The Principal Registrar of the High Court has issued a Notice in relation to one of the new statutory instruments amending the Rules of the Superior Courts (see our previous blog from July 2016 – New High Court Rules Strive for Efficiency and Expediency).
SI255 of 2016 which came into effect on 1 October 2016 introduces pre-trial procedures in Chancery, non-jury actions and other designated proceedings.
The Notice issued by the Principal Registrar states that the President of the High Court does not intend to appoint either a list judge or registrar as referred to in the rules until the appropriate necessary resources are available.
The Notice goes on to say that the rules shall have no practical effect until such appointments are made and practitioners will be provided with at least two months advance notice of the appointments.
SI 255 of 2016 also includes amended rules which do not require the involvement of a list judge or a registrar, including provisions allowing a Judge to make directions and orders relating to the conduct of proceedings.
It would appear that those rules contained in SI 255 of 2016 can be given practical effect. As the new term progresses, the extent to which these new rules are utilised to increase efficiency in proceedings will be observed with interest.
The related statutory instrument SI254 of 2016 referred to in our previous blog came into operation on 1 October 2016.
Please click here for a link to the Notice.
We will provide further updates as effect and implementation develops.