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High Court Amendment (Fees and Other Matters) Rules 2022

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  • - F2022L00322
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This instrument amends the High Court Rules 2004 to specify the amount which solicitors may charge and be allowed on taxation of costs in respect of proceedings in the High Court. It also repeals Part 43 of the Rules which dealt with applications under the Nauru (High Court Appeals) Act which was repealed on 18 February 2022.
Administered by: Attorney-General's; Finance
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation Act 2003 s 8(8)(d)
Registered 16 Mar 2022
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled Senate28-Mar-2022
Tabled HR29-Mar-2022
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

High Court Amendment (Fees and Other Matters) Rules 2022

We, Justices of the High Court of Australia, make the following Rules of Court.

 

Dated 7 March 2022

 

S. M. Kiefel

 

S. J. Gageler

 

P. A. Keane

 

M. M. Gordon

 

J. J. Edelman

 

S.H.P. Steward

 

J.S. Gleeson

 

Justices of the High Court of Australia

P. A. Lynch
Chief Executive and

Principal Registrar

 

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                                          2

Part 1—Amendments relating to fees                                                                                             2

High Court Rules 2004                                                                                                                         2

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                                                  5

High Court Rules 2004                                                                                                                         5

 


1  Name

                   These Rules are the High Court Amendment (Fees and Other Matters) Rules 2022.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of these Rules specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of these Rules

1 May 2022.

1 May 2022

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of these Rules as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of these Rules.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of these Rules. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of these Rules.

3  Authority

                   These Rules are made under the following:

                     (a)  the Judiciary Act 1903;

                     (b)  the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918;

                     (c)  the High Court of Australia Act 1979.

4  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to these Rules is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to these Rules has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

Part 1Amendments relating to fees

High Court Rules 2004

1  Schedule 2

Repeal the Schedule, substitute:

Schedule 2Fees for work done and services performed

  

Note:       See rule 52.02.

1  Application of this Schedule

                   This Schedule, as substituted by the High Court Amendment (Fees and Other Matters) Rules 2022, applies to work done or services performed on or after 1 May 2022.

2  Fees for work done and services performed

                   The following table sets out the fees allowable for work done and services performed.

 

Fees for work done and services performed

Item

Matter for which fee may be charged

Fee

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1

Instructions to commence or oppose a proceeding

$575.90

2

Instructions to make or oppose any interlocutory application

$287.90

3

Instructions to prepare any pleading

$287.90

4

Instructions to brief counsel

$287.90

5

Instructions to do any other thing not otherwise provided for

$287.90

 

PREPARING DOCUMENTS

 

6

Preparing any document, other than court books and correspondence:

 

 

(a) by a solicitor, if 5 minutes or less; or

$46.00

 

(b) by a solicitor, if more than 5 minutes; or

$144.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

(c) by a law clerk, if 5 minutes or less; or

$23.10

 

(d) by a law clerk, if more than 5 minutes

$72.10 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

PREPARING COURT BOOKS

 

7

Preparing court books, including application books, appeal books, case stated books, special case books and questions reserved books

$144.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

PREPARING CORRESPONDENCE

 

8

Preparing:

 

 

(a) simple correspondence; or

$57.60 per page of text

 

(b) other correspondence

$144.00 per page of text

 

READING DOCUMENTS

 

9

Reading:

 

 

(a) simple correspondence; or

$11.60 per page of text

 

(b) other correspondence

$144.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

10

Reading documents, other than correspondence:

 

 

(a) up to 10 pages of text; or

$11.60 per page of text

 

(b) otherwise

$144.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

EXAMINING DOCUMENTS

 

11

Examining a document to ensure that it is correct or complete (for example, a proof print of a court book):

 

 

(a) up to 10 pages of text; or

$5.70 per page of text

 

(b) otherwise

$72.10 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

COPYING DOCUMENTS

 

12

Copying documents:

 

 

(a) black and white photocopies; or

58 cents per page

 

(b) colour photocopies

$1.90 per page

 

ATTENDANCES

 

13

Attendances, including telephone attendances, research, conferences with clients and conferences with counsel:

 

 

(a) by a solicitor, if 5 minutes or less; or

$46.00

 

(b) by a solicitor, if more than 5 minutes; or

$144.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

(c) by a law clerk, if 5 minutes or less; or

$23.10

 

(d) by a law clerk, if more than 5 minutes

$72.10 per quarter hour or part thereof

14

Attendances in Court, including travelling time to and from Court:

 

 

(a) by a solicitor; or

$144.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

(b) by a law clerk

$72.10 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

Note:       The Taxing Officer has the discretion to allow for the attendance of more than one solicitor or law clerk in Court if the circumstances warrant it.

 

15

Any other attendance not otherwise provided for

$72.10 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

GENERAL CARE AND CONDUCT

 

16

In complex or novel matters the Taxing Officer may allow an additional amount for the general care and conduct of the matter, not exceeding 5% of the total of the fees and disbursements otherwise allowed

 

 

WITNESSES’ EXPENSES

 

17

For each witness, including that witness’ travelling time

$287.90 per hour or part thereof

18

If a witness is an expert, the Taxing Officer may allow an amount equal to the expert’s actual fees for preparing to give evidence and for attending to give evidence

 

 

DISBURSEMENTS

 

19

All disbursements reasonably incurred and paid are to be allowed

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

20

In unusual cases, or in instances that are not otherwise covered by the preceding items, the Taxing Officer may allow such additional charges or disbursements as are reasonable in the circumstances

 

 

Part 2Other amendments

High Court Rules 2004

2  Part 43

Repeal the Part.