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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 include the District Court Rules 2009 reform. The District Court Rules sub-committee of the Rules Committee is seeking feedback from interested parties on the proposed draft District Court Rules 2013. The deadline for submissions on the draft District Court Rules is 30 January 2014.

Please refer to the following consulation paper and draft rules:

- consulation paper on the draft District Court Rules; and

- draft District Court Rules.


The Committee is also reviewing the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013. To this end, the Committee has formed a Criminal Rules Subcommittee to monitor the Criminal Procedure Rules 2012. A copy of the subcommittee minutes from the meeting held on 8 October 2013 can be accessed here.


Recently the Committee has worked on reforms to the case management, default judgment and formal proof regimes of the High Court Rules.  The High Court Amendment Rules (No 2) 2012, which incorporate these reforms among other changes, have been made and will commence 4 February 2013.  Please check where these rules will be uploaded.  Seminars on the new case management processes will be held in February 2013.  Parties interested in attending are advised to contact the Education branch of the New Zealand Law Society for details.


We welcome feedback on any of these issues.  Please direct comment to the Clerk at 

Past projects

Past projects include the review of the Discovery rules, consultation on Written briefs as well as the duties on parties to comply with the High Court Rules and lawyers to assist.  A draft Class Actions Bill and Rules were handed over to the Secretary for Justice in July 2009, with the Committee releasing the following note on class actions: 

Rules Committee note on class actions

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