Supreme Court Act 1935

Supreme Court (General) Rules 2005


Supreme Court (General) Rules 2005


Part 1 — Preliminary




4.Application of these rules1

Part 2 — Recording proceedings


6.Transcripts may be in electronic form2

7.Which proceedings are to be recorded and transcribed2

8.Recorders and transcribers, duties of2

9.Accuracy, requesting a check of3

10.Certificate of accuracy4

11.Custody of recordings and transcripts4


Compilation table5


Supreme Court Act 1935

Supreme Court (General) Rules 2005

Part 1  Preliminary


These rules are the Supreme Court (General) Rules 2005.


These rules come into operation on 2 May 2005 or the day on which they are published in the Gazette, whichever is the later.


(1)In these rules, unless the contrary intention appears —

proceedings means any proceedings in the civil or criminal jurisdiction of the Supreme Court;

RSC means the Rules of the Supreme Court 1971.

(2)A term defined in the RSC has the same meaning in these rules as it has in the RSC, unless the contrary intention appears.

4.Application of these rules

These rules apply to and in relation to all proceedings that are —

(a)pending when these rules commence; or

(b)commenced on or after these rules commence.

Part 2  Recording proceedings


In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears —

record means any thing or process —

(a)upon or by which information is recorded or stored; or

(b)by means of which a meaning can be conveyed by any means in a visible or recoverable form,

whether or not the use or assistance of some electronic, electrical, mechanical, chemical or other device or process is required to recover or convey the information or meaning.

6.Transcripts may be in electronic form

This Part does not prevent a transcript of proceedings being in an electronic form.

7.Which proceedings are to be recorded and transcribed

(1)A registrar may direct that the whole or a part of any proceedings or class of proceedings be recorded.

(2)A registrar may direct how proceedings are to be recorded.

(3)A registrar may direct that the whole or a part of any record or class of record be transcribed into written English.

8.Recorders and transcribers, duties of

(1)In this rule a reference to recording proceedings or to transcribing records of proceedings includes a reference to copying a record or transcript of proceedings.

(2)A person who records proceedings or who transcribes records of proceedings or who checks the accuracy of transcripts of proceedings is, while doing so, an officer of the court and must obey any directions of a judge or a registrar in respect of those activities.

(3)A person who records proceedings must —

(a)before the proceedings commence, check that the recording equipment is working properly;

(b)during the proceedings, monitor the recording equipment and ensure that an accurate record is made; and

(c)identify the record.

(4)A person who transcribes a record of proceedings must —

(a)enter in a register the identification of the record;

(b)accurately transcribe the record into written English; and

(c)include on each page of the transcript information to identify the proceedings and the speakers and any other matter directed by a registrar.

(5)A person who checks a transcript, or who copies a record or transcript, of proceedings must —

(a)ensure that the transcript is an accurate transcription of the record, or that the copy is an accurate copy, as the case requires; and

(b)having done so, certify that it is accurate.

(6)A person who records, copies, transcribes or checks the accuracy of transcripts of proceedings must at all times ensure the safe custody of the record of the proceedings.

9.Accuracy, requesting a check of

(1)Whether or not a transcript or a copy has been certified under this Part to be accurate, a person may apply to a registrar to have the accuracy of a specific part of the transcript checked.

(2)On such an application a registrar must cause the transcript to be checked for accuracy, corrected if necessary and certified to be accurate.

10.Certificate of accuracy

A transcript or a copy that has been certified under this Part to be accurate is to be taken to be an accurate account of the proceedings and to accurately identify what was said by whom in the proceedings.

11.Custody of recordings and transcripts

A registrar must ensure that the recording and any transcript of the recording of proceedings —

(a)are sufficiently registered and marked for identification;

(b)are kept in safe custody; and

(c)unless the court orders to the contrary, are not destroyed until at least 2 years after the conclusion of the proceedings, or the last date for commencing any appeal in relation to the proceedings, whichever is the later.



1This is a compilation of the Supreme Court (General) Rules 2005. The following table contains information about those rules.

Compilation table




Supreme Court (General) Rules 2005

29 Apr 2005 p. 1877-84

2 May 2005 (see r. 2)



Defined terms


[This is a list of terms defined and the provisions where they are defined. The list is not part of the law.]

Defined termProvision(s)