The Supreme Court has today issued a new Practice Direction 11 of 2023 – Consent Orders of the Registrar.
The new practice direction replaces (and repeals) the former Practice Direction 4 of 2010.
It sets out the types of orders that the Registrar ordinarily has power to make, by consent, under rule 666 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999; those orders which will not generally be made by the Registrar and ought to be referred to a judge; and the procedure to be adopted when seeking an order be made by consent by the Registrar.
The new practice direction also clarifies the procedure where a matter is on the Caseflow Management List, and is being dealt with by the Resolution Registrar under Practice Direction 9 of 2023.
Where parties seek to have an order made by the Registrar by consent, the necessary documents can be filed electronically, in accordance with the Principal Registrar (Supreme and District Courts) – Approval 1 of 2020.
Practitioners are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the new Practice Direction 11 of 2023, and also to re-familiarise themselves with Practice Direction 12 of 2022 – Applications (including in relation to the procedure required where parties seek to have an order made by consent, by a judge, prior to the hearing of an application).