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SLI 2009 No. 316 Rules/Court & Tribunal Rules as made
These Rules amend the Federal Magistrates Court Rules 2001.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 20 Nov 2009
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR23-Nov-2009
Tabled Senate23-Nov-2009
Date of repeal 09 Apr 2013
Repealed by Attorney-General's (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2013

Federal Magistrates Court Amendment Rules 2009 (No. 3)1

Select Legislative Instrument 2009 No. 316

We, Federal Magistrates, make the following Rules of Court under the Federal Magistrates Act 1999.

Dated 16 November 2009

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Federal Magistrates

Richard Foster CEO
Chief Executive Officer


Contents

                        1     Name of Rules                                                                 4

                        2     Commencement                                                              4

                        3     Amendment of Federal Magistrates Court Rules 2001         4

Schedule 1             Amendments commencing on 30 November 2009         5

Schedule 2             Amendments commencing immediately after Schedule 1           6

 

 


1              Name of Rules

                These Rules are the Federal Magistrates Court Amendment Rules 2009 (No. 3).

2              Commencement

                These Rules commence as follows:

                 (a)     on 30 November 2009 — rules 1 to 3 and Schedule 1;

                (b)     immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 — Schedule 2.

3              Amendment of Federal Magistrates Court Rules 2001

                Schedules 1 and 2 amend the Federal Magistrates Court Rules 2001.


Schedule 1        Amendments commencing on 30 November 2009

(rule 3)

 

[1]           Rules 15.21 and 15.22

omit

[2]           Renumbering and relocation

renumber and relocate after Part 15 the following provisions

current reference

new reference

Division 15.3, heading

Part 15A, heading

rule 15.13A

rule 15A.01

rule 15.13

rule 15A.02

rule 15.14

rule 15A.04

rule 15.15

rule 15A.05

rule 15.16

rule 15A.06

rule 15.17

rule 15A.07

rule 15.17A

rule 15A.08

rule 15.18

rule 15A.09

rule 15.19

rule 15A.10

rule 15.20

rule 15A.11

rule 15.23

rule 15A.16

rule 15.24

rule 15A.17

Schedule 2        Amendments commencing immediately after Schedule 1

(rule 3)

 

[1]           Subrule 2.07 (1)

omit

must

insert

may

[2]           After Part 15A, heading

insert

Division 15A.1      General

[3]           Rule 15A.01, heading

substitute

15A.01   Definitions for Part 15A

[4]           Rule 15A.01

omit

Division:

insert

Part:

[5]           Rule 15A.01, before definition of issuing party

insert

child welfare record means a record relating to child welfare held by a State or Territory agency mentioned in Schedule 9 to the Family Law Regulations 1984.

criminal record, for a person, means a record of offences for which the person has been found guilty.

interested person, for a subpoena, means a person who might reasonably have an interest in the subject matter of the subpoena.

[6]           Rule 15A.01, after definition of issuing party

insert

medical record, for a person, means the histories, reports, diagnoses, prognoses, interpretations and other data or records, written or electronic, relating to the person’s medical condition, that are maintained by a physician, hospital or other provider of services or facilities for medical treatment.

[7]           Rule 15A.01, after definition of person subpoenaed

insert

police record, for a person, means records relating to the person kept by police, including statements, police notes and records of interview.

[8]           Subrule 15A.02 (4)

omit

thing.

insert

thing and the time and place for production.

[9]           After rule 15A.02

insert

15A.03   Documents and things in possession of another court

         (1)   The court must not issue a subpoena requiring the production of a document or thing in the possession of the Court or another court.

         (2)   A party who seeks production of a document or thing in the possession of another court must give to a Registrar a written notice setting out:

                (a)    the name and address of the court having possession of the document; and

               (b)    a description of the document to be produced; and

                (c)    the date when the document is to be produced; and

               (d)    the reason for seeking production.

         (3)   On receiving a notice under subrule (2), a Registrar may ask the other court, in writing, to send the document to the filing registry by a specified date.

         (4)   A party may apply for permission to inspect and copy a document produced to the court.

[10]         Subrule 15A.04 (3), including the note

substitute

         (3)   Unless the Court directs otherwise:

                (a)    a subpoena requiring attendance must be served at least 7 days before attendance under the subpoena is required; and

               (b)    a subpoena requiring production must be served at least 10 days before production under the subpoena is required.

Note   A subpoena must be served within 3 months of issue: see rule 6.18.

[11]         Subrule 15A.05 (1)

after

party

insert

or independent children’s lawyer

[12]         Subrule 15A.06 (2)

substitute

         (2)   The issuing party must serve by ordinary service a copy of the subpoena on each other party, any interested person and any independent children’s lawyer in the proceeding within a reasonable time before attendance or production under the subpoena is required.

[13]         Rule 15A.10

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rule 15.20

insert

rule 15A.11

[14]         After rule 15A.11

insert

Division 15A.2      Production of documents and access by parties

15A.12   Application of Division 15A.2

         (1)   This Division:

                (a)    applies to a subpoena for production; and

               (b)    does not apply to a subpoena for production and to give evidence.

         (2)   A person who inspects or copies a document under these Rules or an order must:

                (a)    use the documents only for the purpose of the proceedings; and

               (b)    not disclose the contents of the document or give a copy of it to any other person without the Court’s permission.

         (3)   However:

                (a)    a solicitor may disclose the contents or give a copy of the document to the solicitor’s client or counsel; and

               (b)    a client may disclose the contents or give a copy of the document to his or her solicitor.

15A.13   Right to inspection of document

         (1)   This rule applies if:

                (a)    the Court or a Registrar issues a subpoena for production of a document under rule 15A.02; and

               (b)    the issuing party serves a copy of the subpoena on each other party, any interested person and any independent children’s lawyer in accordance with rule 15A.06, at least 10 days before the day stated in the subpoena for production; and

                (c)    the issuing party files a notice of request to inspect in an approved form.

         (2)   If a person subpoenaed, another party or an interested person has not made an objection under rule 15A.14 by the date required for production, each party and any independent children’s lawyer may, after that day:

                (a)    inspect a subpoenaed document; and

               (b)    take copies of a subpoenaed document, other than a child welfare record, criminal record, medical record or police record.

         (3)   Unless otherwise ordered, the inspection is by appointment and without an order.

Note   For child welfare records, there may be restrictions on inspection imposed by protocols entered into between the Court and the relevant child welfare department.

15A.14   Objection to production or inspection or copying of document

         (1)   A person who objects to producing a document subpoenaed, or another party or an interested person who objects to the inspection or copying of a document subpoenaed by a party to the proceedings, must notify the Registrar and the issuing party, in writing, of the objection and the grounds of the objection before the day stated in the subpoena for production.

         (2)   If an issuing party seeks the production of a person’s medical records, the person may, before the day stated in the subpoena for production, notify the Registrar in writing that he or she wants to inspect the records for the purpose of determining whether to object to the inspection or copying of the document by any other party.

         (3)   If notice is given under subrule (2):

                (a)    the person may inspect the medical records and notify the Registrar in writing of an objection (including the grounds of the objection) within 7 days after the day stated in the subpoena for production; and

               (b)    unless otherwise ordered, no other person may inspect the medical records until the later of:

                          (i)    7 days after the day stated in the subpoena for production; or

                         (ii)    the hearing and determination of the objection, if any.

         (4)   A subpoena that is the subject of a notice of objection under this rule must be referred to the Court or Registrar for the hearing and determination of the objection.

15A.15   Subpoena for production of documents or things

                If a person is served with a subpoena for production:

                (a)    the person, or the person’s agent, must produce the documents or things described in the subpoena at the registry stated in the subpoena; and

               (b)    the Registrar must issue a receipt to the person producing the document or thing.

[15]         After rule 15A.16

insert

Division 15A.3      Notices to produce

 


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