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County Court (Amendment No. 2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1998

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5.  Order 43 shall be amended as follows—

(a)for Rule 18 there shall be substituted the following new Rule—

Quality and size of paper

18.(1) All accounts, copies, papers, notices and other documents lodged with the chief clerk or other officer are to be written bookwise, unless the nature of the document renders it impracticable to do so, upon paper of durable quality approximately 297mm long by 210mm wide, or A4ISO, having a margin not less than 38mm wide to be left blank on the left side of the face of the paper and on the right side of the reverse and shall be endorsed with the solicitor’s name and any document not so endorsed or not plainly and legibly written shall be refused.

(2) Unless the chief clerk in any particular case otherwise determines, all decrees shall be written on judicature paper of a size not less than A4ISO.

(3) In this Rule, the expression “A4” followed by the letters “ISO” means the size of paper so referred to in the specifications of the International Standards Organisation.;

(b)in Rule 19A(1) for the words “second business day” there shall be substituted the words “seventh business day”.

(c)after Rule 27 there shall be inserted the following new Rule—

Service by DX

28.(1) Service of any document, not being a document which by virtue of any provisions of these Rules is required to be served personally, or a document to which Order 6, Rule 3 applies, may be effected, where—

(a)the proper address for service includes a numbered box at a document exchange, or

(b)there is inscribed on the writing paper of the party on whom the document is served (where such party acts in person) or on the writing paper of his solicitor (where such party acts by a solicitor) a document exchange box number and such a party or his solicitor (as the case may be) has not indicated in writing to the party serving the document that he is unwilling to accept service through a document exchange, by leaving the document addressed to that numbered box at that document exchange or at a document exchange which transmits documents every business day to that exchange, and any document which is left at a document exchange in accordance with this paragraph shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to have been served on the second business day following the day on which it is left.

(2) In this Rule “business day” has the same meaning as in Rule 27 and “document exchange” means any document exchange for the time being approved by the Lord Chancellor..

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