The High Court has unlimited jurisdiction. That means it can hear any claim unless there is a specific law saying a particular court or tribunal has ‘exclusive jurisdiction’ to hear a particular kind of claim.

High Court Rules 2016

Matters of a procedural nature to do with the High Court are set out in the High Court Rules 2016.


Commencing a claim

Statements of claim


Statement of defence

Judgment by default

Defences and counterclaims



Preparing evidence

Preparing submissions

Attending a trial

Making submissions

Witnesses on trial

Sealing judgment, enforcement, appeals and rehearings


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