Rule 1.2 of the High Court Rules states "These rules shall be so construed as to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of any proceeding or interlocutory application". Rule 1.3.1 of the District Courts Rules is identical.
Rules Committee Final Responsibility
Although Government departments, the Law Commission, and other agencies may suggest rule changes, the committee will independently review the proposed rules and has final responsibility. The committee welcomes participation by agency representatives, including their attendance at committee meetings.
Avoiding Procedural Rules in Statutes
Detailed procedures should be in separately promulgated rules and not in statutes.
Including detailed procedure in a statute leads to:
Avoiding Fragmentation into Discrete Rule Systems
Wherever possible procedural rules, directions and guidelines should be absorbed into the principal rules. Discrete sets of rules governing particular forms of proceeding should be avoided. Examples where it has been necessary to actively apply this policy against contrary views have included insolvency, admiralty, the Commercial List, probate and administration, companies winding up, patents, election petitions and habeas corpus.
The policy is based on the need for consistency and accessibility.
Rules are required to be clear, concise, simple and consistent, and should avoid duplication.