applicant must serve personally on any other party a copy of the application and the supporting affidavit at least 5 clear days before the date of the directions hearing.

(10)At the directions hearing, the Court may make orders as to the procedure to be followed by the applicant, any other party and the Court to ensure the application is dealt with justly.

[Rule 133AAD inserted: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 412-13.]

133AAE.Court may act on its own initiative under s. 10(2B)

(1)This rule applies if —

(a)the period allowed by rule 133AAD(2) for lodging an application under rule 133AAD has expired; and

(b)no application has been lodged.

(2)A registrar must list the case before a magistrate in chambers for the making of an order by the Court under section 10(2B).

[Rule 133AAE inserted: Gazette 23 Jan 2015 p. 413.]

Division 3 — Applications under other written laws

[Heading inserted: Gazette 23 Mar 2012 p. 1367.]

133AA.Applications under other written laws, making etc.

(1)This rule applies to an application made under a written law, other than a written law referred to in another rule in this Part, for relief other than relief within the Court’s jurisdiction conferred by section 6 of the Act.

(2)The application must —

(a)be made in accordance with rule 125; and

(b)be served in accordance with rule 126.

(3)As soon as practicable after the application is made, a registrar must list it before a magistrate for a directions hearing, and advise each party in writing.

(4)At the directions hearing, the magistrate may make orders as to the procedure to be followed by each party and the Court in order to ensure the application is dealt with justly.

[Rule 133AA inserted: Gazette 23 Mar 2012 p. 1367‑8.]

Part 22  Miscellaneous

133A.Change of venue, application for (Act s. 22)

(1)When an application is made under the Act section 22 —

(a)the applicant is not required to serve the application on any other party; and

(b)the registrar must instead provide a copy of the application to every other party.

(2)Unless the Court orders otherwise, the application may be dealt with in the absence of the parties.

[Rule 133A inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2137.]

133B.Typographical and other errors, correcting

(1)If a party makes an application to correct a typographical error or other defect, a registrar may order that the party may make the correction.

(2)An application for an order under subrule (1) —

(a)is not required to be served on any other party; and

(b)may be dealt with in the absence of the parties.

[Rule 133B inserted: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2137‑8.]

133.Forms to be available

The Court must make approved forms available —

(a)at each Court registry; and

(b)on request, by post; and

(c)electronically, on the website maintained by the Principal Registrar under the Magistrates Court (General) Rules 2005.

134.Partnerships, conduct of cases by

(1)A partnership may conduct its case in its partnership name, if any.

(2)A person may make a claim, and conduct a case, against a partnership in the partnership’s name, if any.

[Rule 134 amended: Gazette 3 Jun 2008 p. 2138.]

135.Who may sign or do other things for partnerships, corporations etc.

(1)In this rule —

party includes a litigation guardian conducting a case on behalf of a party who is a person under a legal disability.

(2)Except as provided in the Act section 44, when under these rules a party is required or enabled to sign a document, or do something else personally and —

(a)the party is a partnership — then a person who was a partner at the time the cause of action arose and who is authorised by each of the other partners to do the thing may do it;

(b)the party is a corporation — then a person who is authorised by the corporation to do the thing may do it;

(c)the party is a public authority — then an officer of the public authority who is authorised by the public authority to do the thing may do it;

(d)an insurer is subrogated to the rights of the party — then a person who is authorised to do the thing on behalf of the insurer may do it.

[Rule 135 amended: Gazette 24 Aug 2007 p. 4332.]

136.Cases remitted from superior court

Where a case is remitted from the Supreme Court or District Court, a registrar must list the case for a status conference and notify the parties in writing.

[Rule 136 amended: SL 2020/67 r. 41.]

137.Payments into Court

When a party makes a payment of money into Court, the Court must give to the party a written receipt for the money.

138.Residential Tenancies Act 1987 s. 18(2)(b), notices under

For the purposes of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 section 18(2)(b) —

(a)if the address of the other party is known to the Court, the notice to be given by the Court under section 18(2)(b)(ii) of that Act must be given by giving the other party a copy of the application; and

(b)if the address of the other party is not known to the Court, the notice to be given by the Court under section 18(2)(b)(ii) of that Act must be given by giving the other party a summary of the relief sought by the applicant.

[Rule 138 inserted: Gazette 20 May 2011 p. 1845-6.]

Part 23  Transitional rules for the Magistrates Court Rules Amendment Rules 2020

[Heading inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 42.]

139.Terms used in this Part

In this Part —

amended Rules means the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Rules 2005 as in force from time to time on and after commencement day;

commencement day means 1 June 2020;

former Rules means the Magistrates Court (Civil Proceedings) Rules 2005 as in force before commencement day;

transitional case means a case that, as of commencement day, has been commenced but not concluded.

[Rule 139 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 42.]

140.Application of amended Rules in relation to transitional cases

(1)Subject to rule 141, on and from commencement day the amended Rules apply in relation to a transitional case.

(2)If the amended Rules apply in relation to a transitional case, then, unless otherwise directed under rule 143 —

(a)everything lodged or served in relation to the case under a provision of the former Rules is taken to have been lodged or served under the corresponding provision of the amended Rules; and

(b)every order made, direction given or other thing done in relation to the case by the Court or by a registrar under a provision of the former Rules is taken to have been made, given or done under the corresponding provision of the amended Rules.

[Rule 140 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 42.]

141.Application of former Rules in relation to certain transitional cases

(1)This rule applies to a transitional case if —

(a)under the former Rules Part 2, a party to the case is required to lodge and serve any of the following documents on a day falling on or after commencement day —

(i)a statement of claim;

(ii)a counterclaim;

(iii)a third party claim;

(iv)a response to a claim;

(v)a statement of defence;

or

(b)a pre‑trial conference, listing conference or trial for which the case was listed before commencement day is held on or after commencement day.

(2)On and from commencement day, the former Rules continue to apply in relation to a transitional case to which this rule applies until —

(a)the Court or a registrar directs otherwise under rule 143; or

(b)the case is concluded.

[Rule 141 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 42.]

142.Listing transitional cases for a status conference

(1)The Court may, of its own motion, list a transitional case for a status conference.

(2)The Court must list a transitional case for a status conference if a party to a transitional case applies to the Court in the approved form to have the case listed.

(3)The court must give the parties to the case 7 days written notice of a status conference for which the case is listed under this rule.

(4)The Court must conduct a status conference for which a case is listed under this rule in open court.

[Rule 142 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 42.]

143.Court or registrar may give directions in relation to transitional issues

At a status conference, pre‑trial conference, listing conference or trial held in relation to a transitional case, the Court or a registrar may make any or all of the following directions —

(a)if the amended Rules do not apply in relation to the case, a direction that they are to apply in relation to the case on and from a specified date;

(b)a direction modifying the application of the amended Rules in relation to the case;

(c)any other direction necessary or convenient in connection with the application of the amended Rules in relation to the case.

[Rule 143 inserted: SL 2020/67 r. 42; amended: SL 2021/25 r. 13.]

 

Schedule 1  Forms prescribed for Restraining Orders Act 1997

[r. 131D]

[Heading inserted: Gazette 20 Jun 2017 p. 2992.]

Table of forms

Forms about family violence restraining orders

Form

 

Provisions of Act

1

Application for family violence restraining order

Section 24A

2

Part A — Family violence restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of order given to the person who is bound by the order

Part C — Information to be on the respondent’s endorsed copy

Part D — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

Part E — Information to be on the proof of service copy

Part F — Details of family order

Sections 29, 32, 43, 49 and 63

3

Conduct agreement order

Part A — Conduct agreement order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of order given to the person who is bound by the order

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

Part D — Information to be on the proof of service copy

Part E — Details of family order

Sections 10H, 43

4

Section 63A family violence restraining order

Part A — Section 63A family violence restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person who is bound by the order

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

Section 63A

Forms about violence restraining orders

Form

 

Provisions of Act

5

Application for violence restraining order

Section 25

6

Part A — Violence restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of order given to the person who is bound by the order

Part C — Information to be on the respondent’s endorsed copy

Part D — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

Part E — Information to be on the proof of service copy

Part F — Details of family order

Sections 29, 32, 43, 49 and 63

7

Part A — Section 63A violence restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person who is bound by the order

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

Section 63A

Forms about misconduct restraining orders

Form

 

Provisions of Act

8

Application for misconduct restraining order 

Section 38

9

Part A — Misconduct restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person who is bound by the order

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

Part D — Information to be on the proof of service copy

Part 4 Divisions 1 and 2, sections 49 and 63

Forms about telephone orders

Form

 

Provisions of Act

10

Part A — Telephone order

Part B — Court copy of telephone order

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person who is bound by the order

Part D — Information to be on the respondent’s endorsed copy

Part E — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

Part F — Information to be on the proof of service copy

Section 23

11

Restraining order record of telephone application

Section 21(4)

Forms about variation and cancellation of orders

Form

 

Provisions of Act

12

Part A — Application to vary or cancel a restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of the application given to the applicant

Section 45

13

Part A — Summons to vary or cancel restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the proof of service copy

Section 47

Other forms

Form

 

Provisions of Act

14

Restraining order made during other proceedings — Record of proceedings

Section 63

15

Part A — Interstate restraining order — Application to register

Part B — Information to be on the copy of the application given to the applicant

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the application given to the Commissioner of Police

Part D — Information to be on the copy of the application given to the interstate court where the interstate order was made

Section 75(2)

16

Part A — Restraining order — Summons

Part B — Information to be on the proof of service copy

Sections 26(3) and 39

17

Application to have final order under section 32(2) of the Act set aside

Section 32(5)

18

Application to have decision under section 42 of the Act set aside

Section 43A

 

[Table of Forms inserted: Gazette 20 Jun 2017 p. 2992‑4.]

 

Form 1 — Application for family violence restraining order

 

Restraining Orders Act 1997 s. 13A, 24A

Family violence restraining order

Application

 

Number:

Jurisdiction:

Location:

 

Applicant

[If not the person seeking to be protected]

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Person seeking to be protected (victim of offence if s. 13A applies)

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Respondent

[Fill in as many

details as you can]
(Offender if s. 13A applies)

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Homestreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Workstreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Grounds for

application

Set out details of the evidence in support of your application.

 

Offence details
(if s. 13A applies)

This is to be completed where the respondent has been convicted of an offence referred to in section 63(4AA)(a) or 63A(1A).

Date of offence:

Offence details:

 

Family orders

[If yes, see the

Details of family

order Annexure]

Are there any current family orders relating to the respondent’s rights in relation to children who may be affected by a restraining order?

r Yes r No r Unknown

Are there any current Family Court proceedings in which such orders are being sought?

r Yes r No r Unknown

 

Firearms

Does the respondent have a firearm or firearms licence?

r Yes r No r Unknown

Does the respondent have access to a firearm at work?

r Yes r No r Unknown

 

Explosives

Does the respondent have explosives or an explosives licence?

r Yes r No r Unknown

Does the respondent have access to explosives at work?

r Yes r No r Unknown

 

Police incident [Reference number to be inserted, if applicable]

 

 

First hearing

Do you want the respondent to be present at the first hearing?

r Yes r No

 

Conference

Do you agree to the listing of a conference?*

*[Applies only if conferences are available at your court.]

r Yes r No

 

Applicant

[Not essential if lodged by means of the ECMS or if applicant is a police officer]

Signature:

Date:

 

Hearing

[To be filled in by the court]

Court:

Date:

Time:

 

 

Approved user to certify applicant’s declaration [If applicable]

I [Insert name of approved user] certify that I have read out to the applicant the information the applicant provided to me that forms the evidence in support of this application, and the applicant has declared that the information is true.

[Form 1 inserted: SL 2020/141 r. 10.]

Form 2 — Family violence restraining order

Part A — Family violence restraining order

 

Restraining Orders Act 1997
s. 29, 32, 43, 49 and 63

Family violence
restraining order

 

Number:

Jurisdiction:

Location:

 

Person who is bound by this order

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Homestreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Workstreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Applicant for the order

[If not the person to be protected]

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

 

Person protected

Family name:

 

Date of birth:

Other names:

 

 

Type of order

The order isr for 72 hours or lessr an interim orderr a final order

 

Terms of this order

 

 

Information about unlawful behaviour and activities

In addition to the terms of this order, the court informs you that the following behaviour and activities are unlawful:

 

THIS IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNISED ORDER

 

Order made

Date order made:

Time order made:

 

Registrar

 

Date:

Form 2 — Family violence restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of order given to the person who is bound by the order

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR PERSON BOUND BY THIS ORDER

 

If the order is for 72 hours or less

A family violence restraining order has been made against you for 72 hours or less on the terms set out on the front of this order. This order came into force when it was served on you, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order. You must comply with this order until the end of the period specified in the order.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a family violence restraining order. If you breach this order you may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both. If you breach the order in the presence of a child with whom you are in a family relationship (e.g. your child, your partner’s child or a child who ordinarily resides with you) the court sentencing you may consider this an aggravating factor.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

 

If the order is an interim order

An interim family violence restraining order has been made against you on the terms set out on the front of this order. This order came into force when it was served on you, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order, and it will remain in force until a final order is made or a court decides not to make a final order. You must comply with this order at all times while it is in force.

You have an opportunity to object to the order before it becomes a final order.

If you want to object to this order being made final you must fill in the “Objection” section on the back of the other copy of this order and return it to the court within 21 days from the date this order was served on you. The court will then list a conference (if you agree to a conference and one is available at your court) or arrange a final order hearing. At the conference a registrar will attempt to achieve an appropriate outcome (including the making of orders) without the parties being together. At the final order hearing the court will consider anything you want to say before deciding whether to make a final family violence restraining order. The court will let you know where and when the final order hearing will be held.

If you do not object to this order being made final you should fill in the “Consent” section on the back of the other copy of this order and return it to the court within 21 days from the date this order was served on you. You will then not need to attend a final order hearing and the order will automatically become a final order which remains in force for the period specified in the order, or —

(a)if no period is specified and you are not a child, for 2 years from the date this interim order was served on you; or

(b)if no period is specified and you are a child, for 6 months from the date this interim order was served on you.

If you were in prison at the time the court received your “Consent” form, the order will stay in force (while you are in prison and on release) for the period specified in the order. If the duration of the order is not specified, the order will stay in force for 2 years from the date on which you are released from prison.

If you do nothing and do not fill in and return the other copy of this order within 21 days the court will assume that you do not object and the interim order will automatically become a final order.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a family violence restraining order. If you breach this order you may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

 

If the order is a final order

A final family violence restraining order has been made against you on the terms set out on the front of this order.

This order came into force when it was served on you, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order, and it will remain in force until it expires or is varied or cancelled by a court. You must comply with this order at all times while it is in force.

If there is a duration specified in the order, the order expires at the end of the specified period.

If there is no duration specified in the order, the order expires —

if it was made at a final order hearing and —

(a)you are not a child, 2 years after this final order comes into force; or

(b)you are a child, 6 months after this final order comes into force;

or

if it was a telephone order which became a final order because you did not object, 3 months, or any shorter period specified in the order, after the telephone order was served on you.

If you were in prison at the time this order was made, the order expires —

in the case of an order made at a final order hearing or an interim order which became the final order, 2 years after the date on which you are released from prison (or longer if specified in the order);

in the case of a telephone order which became the final order because you did not object, 3 months after the date on which you are released from prison (or shorter if specified in the order).

If, in the future, you want the order varied or cancelled you may apply to the court. If you would like more information about doing this you should consult your lawyer or the registrar of the court.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a family violence restraining order. If you breach this order you may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

 

Additional information about conviction for breaching the order

Note 1:If you are convicted of breaching this order, the fact that the person protected by the order aided you in the breach is not a mitigating factor for the purposes of your sentencing (see the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61B(2)).

Note 2:If you are convicted of breaching this order and you have been convicted of at least 2 other offences under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61(1) or (2a) within the period of 2 years before your conviction for breaching this order, you will face a penalty that is or includes imprisonment (or, if you are a child, detention) unless the court decides under section 61A(6) of the Act not to impose such a penalty.

 

Affidavit evidence may be provided on request

If you, or the person protected by this order, request a copy of any affidavit received in evidence in relation to this order the registrar of the court where the application for the order was made is to provide a copy of the affidavit to the person who made the request.

THIS ORDER COMES INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU WERE PRESENT IN COURT WHEN IT WAS MADE

 

Form 2 — Family violence restraining order

Part C — Information to be on the respondent’s endorsed copy of the order

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR THE PERSON WHO IS BOUND BY THIS ORDER

For interim orders only

If you want to object to this order being made final you must fill in the “Objection” section below and return it to the court within 21 days from the date this order was served on you. The court will then list a conference (if you agree to a conference and one is available at your court) or arrange a final order hearing. At the conference a registrar will attempt to achieve an appropriate outcome (including the making of orders) without the parties being together. At the final order hearing the court will consider anything you want to say before deciding whether to make a final family violence restraining order. The court will let you know where and when the final order hearing will be held.

If you do not object to this order being made final you must fill in the “Consent” section below and return this copy of the order to the court within 21 days of the date it was served on you.

If you do nothing and do not fill in and return this copy of the order to the court within 21 days this interim order will automatically become a final order.

 

Objection

Order

Restraining order no.:

Court of issue:

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

Do you agree to the listing of a conference?*r  Yesr  No

*[Applies only if conferences are available at your court.]

Will you be represented by a lawyer at a conference or the final order hearing?

r  Yesr  No

If yes:lawyer’s name:

lawyer’s firm:

How many witnesses (including yourself) do you intend to call? _________________

Does this interim order prevent you from —

going to where you normally live?r  Yesr  No

having contact with your children?r  Yesr  No

going to where you work or otherwise prevent
you from doing your job?r  Yesr  No

being in possession of a firearm which is
essential for your job?r  Yesr  No

being in possession of explosives which are
essential for your job?r  Yesr  No

Signature:

Date:

OR

Consent

Order

Restraining order no.:

Court of issue:

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

I do not object to a final order being made on the same terms as this interim order.

I understand that I will then not need to attend a final order hearing and that this interim order will automatically become a final order which will stay in force for —

(a)the period specified in the order; or

(b)if no period is specified and I am not a child, for 2 years from the date on which this order was served on me; or

(c)if no period is specified and I am a child, for 6 months from the date on which this order was served on me.

If I was in prison at the time this order was served on me, the order will stay in force (while I am in prison and on release) for the period specified in the order. If the duration of the order is not specified, the order will stay in force for 2 years from the date on which I am released from prison.

Signature:

Date:

 

Form 2 — Family violence restraining order

Part D — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR THE PERSON PROTECTED BY THIS ORDER

 

If the order is for 72 hours or less

A family violence restraining order has been made to protect you for 72 hours or less on the terms set out on the front of this order. This order will come into force when it is served on the person who is bound by this order, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order. The person who is bound by this order must comply with this order until the end of the period specified in the order.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a family violence restraining order. If the person bound by this order breaches this order the person may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

If the order is an interim order

An interim family violence restraining order has been made to protect you on the terms set out on the front of this order. This order will come into force when it is served on the person bound by this order, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order, and it will remain in force until a final order is made or a court decides not to make a final order. The person who is bound by this order must comply with this order at all times while it is in force.

The person who is bound by this order has 21 days within which to object to the order before it becomes a final order.

If the person who is bound by this order does object you will need to attend a conference (if the person agrees to a conference and one is available at your court) or a final order hearing. At the conference a registrar will attempt to achieve an appropriate outcome (including the making of orders) without the parties being together. At the final order hearing the court will consider anything you and the person who is bound by this order want to say before deciding whether to make a final restraining order. The court will let you know if a final order hearing is to be held and where and when you need to attend. Even if the person who is bound by this order does object, this interim order will remain in force until the final order hearing.

If the person who is bound by this order does not object this order will automatically become a final order which remains in force for the period specified in the order or —

(a)if no period is specified and the person is not a child, for 2 years from the date on which this order was served on the person; or

(b)if no period is specified and the person is a child, for 6 months from the date on which this order was served on the person.

If the person was in prison at the time this order was served on the person, the order will stay in force (while the person is in prison and on release) for the period specified in the order. If the duration of the order is not specified, the order will stay in force for 2 years from the date on which the person is released from prison.

You will then not need to attend a final order hearing.

 

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a violence restraining order. If the person who is bound by this order breaches this order the person may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

If the order is a final order

A final family violence restraining order has been made to protect you on the terms set out on the front of this order.

This order will come into force when it is served on the person who is bound by this order, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order, and it will remain in force until it expires or is varied or cancelled by a court. The person who is bound by this order must comply with this order at all times while it is in force.

If there is a duration specified in the order, the order expires at the end of the specified period.

If there is no duration specified in the order, the order expires —

if it was made at a final order hearing and —

(a)the person is not a child, 2 years after this final order comes into force; or

(b)the person is a child, 6 months after this final order comes into force;

or

if it was a telephone order which became a final order because the person did not object, 3 months, or any shorter period specified in the order, after the telephone order was served on the person.

If the person was in prison at the time this order was made, the order expires —

in the case of an order made at a final order hearing or an interim order which became the final order, 2 years after the date on which the person is released from prison (or longer if specified in the order);

in the case of a telephone order which became the final order because the person did not object, 3 months after the date on which the person is released from prison (or shorter if specified in the order).

If, in the future, you want the order varied or cancelled you may apply to the court. The person who is bound by this order may also apply to have the order varied or cancelled. If you would like more information about doing this you should consult your lawyer or the registrar of the court.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a family violence restraining order. If the person who is bound by this order breaches this order the person may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

Additional information about breaching the order

Note 1:If the person bound by this order breaches it and you aid the person in that breach, you will not commit an offence however the court might decide to vary or cancel the order (see the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61B(3) and (4)).

Note 2:If the person who is bound by this order is convicted of breaching the order and the person has been convicted of at least 2 other offences under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61(1) or (2a) within the period of 2 years before the conviction for breaching this order, the person will face a penalty that is or includes imprisonment (or, if the person is a child, detention) unless the court decides under section 61A(6) of the Act not to impose such a penalty.

Affidavit evidence may be provided on request

If you, or the person bound by this order, request a copy of any affidavit received in evidence in relation to this order the registrar of the court where the application for the order was made is to provide a copy of the affidavit to the person who made the request.

THIS ORDER COMES INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY IF THE PERSON WHO IS BOUND BY THE ORDER WAS PRESENT IN COURT WHEN IT WAS MADE

Form 2 — Family violence restraining order

Part E — Information to be on the proof of service copy

 


Certificate of service

 

Restraining order no.:

Court of issue:

 

Person serving order

Name of person serving order:

I amrthe registrar of the court

ra police officerRank, number and station: ___________________

ra prison officerPrison: ___________________________________

ra person authorised by the registrarDate of authorisation: _________

 

Service

Method of service:r personalr oralr by postr substituted service

Place where order served:

 

 

Date of service:

Time of service:

 

 

 

Person served

[Person who is bound by the order]

Name:

Date of birth:

Signature: …………………………………...................

(If possible to obtain)

 

 

Certificate

I certify that on the day and at the time and place set out above —

rI personally served this order on the person who is bound by the order

rI orally served this order on the person who is bound by this order

rI posted this order to the person who is bound by this order

rI took the steps directed by the court to effect substituted service of this order on the person who is bound by this order in accordance with the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 60(2)(a).

rI took the steps prescribed by regulations under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 60(2)(b) to effect substituted service of this order on the person who is bound by the order.

In the case of oral service, I also certify that I —

gave the person who is bound by this order the information required by the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 55(5) and that the person appeared to understand what was said; or

arranged for someone else over the age of 18 years to give the information to the person in accordance with the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 55(5A).

Signature:

Date:

 

Form 2 — Family violence restraining order

Part F — Details of family order

 


Restraining Orders Act 1997 s. 66

Details of family order

Annexure to application

 

Number:

Jurisdiction:

Location:

 

Parties to the family order or proceedings

Name:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

Name:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

 

Children

Names:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

 

Current

family order

Date order was made:

Family Court matter no.:

Court by which order was made:

Terms of family order which relate to the respondent’s rights in relation
to children:

[If the person seeking to be protected by the restraining order is a party to the family order, attach a copy of the family order. If not, fill in the details as far as you (or the person seeking to be protected) are aware of them.]

 

 

 

 

 

Current proceedings for family order

Court:

Family Court matter no.:

Terms of family order being sought which relate to the respondent’s rights in relation to children:

 

 

 

 

Are these terms of the order being opposed?r Yesr Nor Unknown

 

Applicant

Signature:

Date:

 

[Form 2 inserted: Gazette 20 Jun 2017 p. 2996‑3004; amended: Gazette 24 Nov 2017 p. 5674; SL 2020/54 r. 10; SL 2020/141 r. 11, 23 and 24.]

Form 3 — Conduct agreement order

Part A — Conduct agreement order

 

Restraining Orders Act 1997
s. 10H and 43

Conduct agreement order

 

Number:

Jurisdiction:

Location:

 

Person who has agreed to be bound by this order

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Homestreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Workstreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Person protected

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

 

Type of order

This a final order.

 

Terms of this order

 

 

Information about unlawful behaviour and activities

In addition to the terms of this order, the court informs you that the following behaviour and activities are unlawful:

 

THIS IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNISED ORDER

 

Order made

Date order made:

Time order made:

 

Registrar

 

Date:

 

Form 3 — Conduct agreement order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of order given to the person who is bound by the order

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR PERSON BOUND BY THIS ORDER

 

Terms of conduct agreement order

Although you do not admit that you have committed family violence, you have agreed to be bound by a conduct agreement order on the terms set out on the front of this order.

This order came into force when it was served on you, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order, and it will remain in force until it expires or is varied or cancelled by a court. You must comply with this order at all times while it is in force.

If there is a duration specified in the order, the order expires at the end of the specified period.

If there is no duration specified in the order, the order expires —

if you are not a child, 2 years after this order comes into force; or

if you are a child, 6 months after this order comes into force.

If you were in prison at the time this order was served on you, the order will stay in force (while you are in prison and on release) for the period specified in the order. If the duration of the order is not specified, the order will stay in force for 2 years from the date on which you are released from prison.

If, in the future, you want the order varied or cancelled you may apply to the court. If you would like more information about doing this you should consult your lawyer or the registrar of the court.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a conduct agreement order. If you breach this order you may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

 

Additional information about conviction for breaching the order

Note 1:If you are convicted of breaching this order, the fact that the person protected by the order aided you in the breach is not a mitigating factor for the purposes of your sentencing (see the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61B(2)).

Note 2:If you are convicted of breaching this order and you have been convicted of at least 2 other offences under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61(1) or (2a) within the period of 2 years before your conviction for breaching this order, you will face a penalty that is or includes imprisonment (or, if you are a child, detention) unless the court decides under section 61A(6) of the Act not to impose such a penalty.

 

Affidavit evidence may be provided on request

If you, or the person protected by this order, request a copy of any affidavit received in evidence in relation to this order the registrar of the court where the application for the order was made is to provide a copy of the affidavit to the person who made the request.

THIS ORDER COMES INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU WERE PRESENT IN COURT WHEN IT WAS MADE

 

Form 3 — Conduct agreement order

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR THE PERSON PROTECTED BY THIS ORDER

 

Terms of conduct agreement order

Although the respondent does not admit to having committed family violence, the respondent has agreed to be bound by a conduct agreement order on the terms set out on the front of this order.

This order will come into force when it is served on the person who is bound by this order, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order, and it will remain in force until it expires or is varied or cancelled by a court. The person who is bound by this order must comply with this order at all times while it is in force.

If there is a duration specified in the order, the order expires at the end of the specified period.

If there is no duration specified in the order, the order expires —

if the person bound by this order is not a child, 2 years after this order comes into force; or

if the person bound by this order is a child, 6 months after this order comes into force.

If the person bound by this order was in prison at the time this order was made, the order will stay in force (while the person is in prison and on release) for the period specified in the order. If the duration of the order is not specified, the order will stay in force for 2 years from the date on which the person is released from prison.

If, in the future, you want the order varied or cancelled you may apply to the court. The person who is bound by this order may also apply to have the order varied or cancelled. If you would like more information about doing this you should consult your lawyer or the registrar of the court.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a conduct agreement order. If the person who is bound by this order breaches this order the person may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

Additional information about breaching the order

Note 1:If the person bound by this order breaches it and you aid the person in that breach, you will not commit an offence however the court might decide to vary or cancel the order (see the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61B(3) and (4)).

Note 2:If the person who is bound by this order is convicted of breaching the order and the person has been convicted of at least 2 other offences under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61(1) or (2a) within the period of 2 years before the conviction for breaching this order, the person will face a penalty that is or includes imprisonment (or, if the person is a child, detention) unless the court decides under section 61A(6) of the Act not to impose such a penalty.

Affidavit evidence may be provided on request

If you, or the person bound by this order, request a copy of any affidavit received in evidence in relation to this order the registrar of the court where the application for the order was made is to provide a copy of the affidavit to the person who made the request.

THIS ORDER COMES INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY IF THE PERSON WHO IS BOUND BY THE ORDER WAS PRESENT IN COURT WHEN IT WAS MADE

Form 3 — Conduct agreement order

Part D — Information to be on the proof of service copy

 


Certificate of service

 

Conduct agreement order no.:

Court of issue:

 

Person

serving

order

Name of person serving order:

I am:

rthe registrar of the court

ra police officerRank, number and station: ___________________

ra prison officerPrison: __________________________________

ra person authorised by the registrar Date of authorisation: _________

 

Service

Method of service:r personalr oralr by postr substituted service

Place where order served:

 

 

Date of service:

Time of service:

 

 

Person served

[Person who is bound by the order]

Name:

Date of birth:

Signature: …………………………………...................

(If possible to obtain)

 

 

Certificate

I certify that on the day and at the time and place set out above —

rI personally served this order on the person who is bound by the order

rI orally served this order on the person who is bound by this order

rI posted this order to the person who is bound by this order

rI took the steps directed by the court to effect substituted service of this order on the person who is bound by this order in accordance with the Restraining Orders Act 1997 Part 6 Division 2.

In the case of oral service, I also certify that I —

gave the person who is bound by this order the information required by the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 55(5) and that the person appeared to understand what was said; or

arranged for someone else over the age of 18 years to give the information to the person in accordance with the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 55(5A).

Signature:

Date:

 

Form 3 — Conduct agreement order

Part E — Details of family order

 


Restraining Orders Act 1997 s. 66

Details of family order

Annexure to application

 

Number:

Jurisdiction:

Location:

 

Parties to the family order or proceedings

Name:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

Name:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

 

Children

Names:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

 

Current family order

Date order was made:

Family Court matter no.:

Court by which order was made:

Terms of family order which relate to the respondent’s rights in relation to children:
[If the person seeking to be protected by the conduct agreement order is a party to the family order, attach a copy of the family order. If not, fill in the details as far as you (or the person seeking to be protected) are aware of them.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current proceedings for family order

Court:

Family Court matter no.:

Terms of family order being sought which relate to the respondent’s rights in relation to children:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are these terms of the order being opposed? r Yesr Nor Unknown

 

Applicant

Signature:

Date:

[Form 3 inserted: Gazette 20 Jun 2017 p. 3005‑9; amended: Gazette 24 Nov 2017 p. 5674; SL 2020/141 r. 12 and 23.]

Form 4 — Section 63A family violence restraining order

Part A — Section 63A family violence restraining order

 

Restraining Orders Act 1997 s. 63A

Section 63A family violence restraining order

 

Number:

Jurisdiction:

Location:

 

Person who is bound by this order

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Homestreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Workstreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Person protected

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

 

Duration of order

 

 

 

Terms of this order

 

 

THIS IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNISED ORDER

 

Order made

Date order made:

Time order made:

 

 

Registrar

 

Date:

 

Form 4 — Section 63A family violence restraining order

Part B — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person who is bound by the order

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR THE PERSON WHO IS BOUND BY THIS ORDER

 

Section 63A family violence restraining order

A family violence restraining order has been made against you under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 63A. The order is in the terms set out on the front of this order. This order came into force when it was served on you, or at a later time, if this is specified on the front of this order. If you were in prison at the time this order was served on you, the order will stay in force (while you are in prison and on release) for the period specified in the order. If the duration of the order is not specified, the order will stay in force for 2 years from the date on which you are released from prison.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a family violence restraining order. If you breach this order you may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both. If you breach the order in the presence of a child with whom you are in a family relationship (e.g. your child, your partner’s child or a child who ordinarily resides with you) the court sentencing you may consider this an aggravating factor.

Note 1:If you are convicted of breaching this order, the fact that the person protected by the order aided you in the breach is not a mitigating factor for the purposes of your sentencing (see the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61B(2)).

Note 2:If you are convicted of breaching this order and you have been convicted of at least 2 other offences under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61(1) or (2a) within the period of 2 years before your conviction for breaching this order, you will face a penalty that is or includes imprisonment (or, if you are a child, detention) unless the court decides under section 61A(6) of the Act not to impose such a penalty.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

THIS ORDER COMES INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY IF THE PERSON WHO IS BOUND BY THE ORDER WAS PRESENT IN COURT WHEN IT WAS MADE

 

Form 4 — Section 63A family violence restraining order

Part C — Information to be on the copy of the order given to the person protected by the order

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FOR THE PERSON WHO IS PROTECTED BY THIS ORDER

 

Section 63A family violence restraining order

A family violence restraining order has been made to protect you under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 63A. The order is in the terms set out on the front of this order. This order came into force when it was served on the person who is bound by the order, or at a later time if this is specified on the front of this order. If the person was in prison at the time this order was served on the person, the order will stay in force (while the person is in prison and on release) for the period specified in the order. If the duration of the order is not specified, the order will stay in force for 2 years from the date on which the person is released from prison.

Penalty: It is an offence to breach a family violence restraining order. If the person who is bound by this order breaches this order the person may be arrested and on conviction will face a penalty of up to $10 000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

Note 1:If the person bound by this order breaches it and you aid the person in that breach, you will not commit an offence however the court might decide to vary or cancel the order (see the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61B(3) and (4)).

Note 2:If the person who is bound by this order is convicted of breaching this order and the person has been convicted of at least 2 other offences under the Restraining Orders Act 1997 section 61(1) or (2a) within the period of 2 years before the conviction for breaching this order, the person will face a penalty that is or includes imprisonment (or, if the person is a child, detention) unless the court decides under section 61A(6) of the Act not to impose such a penalty.

Counselling, support and/or legal services may be of assistance to you.

THIS ORDER COMES INTO FORCE IMMEDIATELY IF THE PERSON WHO IS BOUND BY THE ORDER WAS PRESENT IN COURT WHEN IT WAS MADE

 

[Form 4 inserted: Gazette 20 Jun 2017 p. 3010‑12; amended: Gazette 24 Nov 2017 p. 5675; SL 2020/141 r. 13 and 23.]

Form 5 — Application for violence restraining order

 

Restraining Orders Act 1997 s. 13A, 25

Violence restraining order

Application

 

Number:

Jurisdiction:

Location:

 

Applicant

[If not the person seeking to be protected]

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Person seeking to be protected (victim of offence if s. 13A applies)

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Address:street:

suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Respondent

[Fill in as many

details as you can]
(Offender if s. 13A applies)

Family name:

Date of birth:

Other names:

Homestreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Workstreet:

address:suburb:postcode:

Phone nos.:work:home: mobile:

 

Grounds for

application

Set out details of the evidence in support of your application.

 

Offence details
(if s. 13A applies)

This is to be completed where the respondent has been convicted of an offence referred to in section 63(4AA)(a) or 63A(1A).

Date of offence:

Offence details:

 

Family orders

[If yes, see the

Details of family

order Annexure]

Are there any current family orders relating to the respondent’s rights in relation to children who may be affected by a restraining order?

r Yes r No r Unknown

Are there any current Family Court proceedings in which such orders are being sought?

r Yes r No r Unknown

 

Firearms

Does the respondent have a firearm or firearms licence?

r Yes r No r Unknown

Does the respondent have access to a firearm at work?

r Yes r No r Unknown

 

Explosives

Does the respondent have explosives or an explosives licence?

r Yes r No r Unknown

Does the respondent have access to explosives at work?

r Yes r No r Unknown

 

Police incident [Reference number to be inserted, if applicable]

 

 

First hearing

Do you want the respondent to be present at the first hearing?

r Yes r No

 

Applicant

[Not essential if lodged by means of the ECMS or if applicant is a police officer]

Signature:

Date: