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In June 2013, the current Rules of the Supreme Court will be replaced by new Rules of Civil Procedure (“CPR”). The primary objective of the CPR is to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of court proceedings and applications.
Under the Supreme Court Act (“Act”) a Rules Committee is established. The Rules Committee is headed by the Chief Justice and has authority to make rules of court for the purpose of giving effect to the Act, and for regulating and prescribing the practice and procedure of the Court in all matters, whether civil or criminal, and whether within its original or appellate jurisdiction. It is the Rules Committee that will promulgate the CPR.
The current Rules were promulgated in 1978 and were based on the English Rules of Civil Procedure 1976. The CPR has been influenced by progressive features of the court rules of other Commonwealth jurisdictions, most notably those of New Zealand.
The CPR will bring wide ranging improvements to the civil litigation process in The Bahamas. The changes include:
The CPR is expected to come into force in June 2013.
© Delaney Partners. Published March 09 2013