Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1999 No. 19
SUPREME COURT, NORTHERN IRELAND
The Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 1999
To be laid before Parliament
20th January 1999
Coming into operation in accordance with rule 1(1) and (2)
We, the Northern Ireland Supreme Court Rules Committee, being the authority having for the time being power under section 55 of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978(1) to make, amend or revoke rules regulating the practice and procedure of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland, hereby, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, exercise those powers as follows:
Citation, commencement and interpretation
1.—(1) These Rules may be cited as the Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) (Amendment ) 1999 and except as provided by paragraph (2) shall come into operation on 15th February 1999.
(2) Rule 9 shall come into operation on 12th April 1999.
(3) In these Rules any reference to an Order by number or an Appendix by letter means the Order so numbered or the Appendix so lettered in the Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) 1980(2).
Assignment to Family Division
2. Order 1, rule 12(b) shall be amended by the addition of the following sub-paragraph—
“(xii)the Family Homes and Domestic Violence (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(3).”.
Notice of action to non-parties bound by judgment under Article 32 of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994(4)
3.—(1) Order 15 shall be amended by inserting after rule 13 the following rule—
“Notice of action to non-parties bound by judgment
13A.—(1) At any stage in an action to which this rule applies, the Court may, on the application of any party or of its own motion, direct that notice of the action be served on any person who is not a party but who will or may be affected by any judgement given therein.
(2) An application under this rule may be made ex parte and shall be supported by an affidavit stating the grounds of the application.
(3) Every notice of an action under this rule shall be in Form No. 35A in Appendix A and the copy to be served shall be a sealed copy accompanied by a copy of the writ or originating summons of all other pleadings served in the action and of the affidavit mentioned in paragraph (2).
(4) A person may, within 14 days of service on him of a notice under this rule, enter an appearance to the writ or originating summons and shall thereupon become a party to the action, but in default of such appearance and subject to paragraph (5) he shall be bound by any judgment given in the action as if he were a party thereto.
(5) If at any time after service of such notice on any person the writ or originating summons is amended so as substantially to alter the relief claimed, the Court may direct that the judgment shall not bind such person unless a further notice together with a copy of the amended writ or originating summons is served upon him under this rule.
(6) This rule applies to any action relating to—
(a)the estate of a deceased person, or
(b)property subject to a trust.
(7) Order 6, rule 6(4) and (6) shall apply in relation to a notice of an action under this rule as if the notice were a writ and the person by whom the notice is issued the plaintiff.”.
(2) Appendix A shall be amended by inserting after Form 35 the Form 35A set out in Schedule 1 to these Rules.
Proceedings under Articles 33 and 35 of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994
4. Order 93 shall be amended by adding after rule 8 the following rules—
“Applications under Article 33 of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994
9. An application to the Court under Article 33 of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 shall be begun by ex parte originating summons.
Applications under Article 35 of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994
10.—(1) An application to the Court under Article 35 of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 for an order appointing a substituted personal representative or terminating the appointment of an existing personal representative shall be made by originating summons or, if made in a pending action, by summons or motion in that action.
(2) All the existing personal representatives and, notwithstanding anything in Order 15, rule 4(2) and subject to any direction of the Court, all persons (other than the plaintiff) having a beneficial interest in the estate must be made parties to the application.
(3) Such an application must be supported by—
(a)a sealed or certified copy of the grant of probate or letters of administration;
(b)an affidavit containing the grounds of the application and the following particulars so far as the plaintiff can gain information with regard to them—
(i)short particulars of the property comprised in the estate, with an approximate estimate of its income and capital value;
(ii)short particulars of the liabilities of the estate;
(iii)particulars of the persons who are in possession of the documents relating to the estate;
(iv)the names of the beneficiaries and short particulars of their respective interests;
(v)the name, address and occupation of any proposed substituted personal representative;
(c)where the application is for the appointment of a substituted personal representative—
(i)a signed or, in the case of a corporation, sealed consent to act; and
(ii)an affidavit as to the fitness of the proposed substituted personal representative, if an individual, to act.
(4) On the hearing of an application under the said Article 35 the personal representative shall produce to the Court the grant of representation to the deceased’s estate and, if an order is made under Article 35, the grant (together with the sealed copy of the order) shall be sent to and remain in the custody of the Probate and Matrimonial Office until a memorandum of the order has been endorsed on, or permanently annexed to, the grant.”.
Excusing of jurors
5. Order 33 shall be amended by inserting after rule 4 the following rule—
“Excusing of jurors
4A.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) to (5) of this rule the powers of a judge under Articles 10 and 11(1) of the 1996 Order may be exercised by the Principal Clerk of the Central Office.
(2) A person dissatisfied with a decision of the Principal Clerk of the Central Office made in the exercise of the powers conferred by Article 10 or 11(1) of the 1996 Order may appeal to a judge in accordance with paragraph (3) of this rule.
(3) An appeal under this rule shall be commenced by the appellant giving notice of appeal to the Principal Clerk of the Central Office and such notice shall be in writing and shall specify the matters upon which the appellant relies in support of his appeal.
(4) A judge shall not dismiss an appeal under this rule unless the appellant has been given an opportunity of making representations.
(5) Where an appeal under this rule is decided in the absence of the appellant, the Principal Clerk of the Central Office shall notify him of the decision as soon as possible.
(6) In this rule “the 1996 Order” means the Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(5).”.
6. Order 82 shall be amended as follows—
(a)for rule 3 there shall be substituted the following rule—
“Obligation to give particulars
3.—(1) Where in any action for libel or slander the plaintiff alleges that the words or matters complained of were used in a defamatory sense other than their ordinary meaning, he must give particulars of the facts and matters on which he relies in support of such sense.
(2) Where in an action for libel or slander the defendant alleges that, insofar as the words complained of consist of statements of fact, they are true in substance and in fact, and in so far as they consist of expressions of opinion, they are fair comment on a matter of public interest, or pleads to the like effect, he must give particulars stating which of the words complained of he alleges are statements of fact and of the facts and matters he relies on in support of the allegation that the words are true.
(3) Without prejudice to Order 18, rule 8, but subject to paragraph (4), where the defendant makes an allegation as described in paragraph (2), the plaintiff shall serve a reply specifically admitting or denying any such allegation raised by the defendant and specifying any fact or matter upon which he relies in opposition to the defendant’s allegations.
(4) No reply shall be required under paragraph (3) where all the facts or matters on which the plaintiff intends to rely in opposition to the defendant’s allegations as described in paragraph (2) are already particularised elsewhere in the pleadings.
(5) Where in an action for libel or slander the plaintiff alleges that the defendant maliciously published the words or matters complained of, he need not in his statement of claim give particulars of the facts on which he relies in support of the allegation of malice, but if the defendant pleads that any of those words or matters are fair comment on a matter of public interest or were published upon a privileged occasion and the plaintiff intends to allege that the defendant was actuated by express malice, he must serve a reply giving particulars of the facts and matters from which the malice is to be inferred.
(6) Without prejudice to Order 18, rule 12, the plaintiff must give full particulars in the statement of claim of the facts and matters on which he relies in support of his claim for damages, including details of any conduct by the defendant which it is alleged has increased the loss suffered and of any loss which is peculiar to the plaintiff’s own circumstances.
(7) This rule shall apply in relation to a counterclaim for libel or slander as if the party making the counterclaim were the plaintiff and the party against whom it is made the defendant.”;
(b)after rule 3 there shall be inserted the following rule—
“Ruling on meaning
3A.—(1) At any time after the service of the statement of claim either party may apply to a judge in chambers for an order determining whether or not the words complained of are capable of bearing a particular meaning or meanings attributed to them in the pleadings.
(2) If it appears to the judge on the hearing of an application under paragraph (1) that none of the words complained of are capable of bearing the meaning or meanings attributed to them in the pleadings, he may dismiss the claim or make such other order or give such judgement in the proceedings as may be just.
(3) Subject to paragraph (4), each party to the proceedings may make only one application under paragraph (1).
(4) Where a party has made an application under paragraph (1) and the respondent to that application subsequently amends his pleadings to allege a new meaning, the Court may allow the other party to make a further application under that paragraph in relation to that new meaning.
(5) This rule shall apply in relation to a counterclaim for libel or slander as if the party making the counterclaim were the plaintiff and the party against whom it is made the defendant, and as if the counterclaim were the statement of claim.”.
Appeals to High Court by case stated
7. Order 94, rule 1(6) shall be amended by the addition of the following new paragraph—
“(iv)Article 24 of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(7).”.
Issues of letters of administration
8. Order 97, rule 4(3) shall be amended by substituting for the words “fourteen days” the words “twenty-eight days”.
The Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997
9.—(1) The Arrangement of Orders at the beginning of the principal rules shall be amended by adding at the end—
“119. The Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997”.
(2) After Order 118 there shall be added a new Order set out in Schedule 2 to these rules.
(3) Appendix A shall be amended by adding after Form 65 the new Form 66 set out in Schedule 3 to these rules.
R. D. Carswell
J. M. Nicholson
F. P. Girvan
Hugh P. Kennedy
Dated 7th January 1999
Irvine of Lairg, C.
Dated 20th January 1999
Schedule 1Form to be Inserted in Appendix A after Form 35
No. 35ANotice of Action
Take notice that:
(1) An action has been commenced in this court in accordance with the [writ of summons] [originating summons] attached hereto.
(2) You are or may be one of the persons interested in the [estate] [trust property] to which the action relates.
(3) You may within 14 days after service of this notice enter an appearance to the [writ] [originating summons] by entering an appearance at the Chancery Office, Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street, Belfast in accordance with the directions for entering an appearance on the attached [writ] [originating summons].
(4) If you do not enter an appearance to be [writ] [originating summons] you will be bound by any judgment given in the action as if you were a party to it.
“Order 119The Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997
1. In this Order “the Order” means the Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997(8).
Assignment of Proceedings
2. Proceedings under Article 5 of the Order shall be assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division.
Warrants of arrest
3. An application for the issue of a warrant for the arrest of the defendant under Article 5(3) of the Order shall—
(a)state that it is an application for the issue of a warrant for the arrest of the defendant;
(b)set out the grounds for making the application and be supported by affidavit or evidence on oath;
(c)state whether the plaintiff has informed the police of the defendant’s conduct on which the application is grounded; and
(d)state whether, to the plaintiff’s knowledge, criminal proceedings are being pursued.
Form of Warrant
4. A Warrant of Arrest issued in accordance with Article 5(3) shall be in Form 66 in Appendix A.
5. The court before whom a person is brought following his arrest may:
(a)determine whether the facts and the circumstances which led to the arrest amounted to disobedience of the injunction, or
(b)adjourn the proceedings and where such an order is made, the arrested person shall be released and—
(i)may be dealt with within 14 days of the day on which he was arrested; and
(ii)be given not less than 2 days notice of the adjourned hearing.
6. This Order shall apply to injunctions granted on or after the date of the commencement of this Order and injunctions granted before that date shall be treated as if this Order had not come into operation.”
Schedule 3Form to be Inserted in Appendix A after Form 65
No. 66Warrant of arrest
WHEREAS it is alleged that of has disobeyed an order made by the aforesaid court on the day of 19.
THIS IS TO COMMAND YOU to whom this warrant is addressed to arrest the said of and bring him forthwith before the aforesaid Court that he may be further dealt with according to law and for your so doing this shall be your sufficient Warrant.
Dated this day of 19.
By the Court:
To: The Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Belfast and to all other members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to whom this Warrant may be delivered for execution.
(This note is not part of the Rules.)
These Rules amend the Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) 1980—
(a)assigning proceedings under the Family Homes and Domestic Violence (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 to the Family Division;
(b)to prescribe procedures for applications under Articles 32, 33 and 35 of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994;
(c)by amending Order 33 to provide for the powers of a judge under Articles 10 and 11(1) of the Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 to be exercised by the Principal Clerk of the Central Office;
(d)by amending Order 82 (defamation actions) by substituting a new rule 3 (obligation to give particulars) and inserting a new rule 3A prescribing a procedure for rulings on meaning;
(e)by amending Order 94 to provide that appeals on a point of law under Article 24 of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 from the Special Educational Needs Tribunal to the High Court shall be by way of case stated in accordance with Order 56;
(f)by amending Order 97, rule 4(3) to increase the time restriction on the grant of letters of administration issuing (except with the leave of the Master (Probate and Matrimonial) from 14 days after the death of the deceased to 28 days. This is to reflect section 6A of the Administration of Estates Act (Northern Ireland) 1955 as inserted by Article 3(1) of the Succession (Northern Ireland) Order 1996;
(g)by adding a new Order 119 prescribing the procedure for an application for a warrant under Article 5 of the Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.
1978 c. 23
S.R. 1980 No. 346; relevant amendments are referred to where they arise in subsequent footnotes in these Rules
S.I. 1998/1071 (N.I. 6)
S.I. 1994/1899 (N.I. 13)
S.I. 1996/1141 (N.I. 6)
Order 94 was inserted by S.R. 1980 No. 433; a new rule 1 was substituted by S.R. 1994 No. 286 and a further relevant amendment was made by S.R. 1997 No. 70
S.I. 1996/274 (N.I. 1); Article 24 was amended by Article 26 of S.I. 1997/866 (N.I. 5)
S.I. 1997/1180 (N.I. 9)