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Senior Courts Act 2016

The Senior Courts Act 2016 is now in effect. It consolidates into a single statute the provisions of the Judicature Act 1908 and the Supreme Court Act 2003. The practice and procedure of the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court are now provided for under this Act.

Senior Courts (Access to Court Documents) Rules 2017

The Senior Courts (Access to Court Documents) Rules 2017 are now in effect. The Rules apply to documents held by the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, whether those documents are held as part of the courts' criminal jurisdiction or their civil jurisdiction.

Commercial Panel

The Commercial Panel of the High Court is now in operation. Rules 29.1 to 29.6 of the High Court Rules 2016 now govern the process by which panel Judges are assigned to cases. Those rules can be found here.

Agenda for 2 October 2017 meeting

As noted in the update on 16 May 2014, the Rules Committee is now uploading the agenda in advance of the meeting. Feedback or comments on the agenda item are welcomed.

The agenda for the 2 October 2017 meeting can be found here.

The minutes from previous meetings can be found under the "Committee Minutes" tab.

Rules Committee Report Feb 2015

Justice Winkelmann, Chief High Court Judge and Justice Asher, Chair of the Rules Committee have written a summary of the Ministry of Justice report on the effectiveness of the 2011 and 2012 discovery and case management reforms. February 2015.  View their report

Criminal Rules Sub-Committee Report as at March 2015

View S France J's Report

Updated website (16 May 2014)

The Rules Committee website is being updated to include more information and documents that may be of interest to the legal profession and members of the public.

Part of this update includes establishing a separate tab in the navigation bar for the Criminal Rules Sub-Committee. This separate tab sets out information about the Sub-Committee, including its membership, and the Sub-Committee's minutes are now located there rather than in the general minutes section of the Rules Committee.

The Rules Committee will also upload the agenda for each meeting prior to the meeting and welcomes any comments or feedback in relation to any of the agenda items.