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County Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Proceedings in respect of a judicial act: joinder of appropriate person

26.—(1) Subject to paragraph (3), where notice has been given under Rule 25, the appropriate person shall be joined as a party on giving notice in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) The notice referred to in paragraph (1) shall be in Form 399 and—

(a)shall be lodged with the Chief Clerk not later than 21 days, or such other period as the Court may specify, after the date of service of notice under Rule 25;

(b)a copy shall be served on each of the parties to the proceedings as soon as practicable thereafter; and

(c)where a Minister has nominated a person or a government department under section 9(5) of the Human Rights Act 1998, shall be accompanied by a copy of that nomination in writing.

(3) Where the appropriate person does not give notice within the time allowed by paragraph (2), the Court may direct that the appropriate person be joined as a party to the proceedings.

(4) Where the appropriate person is joined as a party to the proceedings under paragraphs (2) or (3), the Court may give such directions as it considers necessary for the future conduct of the proceedings.

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