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Extending the judicial function and managing civil litigation in Australia


Cairns, BC, Extending the judicial function and managing civil litigation in Australia, Civil Justice Quarterly, 37, (3) pp. 355-369. ISSN 0261-9261 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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The civil justice overriding objective of justice and efficiency is a general concept that the courts must make operable in practice. The court supervises the pre-trial preparation and management of litigation and gives pre-trial directions about the conduct of the trial. Practice directions have become a substantial source of discretionary procedural law. They muststill be limited to practice and procedure, not substantive law. This article examines the function of practice directions of the scope deployed in implementing the overriding objective and whether they are limited to matters of procedure. In jurisdictions that lack statutory authority for practice directions, the court asserts an inherent jurisdiction. The detail of practice directions gives them the character of a legislative instrument. This prompts the question whether the judges are performing a legislative function in issuing them.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:civil justice, court procedure, judicial functions, managing civil litigation
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cairns, BC (Dr Bernard Cairns)
ID Code:126786
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-06-25
Last Modified:2018-12-07

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