A second tranche of amendments to the County Court rules commence on 31 January 2022. These relate to mediation.
A new rule 50.07.2 provides for the court to order that matters be referred to a registrar for mediation, at any stage of the proceedings. This new rule is in addition to the existing rule which allows the court to refer matters to mediation by a judicial registrar.
Other amendments to the County Court Civil Procedure Rules 2018 under the County Court (Chapter I Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 2021 have already commenced. These concern the way affidavits and exhibits are prepared and filed. See Affidavits, Annexures and Exhibits on both the Acting for the plaintiff and Acting for the defendant matter plans in the By Lawyers County Court (VIC) publication for more information.
A third tranche of amendments to the rules will commence on 1 March 2022. These deal with the titles and nature of the lists in the Commercial Division. By Lawyers County Court publication will be further amended to reflect these changes in due course.