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Current Projects

The Rules Committee continuously reviews the rules in light of national and overseas developments. It monitors Australian and United Kingdom reports and reforms to identify areas where New Zealand could adopt or adapt ideas.

The review process is a perpetual one. The following information is intended to provide an update of the current projects occupying the Rules Committee, although the list is not exhaustive. The Committee welcomes comments and inquiries from the profession and the public about existing projects or other concerns relating to procedural rules which it is thought should be brought to the Committee’s attention.


Current projects 

Review of civil practice notes

The Committee is currently undertaking a review of the civil practice notes that remain in effect. As part of the review, the Committee is assessing whether those practice notes reviewed remain relevant and, if so, whether they should be incorporated into the High Court Rules 2016.

Representative actions

The Committee is currently looking at whether the procedure for bringing a representative action could be made clearer with amendments to the High Court Rules 2016.

Time allocations for trial preparation

The Committee is looking at amending the time allocations for trial preparation in Schedule 3 of the High Court Rules 2016, by shifting from an allocation based on complexity to one based more on the length of the hearing.




Feedback and Suggestions

The Committee welcomes feedback on any of these or other issues relating to rules relating to the practice and procedure of the Courts. Please direct any comments to the Clerk