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High Court Amendment (Forms and Other Matters) Rules 2022

Authoritative Version
  • - F2022L01483
  • In force - Latest Version
Rules/Court & Tribunal Rules as made
This instrument amends the High Court Rules 2004.
Administered by: Attorney-General's; Finance
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation Act 2003 s 8(8)(d)
Registered 21 Nov 2022
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR22-Nov-2022
Tabled Senate23-Nov-2022
To be repealed 10 Mar 2023
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

High Court Amendment (Forms and Other Matters) Rules 2022

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

 

Dated 18 November 2022

 

S. M. Kiefel

 

S. J. Gageler

 

M. M. Gordon

 

J. J. Edelman

 

S.H.P. Steward

 

J.S. Gleeson

 

J. M. Jagot

 

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 relating to forms                                                                                   2

High Court Rules 2004                                                                                                                         2

Schedule 2—Amendments relating to fees                                                                                        3

High Court Rules 2004                                                                                                                         3

 


1  Name

                   These Rules are the High Court Amendment (Forms 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 January 2023.

1 January 2023

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 relating to forms

  

High Court Rules 2004

1  Rule 1.06

Insert:

approved form means a form approved under rule 1.09.2 for the purposes of these Rules.

2  Rule 1.09

Repeal the rule, substitute:

1.09  Forms

1.09.1         In these Rules, a reference to a form by number is a reference to the form so numbered approved under rule 1.09.2.

1.09.2         The Justices of the Court, or a majority of them, may approve a form for the purposes of these Rules.

Note:          Approved forms are published on the Court’s website (http://www.hcourt.gov.au). The approved forms may be set out in a Practice Direction.

1.09.3         An approved form may be used with any variations that are necessary or as the Registrar directs.

3  Schedule 1

Repeal the Schedule.

Schedule 2Amendments 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 (Forms and Other Matters) Rules 2022, applies to work done or services performed on or after 1 January 2023.

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

$598.95

2

Instructions to make or oppose any interlocutory application

$299.40

3

Instructions to prepare any pleading

$299.40

4

Instructions to brief counsel

$299.40

5

Instructions to do any other thing not otherwise provided for

$299.40

 

PREPARING DOCUMENTS

 

6

Preparing any document, other than court books and correspondence:

 

 

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

$47.80

 

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

$149.80 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

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

$24.00

 

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

$75.00 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

$149.80 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

PREPARING CORRESPONDENCE

 

8

Preparing:

 

 

(a) simple correspondence; or

$59.90 per page of text

 

(b) other correspondence

$149.80 per page of text

 

READING DOCUMENTS

 

9

Reading:

 

 

(a) simple correspondence; or

$12.10 per page of text

 

(b) other correspondence

$149.80 per quarter hour or part thereof

10

Reading documents, other than correspondence:

 

 

(a) up to 10 pages of text; or

$12.10 per page of text

 

(b) otherwise

$149.80 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

$5.90 per page of text

 

(b) otherwise

$75.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

COPYING DOCUMENTS

 

12

Copying documents:

 

 

(a) black and white photocopies; or

60 cents per page

 

(b) colour photocopies

$2.00 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

$47.80

 

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

$149.80 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

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

$24.00

 

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

$75.00 per quarter hour or part thereof

14

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

 

 

(a) by a solicitor; or

$149.80 per quarter hour or part thereof

 

(b) by a law clerk

$75.00 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

$75.00 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

$299.40 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