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Rules of the High Court (Amendment) Rules 2017 gazetted
The following is issued on behalf of the Judiciary:

     The Rules of the High Court (Amendment) Rules 2017 (the Amendment Rules) were published in the Gazette today (June 16) and will be tabled at the Legislative Council for negative vetting on June 21.

     A spokesman for the Judiciary said that the Amendment Rules primarily seek to improve the court procedures at the Court of Appeal (CA). Key proposals include:

(a) removing the present automatic anonymity requirement in appeals against decisions of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to the CA so as to align with the arrangements for other professionals;
(b) enhancing the CA's case management powers over the parties' various amendments to certain appeal-related documents for civil appeals; and
(c) empowering also the Court of First Instance to consider applications for time extension relating to appeals/applications to the CA.

     The Judiciary has consulted various stakeholders, including the Hong Kong Bar Association, the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, on the relevant parts of the legislative amendments. They are supportive of the relevant proposed amendments.

     The target commencement date for the Amendment Rules is December 1.
Ends/Friday, June 16, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:00
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