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1Among the matters which Civil Procedure Rules may be made about are any matters which were governed by the former Rules of the Supreme Court or the former county court rules (that is, the M1Rules of the Supreme Court (Revision) 1965 and the M2County Court Rules 1981).E+W
2Civil Procedure Rules may provide for the exercise of the jurisdiction of any court within the scope of the rules by officers or other staff of the court.E+W
3(1)Civil Procedure Rules may provide for the removal of proceedings at any stage—E+W
(a)within the High Court (for example, between different divisions or different district registries), or
(b)[F1 within the county court ].
(2)In sub-paragraph (1)—
(a)“provide for the removal of proceedings” means—
(i)provide for transfer of proceedings, or
(ii)provide for any jurisdiction in any proceedings to be exercised (whether concurrently or not) elsewhere within the High Court or, as the case may be, [F2 elsewhere within the county court ] without the proceedings being transferred, and
(b)“proceedings” includes any part of proceedings.
4Civil Procedure Rules may modify the rules of evidence as they apply to proceedings in any court within the scope of the rules.E+W
5(1)Civil Procedure Rules may apply any rules of court which relate to a court which is outside the scope of Civil Procedure Rules.E+W
(2)Any rules of court, not made by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, which apply to proceedings of a particular kind in a court within the scope of Civil Procedure Rules may be applied by Civil Procedure Rules to other proceedings in such a court.
(3)In this paragraph “rules of court” includes any provision governing the practice and procedure of a court which is made by or under an enactment.
(4)Where Civil Procedure Rules may be made by applying other rules, the other rules may be applied—
(a)to any extent,
(b)with or without modification, and
(c)as amended from time to time.
6Civil Procedure Rules may, instead of providing for any matter, refer to provision made or to be made about that matter by directions.E+W
7The power to make Civil Procedure Rules includes power to make different provision for different cases or different areas, including different provision—E+W
(a)for a specific court or specific division of a court, or
(b)for specific proceedings, or a specific jurisdiction,
specified in the rules.
1(1)The Supreme Court Act 1981 is amended as follows.E+W
F3(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(3)In section 68 (exercise of High Court jurisdiction otherwise than by judges)—
(a)in subsection (1), paragraph (c) and the word “or” immediately preceding it are omitted,
(b)in subsection (2)—
(i)paragraph (a) is omitted, and
(ii)in paragraph (b), for “any such person” there is substituted “ a special referee ”,
(c)in subsection (3), for the words from “any” onwards there is substituted “ a special referee or any officer or other staff of the court ”, and
(d)in subsection (4)—
(i)after “decision of” there is inserted “ (a) ”, and
(ii)after “subsection (1)” there is inserted—
(4)In section 84 (power to make rules of court)—
(a)in subsection (1), for “Supreme Court” there is substituted “ Crown Court and the criminal division of the Court of Appeal ”,
(b)subsection (4) is omitted,
(c)for subsections (5) and (6) there is substituted—
“(5)Special rules may apply—
(a)any rules made under this section, or
(b)Civil Procedure Rules,
to proceedings to which the special rules apply.
(5A)Rules made under this section may apply—
(a)any special rules, or
(b)Civil Procedure Rules,
to proceedings to which rules made under this section apply.
(6)Where rules may be applied under subsection (5) or (5A), they may be applied—
(a)to any extent,
(b)with or without modification, and
(c)as amended from time to time.”, and
(d)in subsection (9), for “Supreme Court Rule Committee” there is substituted “ Civil Procedure Rule Committee ”.
(5)Section 85 (Supreme Court Rule Committee) is omitted.
(6)In section 87 (particular matters for which rules of court may provide)—
(a)subsections (1) and (2) are omitted, and
(b)in subsection (3), for “Supreme Court” there is substituted “ Crown Court or the criminal division of the Court of Appeal ”.
(7)In section 151 (interpretation)—
(a)in subsection (3), after the second “rules of court” there is inserted “ in relation to the Supreme Court ” and for “Supreme Court Rule Committee” there is substituted “ Civil Procedure Rule Committee ”, and
(b)in subsection (4), the definition of “Rules of the Supreme Court” is omitted.
2(1)The County Courts Act 1984 is amended as follows.E+W
(2)For “county court rules”, wherever occurring, there is substituted “ rules of court ”.
(3)For “rule committee”, wherever occurring, there is substituted “ Civil Procedure Rule Committee ”.
F4(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(5)In section 3 (places and times of sittings of courts), subsection (3) is omitted.
(6)Section 75 (county court rules) is omitted.
(7)In section 77(1), for “the rules of the Supreme Court” there is substituted “ Civil Procedure Rules ”.
(8)In section 81(2), for “any rules of the Supreme Court” there is substituted “ Civil Procedure Rules ”.
(9)In section 147(1), the definitions of “county court rules” and “the rule committee” are omitted.
3F5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E+W
4In section 120 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (regulations and orders), in subsection (4), “1(1)” is omitted.E+W
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