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This legislation has been repealed.

MAGISTRATES' COURT CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES 1999

S.R. No. 58/1999
Version incorporating amendments as at 27 April 2009

TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Rule Page
           ORDER 1.
           PRELIMINARY

   PART 1-GENERAL

   1.01.   Object
   1.02.   Authorising provisions
   1.03.   Commencement
   1.04.   Revocation

   PART 2-APPLICATION OF RULES

   1.05.   Definitions
   1.06.   Application
   1.07.   Proceedings in another court
   1.08.   Order in pending proceeding
   1.09.   Costs

   PART 3-INTERPRETATION

   1.10.   Definitions

   PART 4-MISCELLANEOUS

   1.11.   Proceedings other than in open court
   1.12.   Procedure wanting or in doubt
   1.13.   Act by corporation
   1.14.   Corporation a party
   1.15.   Power to act by solicitor
   1.16.   Filing of documents
   1.17.   Seal of Court
   1.18.   Use of electronic messages for lodging Court documents

   PART 5-OVERRIDING OBJECTIVE AND CASE MANAGEMENT

   1.19.   Overriding objective
   1.20.   Duty of parties
   1.21.   Exercise of power
   1.22.   Case management
           ORDER 2.
           NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES
   2.01.   Effect of non-compliance
   2.02.   Originating process
   2.03.   Application to set aside for irregularity
   2.04.   Dispensing with compliance
           ORDER 3.
           TIME, SITTINGS, COURT OFFICE AND DOCUMENTS
   3.01.   Calculating time
   3.02.   Extension and abridgement
   3.03.   Fixing time
   3.04.   Time for service
   3.04.   1. Process in vacation
   3.05.   Content and form of documents
   3.06.   Registrar refusing to accept documents
   3.07.   Scandalous matter
           ORDER 4.
           PROCESS IN THE COURT
   4.01.   Claim not to be divided
   4.02.   Names, addresses and representation of parties
   4.02.   1. Statement of claim
   4.02.   2. Motor vehicle collision
   4.02.   3. Form of complaint
   4.02.   4. Requirements for filing a complaint by an electronic
           message
   4.02.   5. Complaints by electronic message to comply with Rules
   4.02.   6. Copy of complaint commenced by electronic message to
           be provided upon request
   4.03.   Costs to be specified
   4.04.   Filing of process
   4.05.   Duration
   4.06.   Interlocutory application
   4.07.   Names of parties
   4.08.   Urgent cases
   4.09.   Discontinuance and withdrawal
   4.10.   Costs on discontinuance or withdrawal
   4.11.   Stay on new proceeding
           ORDER 5.
           SERVICE
   5.01.   When personal service necessary
   5.02.   Complaint to be served personally
   5.03.   How personal service effected
   5.04.   Service on particular defendants
   5.05.   Service on persons jointly sued
   5.06.   Claims for personal injury
   5.07.   How ordinary service effected
   5.08.   Acceptance of service by solicitor
   5.09.   Substituted service
   5.10.   Service of document by the Court
   5.11.   Affidavit of service
           ORDER 5A.
           SERVICE OUT OF AUSTRALIA
   5A.01.  For what claims
   5A.02.  Form of complaint and indorsement
   5A.03.  Mode of service out of Australia
   5A.04.  Leave to apply for an order
   5A.05.  Stay, setting aside service, etc.
   5A.06.  Service of counterclaim or third party notice
   5A.07.  Application for order under Rule 5A.05 or 5A.06.
           ORDER 6.
           CLAIMS AND PARTIES

   PART 1-JOINDER AND SEVERANCE

   6.01.   Joinder of claims
   6.02.   Joinder of parties permitted
   6.03.   Plaintiff suing for numerous persons
   6.04.   Business or firm name
   6.04.   1. Plaintiff suing owner or charterer of ship
   6.05.   Additions, removal, substitutions of party

   PART 2-CONSOLIDATION

   6.06.   Consolidation of proceedings
   6.07.   Where several complaints against one defendant
           ORDER 7.
           COUNTERCLAIM
   7.01.   When counterclaim allowed
   7.02.   Form of counterclaim
   7.03.   Trial of counterclaim
   7.04.   Counterclaim on stay etc. of original proceeding
           ORDER 8.
           THIRD PARTY PROCEDURE
   8.01.   Claims by third party notice
   8.02.   Filing and service of third party notice
   8.03.   Plaintiff may join third party
   8.04.   Separate disposal or stay of third party proceeding
   8.05.   Directions
   8.06.   Trial
   8.07.   Subsequent parties
   8.08.   Counterclaim
   8.09.   Contribution proceedings
   8.10.   Proceedings to enforce order for contribution or indemnity
           ORDER 9.
           DEFENCE, REPLY AND PARTICULARS
   9.01.   Notice of defence after service
   9.02.   Content of defence
   9.02.   1. Reply
   9.02.   2. Alternative allegations
   9.03.   Particulars from plaintiff
   9.04.   Particulars from defendant
   9.05.   Time for giving notice
   9.06.   Particulars to be filed
   9.07.   Counterclaim and third party claim
   9.08.   Failure to give particulars
   9.09.   Request for referral of a medical question to a Medical Panel-Form 9B.
           ORDER 9A.
           SUMMARY STAY OR DISMISSAL OF CLAIM AND STRIKING OUT STATEMENT OF CLAIM OR DEFENCE
   9A.01.  Stay or order in proceeding
   9A.02.  Striking out pleading
           ORDER 10.
           ORDER IN DEFAULT OF DEFENCE OR COMPLIANCE

   PART 1-ORDER IN DEFAULT OF DEFENCE

   10.01.  Plaintiff may apply for order
   10.02.  Affidavit required
   10.02.  1. Application by electronic message
   10.03.  Registrar may make order or refer to Court

   PART 2-ORDER IN DEFAULT OF COMPLIANCE

   10.04.  Defendant may apply for costs order
   10.05.  Applications under Rule 10.04.
   10.06.  Registrar may make order or refer to Court

   PART 3-SUMMARY ORDERS FOR PLAINTIFF

   10.07.  Application
   10.08.  Application for an order
   10.09.  Affidavit in support
   10.10.  Service
   10.11.  Defendant to show cause
   10.12.  Affidavit in reply
   10.13.  Hearing of application
   10.14.  Cross-examination on affidavit
   10.15.  Order on counterclaim
   10.16.  Order where amount unascertained
   10.17.  Directions
   10.18.  Continuing for other claim or against other defendant
   10.19.  Setting aside order

   PART 4-DISMISSAL OF CERTAIN PROCEEDINGS

   10.20.  Dismissal of complaints
   10.21.  Dismissal of certain adjourned proceedings
   10.22.  Reinstatement
           ORDER 11.
           DISCOVERY
   11.01.  Definition
   11.02.  Notice for discovery
   11.02.  1. Discovery requiring leave of Court
   11.03.  Time for notice
   11.04.  Affidavit of documents
   11.05.  Time for making discovery
   11.05.  1. Continuing obligation to make discovery
   11.06.  Inspection of documents
   11.07.  Failure to make discovery
           ORDER 12.
           INTERROGATORIES
   12.01.  When interrogatories allowed
   12.01.  1. Interrogatories requiring leave of Court
   12.02.  Time for serving interrogatories
   12.03.  Statement as to who to answer
   12.04.  Time for answering interrogatories
   12.05.  Answers and objections
   12.06.  Who to answer
   12.07.  Failure to answer interrogatories
   12.08.  Answers as evidence
           ORDER 13.

           PRELIMINARY DISCOVERY AND DISCOVERY FROM NON-PARTY

   13.01.  Definitions
   13.02.  Privilege
   13.03.  Discovery to identify a defendant
   13.04.  Party an applicant
   13.05.  Discovery from prospective defendant
   13.06.  Party an applicant

           13.07. Discovery from non-party

   13.08.  Procedure
   13.09.  Inspection of documents
   13.10.  Costs
           ORDER 14.
           ADMISSIONS
   14.01.  Definition
   14.02.  Voluntary admission of facts
   14.03.  Notice for admission of facts
   14.04.  Notice for admission of documents
   14.05.  Cost of non-admission of fact or document
   14.06.  Restrictive effect of admission
           ORDER 15.
           OFFER OF COMPROMISE

   PART 1-INTERPRETATION

   15.01.  Definitions

   PART 2-OFFER OF COMPROMISE

   15.02.  Application
   15.03.  Time for making, accepting, etc. offer
   15.04.  Time for payment
   15.05.  Effect of offer
   15.06.  Disclosure of offer to Court
   15.07.  Failure to comply with accepted offer
   15.08.  Costs consequences of failure to accept
   15.09.  Multiple defendants
   15.10.  Offer to contribute
   15.11.  Transitional
           ORDER 16.
           EVIDENCE GENERALLY
   16.01.  Evidence of witness
   16.01.  1. Quotation or assessment as evidence
   16.02.  When affidavit may be used
   16.03.  Use of affidavits when practicable
   16.04.  Attendance and production
   16.05.  View
   16.06.  Admission of documents
   16.07.  Person about to leave Victoria may be ordered to be
           examined or to produce documents
           ORDER 16A-APPLICATION UNDER SECTION 42E(1)
           OF THE EVIDENCE ACT 1958.
   16A.01. Application of Order
   16A.02. Form of application
   16A.03. Filing
   16A.04. Service
   16A.05. Duty of applicant
   16A.06. Payment of costs
           ORDER 17.
           WITNESS SUMMONSES
   17.01.  Attendance by summons
   17.02.  Filing summons
   17.03.  Service
   17.04.  Conduct money
   17.05.  Expenses of witnesses
   17.06.  Setting aside
   17.07.  Books of account
   17.08.  Production before date of attendance
           ORDER 18.
           AFFIDAVITS
   18.01.  Form of affidavit
   18.02.  Affidavit by illiterate, blind or incapacitated person
   18.03.  Content of affidavit
   18.04.  Affidavit by two or more deponents
   18.05.  Alterations
   18.06.  Annexures and exhibits
   18.07.  Time for swearing
   18.08.  Irregularity
   18.09.  Filing
   18.10.  Affidavit sworn before party, solicitor
           ORDER 19.
           EXPERT EVIDENCE
   19.01.  Application
   19.02.  Service of statement or copy of a report of an expert
   19.03.  Making a statement or copy of a report of other party evidence
           ORDER 19A.
           SERVICE OF MEDICAL REPORTS
   19A.01. Application
   19A.02. Counterclaim
   19A.03. Definitions
   19A.04. Notice for examination
   19A.05. Expenses
   19A.06. Report of examination
   19A.07. Service of reports
   19A.08. Time for service
   19A.09. Other medical reports to be served
   19A.10. Proceeding against medical expert
   19A.11. Medical report admissible
   19A.12. No evidence unless disclosed in report
           ORDER 20.
           APPLICATIONS

   PART 1-GENERAL

   20.01.  Application of Order
   20.02.  Form of application
   20.03.  Form and filing
   20.04.  Service
   20.05.  Adjournment
   20.06.  Absence of party to application

   PART 2-PARTICULAR APPLICATIONS UNDER THE WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT 1958 AND THE
   ACCIDENT COMPENSATION ACT 1985.

   20.07.  Definitions
   20.08.  Application for appointment of nominal defendant-Forms 20B and 20C.
   20.09.  Application for discharge
   20.10.  Application for reference of question to medical referee-Forms 20D, 20E, 20F, 20G, 20H, 20J and 20K.
   20.11.  Application for revocation of direction of Conciliation
           Officer
           ORDER 21.
           ARBITRATION
   21.01.  Application
   21.02.  Statement of claim
   21.03.  Defence
   21.04.  No pleadings, discovery, interrogatories etc.
   21.05.  Parties to serve a list of documents
   21.06.  Service of reports and assessments in relation to
           proceedings relating to motor vehicle accidents
           ORDER 22.
           PRE-HEARING CONFERENCES
   22.00.  Referral of complaint for pre-hearing conference
   22.01.  Parties must attend a pre-hearing conference
   22.02.  Confidentiality
           ORDER 22A.
           MEDIATION
   22A.01. Referral of proceeding or part of a proceeding to mediation
   22A.02. Definitions
   22A.03. Parties must attend mediation
   22A.04. Consequences of failure to attend
   22A.05. Orders by consent
   22A.06. Mediator may adjourn a mediation
   22A.07. Mediation report
   22A.08. Confidentiality
   22A.09. Extension of time limits
   22A.10. Costs
           ORDER 23.
           HEARING
   23.01.  Order of hearing
   23.02.  No addresses
   23.03.  Absence of party
   23.04.  Adjournment of hearing
           ORDER 24.
           INSTRUMENTS ACT RULES
   24.01.  Definition
   24.02.  Application of Order
   24.03.  Form of complaint
   24.04.  Leave to defend
   24.05.  Order where leave not granted
   24.06.  Notice to parties
   24.07.  Leave to defend after order made
           ORDER 25.
           ORDERS
   25.01.  General relief
   25.02.  Date of effect
   25.03.  Time for compliance
   25.04.  Orders may be drawn up; certified extract
   25.05.  Consent orders
   25.06.  Order where excess abandoned
   25.07.  Setting aside or varying self-executing order
           ORDER 26.
           COSTS
   26.01.  Costs to be fixed on day of hearing
   26.02.  Costs in accordance with Appendix A
   26.03.  Application of scale
   26.04.  Costs on counterclaim
   26.05.  Costs of discovery, particulars
   26.06.  Complaint not referred to arbitration
   26.07.  Costs after defence struck out
   26.08.  Costs after complaint dismissed
           ORDER 26A.
           ASSESSMENT OF COSTS
   26A.01. Application
   26A.02. Definitions
   26A.03. Bases of assessment
   26A.04. Party and party basis
   26A.05. Solicitor and client basis
   26A.06. Indemnity basis
   26A.07. General basis
   26A.08. By whom costs to be assessed
   26A.09. Costs of assessment
   26A.10. Application for assessment
   26A.11. Filing of bill
   26A.12. Service of bill
   26A.13. Undefended proceeding
   26A.14. Content of bill
   26A.15. Disbursement or fee not paid
   26A.16. Charge of lawyer outside of Victoria
   26A.17. Amendment of bill
   26A.18. Agreement as to part of bill
   26A.19. Objection to bill
   26A.20. Discretionary costs
   26A.21. Assessment where no objection
   26A.22. Attendance of parties
   26A.23. Costs in proceedings before registrar
   26A.24. Costs reserved
   26A.25. Reference to a magistrate
   26A.26. Application by person liable to pay
   26A.27. Solicitor at fault
   26A.28. Cross costs
   26A.29. Order on assessment
   26A.30. Review by magistrate
   26A.31. Necessary or proper costs
   26A.32. Unnecessary etc. work
   26A.33. Increased allowance
   26A.34. Copy documents
   26A.35. Service of several documents
   26A.36. Defendants with same solicitor
   26A.37. Negotiations
   26A.38. Retainer of counsel
   26A.39. Advice and other work of counsel
   26A.40. Premature brief
   26A.41. Barrister and solicitor
           ORDER 27.
           ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS

   PART 1-DEFINITIONS

   27.01.  Definitions

   PART 2-WARRANTS GENERALLY

   27.02.  Issue of warrant
   27.02.  1. Issue of warrant consequent to request by electronic
           message
   27.03.  Duration
   27.04.  Costs of prior execution
   27.05.  Interpleader
   27.06.  When interpleader decided against the claimant
   27.07.  Order against two or more persons
   27.08.  Order against partners

   PART 3-WARRANTS TO SEIZE PROPERTY

   27.09.  Warrant to seize property
   27.10.  Form of warrant
   27.10.  1. Notice to person responsible for safe-keeping of seized property

   PART 4-WARRANTS OF DELIVERY

   27.11.  Warrant of delivery
   27.12.  Form of warrant

   PART 4A-ORAL EXAMINATION

   27.12.  1. Examination of judgment debtor
   27.12.  2. Issue of summons for oral examination consequent to application by electronic message

   PART 5-ATTACHMENT OF EARNINGS ORDERS

   27.12.  3. Definition
   27.13.  Attachment of earnings order
   27.15.  Application for attachment of earnings order
   27.16.  Examination of judgment debtor
   27.17.  Making an order in absence of debtor
   27.18.  Contents of order
   27.19.  Service of order
   27.20.  Employer to make payments
   27.21.  Discharge or variation of order
   27.22.  Cessation of attachment of earnings order
   27.23.  Two or more attachment of earnings orders in force
   27.24.  Notice to judgment debtor of payments
   27.25.  Determination of earnings
   27.26.  Service

   PART 6-ATTACHMENT OF DEBTS

   27.27.  Attachable debts
   27.30.  Order for attachment of debt
   27.31.  Dispute of liability by garnishee
   27.33.  Claim by another person
   27.34.  Discharge of garnishee

   PART 7-IMPRISONMENT OF FRAUDULENT DEBTORS

   27.35.  Application for summons
           ORDER 27A.
           SERVICE AND EXECUTION OF PROCESS RULES
   27A.01. Definitions
   27A.02. How application made
   27A.03. Sealed copy of order
   27A.04. Enforcement of order
   27A.05. Fees
   27A.06. Costs
   27A.07. Interest
           ORDER 28.
           JUDGMENT DEBT RECOVERY RULES
   28.01.  Definition
   28.02.  Application under section 5.
   28.03.  Application under section 6 or 8.
   28.04.  Notice of objection
   28.05.  Agreement under section 7.
   28.06.  Order in absence of parties
   28.07.  Summons for examination
   28.08.  Warrant of apprehension
   28.09.  Forms of notice
   28.10.  Warrant of commitment
   28.11.  Payments to be made to registrar
   28.12.  Certificate of discharge
   28.13.  Service and notification
   28.14.  Adjournment

           ORDER 28A-PARTICULAR PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SECURITY OF PAYMENT ACT 2002.

   28A.01. Definitions
   28A.02. Commencement of proceeding under section 28R of the
           Act
   28A.03. Power of registrar to make order in proceedings under
           section 28R of the Act
   28A.04. Setting aside an order
   28A.05. Certification of debt by Court
   28A.06. Application for stay of payments
           ORDER 29.
           VENUE AND TRANSFER OF PROCEEDINGS
   29.01.  Venue of Court
   29.02.  Transfer of proceeding to the Court
           ORDER 30.
           RE-HEARING
   30.01.  Application for re-hearing
   30.02.  Form of application
   30.03.  Re-hearing date
           ORDER 31.
           SECURITY FOR COSTS
   31.01.  Definitions
   31.02.  When security for costs may be ordered
   31.03.  Manner of giving security
   31.04.  Failure to give security
   31.05.  Variation or setting aside
   31.06.  Payment by way of irrevocable guarantee
   31.07.  Requirements of guarantee
   31.08.  Liability of bank
           ORDER 32.
           PERSON UNDER DISABILITY
   32.01.  Litigation guardian of minor
   32.02.  Person with a disability
   32.03.  Litigation guardian of defendant
   32.04.  Power of litigation guardian
   32.05.  Compromise of claim by minor or a person with a
           disability
   32.06.  Money to be paid into court
   32.07.  Investment of money
           ORDER 33.
           REGISTRARS
   33.01.  Reference to a magistrate
   33.02.  Appeal from registrar
           ORDER 34.
           APPEALS
   34.01.  Application of order
   34.02.  Notice of appeal
   34.03.  Amendment of grounds
   34.04.  Affidavit
   34.05.  Date for hearing
           ORDER 35.
           MISCELLANEOUS RULES
   35.01.  Civil registry courts
   35.01.  1. Jurisdiction of Neighbourhood Justice Division
   35.02.  General power of amendment
   35.02.  1. Registrar's power of amendment
   35.03.  Directions
   35.04.  Injunctions
   35.05.  Preservation of property
   35.06.  Practice notes
           __________________
           FORMS
           Form 1A-Electronic Lodgment Authorisation
           Form 4A-Complaint
           Form 5A-Affidavit/Declaration of Service
           Form 5AB-Complaint
           Form 7A-Counterclaim
           Form 7AB-Counterclaim
           Form 8A-Third Party Notice
           Form 8B-Notice Claiming Contribution
           Form 9A-Notice Of Defence
           Form 9B-Notice of Request Pursuant to Section 45(1)(b) of the Accident Compensation Act 1985.
           Form 10A-Application for Order
           Form 10B-Application for an Order for Costs
           Form 10C-Application for Summary Order
           Form 10D-Application for *Setting Aside/*Variation of Summary Order
           Form 11A-Notice for Discovery
           Form 11B-Affidavit of Documents
           Form 11C-Notice to Produce
           Form 14A-Notice to Admit
           Form 14B-Notice of Dispute
           Form 16AA-Notice of Application under Section 42E(1) of the Evidence Act 1958.
           Form 17A-Witness Summons to give Evidence
           Form 17B-Witness Summons for Production
           Form 17C-Witness Summons for Production and to give Evidence
           Form 17D-Witness Summons for Production
           Form 20A-Application
           Form 20B-Application for Appointment of Nominal Defendant
           Form 20C-Notice of Appointment of Nominal Defendant
           Form 20D-Application for Reference of Question to Medical
           Referee
           Form 20E-Order of Reference
           Form 20F-Certificate of Identity
           Form 20G-Notice to be given to Worker Intending to Cease to
           Reside in Australia
           Form 20H-Form of Medical Certificate to be Obtained by Worker Residing out of Australia
           Form 20J-Declaration of Identity by Worker Residing out of
           Australia
           Form 20K-Notice by Registrar to Employer of Receipt of Medical Certificate and Declaration of Identity
           Form 22AA-Mediation Report
           Form 24A-Complaint
           Form 24B-Application for Leave to Defend
           Form 24C-Application for Order
           Form 24D-Notification of Decision
           Form 24E-Application for Leave to Defend after Order made
           Form 27A-Interpleader Summons
           Form 27B-Warrant to Seize Property
           Form 27BA-Notice to Person Responsible for Safe-keeping of
           Property Seized under a Warrant to Seize Property
           Form 27C-Warrant of Delivery
           Form 27CA-Summons to Attend for Oral Examination
           Form 27CB-Summons to Attend to give Evidence or Produce Documents
           Form 27CC-Examination of a Judgment Debtor
           Form 27CD-Examination of an Officer of a Judgment Debtor
           which is a Corporation
           Form 27D-Attachment of Earnings Summons
           Form 27E-Affidavit in Support of Application for Attachment of Earnings Order
           Form 27F-Judgment Debtor's Statement of Financial Position
           Form 27J-Order that Judgment Debtor Attend for Examination
           Form 27K-Order that Person Indebted or Employer of Judgment
           Debtor give Statement
           Form 27L-Attachment of Earnings Order
           Forms 27M, 27N-Revoked
           Form 27P-Garnishee Order
           Form 27Q-Garnishee Order
           Form 27R-Affidavit in Support of Summons for Commitment
           Form 27AA-Order
           Form 27AB-Default Order for Debt
           Form 27AC-Affidavit in Support of Enforcement
           Form 28A-Application
           Form 28B-Statement of Affairs by an Individual
           Form 28BA-Statement of Affairs by an Officer of a Corporation
           Form 28C-Notice of Objection
           Form 28D-Instalment Agreement
           Form 28E-Summons for Examination
           Form 28F-Application for Issue of Summons
           Form 28G-Warrant of Apprehension
           Form 28H-Notice
           Form 28J-Notice
           Form 28K-Notice
           Form 28L-Warrant of Commitment
           Form 28M-Certificate of Discharge
           Form 30A-Application for Re-hearing
           Form 31A-Irrevocable Bank Guarantee
           Form 31B-Notice of Discharge and Payment into Court
           Form 32A-Consent to Act as Litigation Guardian
           Form 34A-Notice of Appeal
           __________________
           APPENDIX A
           APPENDIX B
           __________________
           SCHEDULE 1-Rules Revoked
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           ENDNOTES
           1. General Information
           2. Table of Amendments
           3. Explanatory Details
           ORDER 1
           PRELIMINARY

   PART 1-GENERAL


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