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.
District Court Rules Reform
Following two rounds of consultation with the profession and interested parties, new District Court Rules have been finalised. The Rules have come into force on 1 July 2014.
Rules for the Case Management of Judicial Review Proceedings
The Committee is currently considering rules for the case management of judicial review proceedings. Case management of judicial review proceedings frequently requires directions to be made as to who should defend the proceedings and so case management is often required prior to the filing of a statement of defence. The existing case management rules are intended to apply where a statement of defence has been filed and so the Committee is considering whether new rules providing for the case management of judicial review proceedings are required.
Access to Court Documents
The Committee is currently evaluating how the access to court documents rules are functioning and investigating how the rules could be made simpler.
Criminal Procedure Rules
The Committee is also reviewing the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013. To this end, the Committee has formed a Criminal Rules Sub-Committee to monitor the Criminal Procedure Rules 2012. The membership and minutes of the Criminal Rules Sub-Committee can be found here.
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.