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The County Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2016

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3.  The principal Rules are amended as follows—

(1) Omit Order 1.

(2) In Order 6—

(a)in Rule 2—

(i)in paragraph (1), for “the Judge”, substitute “the Lord Chief Justice”;

(ii)in paragraph (2), omit “Every process server who holds office at the date of coming into operation of these Rules shall at the first sittings after such date of the court for the division in which he acts as process server, and”;

(iii)in paragraph (4), omit “in such form as may be approved by the Judge”; and

(iv)in paragraph (9), for “the sittings of the court for the division or part thereof for which he has been appointed”, substitute “the court as required”;

(b)in Rule 3—

(i)in paragraph (2)(a), for “division of the court”, substitute “administrative court division”; and

(ii)in paragraph (3), for “division of the court”, substitute “administrative court division”, and omit “for the division in which the proceedings are to be brought”.

(3) In Order 8, in Rule 1, omit “In each division for any court held in that division”.

(4) In Order 14, in Rule 5(1), for “division of the court”, insert “administrative court division”.

(5) In Order 22—

(a)omit Part 1; and

(b)in Rule 8(1), omit “of the court for the division named in the order for hearing”.

(6) In Order 24—

(a)in Rule 9(1), omit “for any county court division”; and

(b)in Rule 20(2)(b), omit “for the division in which the witness resides or carried on business”.

(7) In Order 25, in Rule 20(2), omit “to a court in the division in which the decree was obtained”.

(8) In Order 26, omit Rule 29.

(9) In Order 27, omit Rule 8.

(10) In Order 30, omit Rule 3.

(11) In Order 32—

(a)omit Rule 1(10);

(b)in Rule 6(6), omit “or, with the consent of the parties, to the sittings for such other division as may be convenient”;

(c)in Rule 6A—

(i)in paragraph (2), omit “of the appropriate county court division”; and

(ii)in paragraph (5), omit “for the petty sessions district in which the magistrates’ court sat”;

(d)in Rule 6B(4), omit “of the appropriate county court division”;

(e)in Rule 6IA.(3), omit “of the appropriate county court division”;

(f)in Rule 6J, for paragraph (3), substitute—

(3) On receipt of the application, the chief clerk shall refer it—

(a)to a judge; or

(b)if the hearing of the appeal has started, to the judge hearing the appeal.;

(g)in Rule 6NG paragraphs (2), (5) and (6), omit “of the appropriate county court division”; and

(h)in Rule 6NH(3), omit “of the appropriate county court division”.

(12) In Order 35, omit Rule 4(2).

(13) In Order 37—

(a)in the heading to Rule 3, omit “Venue and”; and

(b)omit Rule 3(1).

(14) In Order 40—

(a)in Rule 5(2), from “therein specified” to “business” substitute “and before the court therein specified”; and

(b)in Rules 19(3) and 21(2), omit “of the appropriate county court division”.

(15) In Order 45, omit Rule 1.

(16) In Order 46, omit Rule 7(2)(a).

(17) In Order 48—

(a)in Rule 1(1), omit the definition of “the chief clerk”;

(b)in Rule 2(2), omit “for the petty sessions district in which the premises are situated”;

(c)in Rule 8—

(i)omit paragraph (1);

(ii)in paragraph (5), omit “for the petty sessions district in which the club premises are situated”; and

(d)omit Rule 11(1).

(18) In Order 49, omit Rule 8.

(19) In Order 50A, in Rule 1(1), omit the definition of “chief clerk”.

(20) In Order 51, in Rule 13(5), omit “acting for the petty sessions district in which the defendant appears to be,”.

(21) In Order 52—

(a)omit Rule 4;

(b)in Rule 15(1), omit from “and may be brought” to the end of the paragraph; and

(c)omit Rule 17.

(22) In Order 54—

(a)in Rule 2(2), omit “ mentioned in paragraph (3)”;

(b)omit Rule 2(3);

(c)in Rule 8(1), omit from “and may be heard” to the end of the paragraph;

(d)in Rule 10(1), omit from “and may be heard” to the end of the paragraph; and

(e)omit Rule 16(2).

(23) In Order 56—

(a)for Rule 1, substitute—

1.  There shall be a county court seal for Northern Ireland.; and

(b)omit Rule 2.

(24) In Order 58, in Rule 1(1), above the entry for “controller”, insert—

“administrative court division” means an area specified as such in directions issued by the Department of Justice under section 2 of the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015;.

(25) Appendix 1 is amended in accordance with the Schedule.

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