1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of Rules Committee of the Supreme Court

   4   Functions of the Committee

   5   Rule-making powers generally




[Date of Commencement: 1st November, 1961]

Cap 180.

21 of 1961,
15 of 1962.

43 of 1968,
5 of 1981,
23 of 1997.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Judicature (Rules of Court) Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "attorney-at-law" shall have the meaning assigned to it by the Legal Profession Act;

   "Bar Association" means the Jamaican Bar Association incorporated under the Companies Act on the 16th January, 1973;

   "Bar Council" means the Council of the Bar Association;

   "Committee" means the Rules Committee of the Supreme Court established under section 3.

[5/1981 s 2.]

3   Establishment of Rules Committee of the Supreme Court

   (1) There is hereby established a Committee to be known as the Rules Committee of the Supreme Court.

   (2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution and operation of the Committee and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Functions of the Committee

   (1) It shall be the function of the Committee to make rules (in this Act referred to as "rules of Court") for the purposes of the Judicature (Civil Procedure Code) Law , the Judicature (Appellate Jurisdiction) Act, the Judicature (Supreme Court) Act, the Judicature (Supreme Court) (Additional Powers of Registrar) Act, the Justices of the Peace (Appeals) Act, the Indictments Act and any other law or enactment for the time being in force relating to or affecting the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court' or the Court of Appeal or any Judge or officer of such respective Court.

   (2) Rules of Court may make provision for all or any of the following matters-

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   (a)   for regulating and prescribing the procedure (including the method of pleading) and the practice to be followed in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court respectively in all causes and matters whatsoever in or with respect to which those Courts respectively have for the time being jurisdiction (including the procedure and practice to be followed in the offices of the Supreme Court) and any matters incidental to or relating to any such procedure or practice, including (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision) the manner in which, and the time within which, any applications, appeals or references which under any law or enactment may or are to be made to the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court or any Judge of such respective Court, shall be made;

[15/1962 s 3.]

   (b)   for regulating the sittings of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and of the Judges of the Supreme Court whether sitting in Court or in Chambers;

   (c)   for regulating the vacations to be observed by the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and in the offices of the Supreme Court.

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