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Significant rule changes on 1 October 2014

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On 1 October 2014 significant changes occurred to the Supreme and District Court rules. The changes, amongst other things, introduce a “Fast Track” system for civil disputes that aren’t too complex in both the Supreme and District Court.

 

Whilst the changes are significant and some members of the legal profession are anxious about the changes we welcome the changes, particularly the fast track stream.

 

We expect that, for our clients, who in the most part are small and medium sized businesses and mums and dad’s the fast track stream will provide significant time and cost savings on litigation. 

 

So, if you have a dispute that may warrant litigation but you have been putting it off because of concern about the time and cost of the dispute it may be worth checking in with your lawyer again and seeing if your matter might be a candidate for the new fast track system.