Commencement and operation of the Commercial Panel of the High Court

The Chief High Court Judge has issued a Press Release regarding the establishment of a specialist judicial commercial panel (the Panel) in the High Court. The Commercial Panel is to commence on 1 September 2017.

Two legislative instruments regulate the regime: the Senior Courts (High Court Commercial Panel) Order 2017 (the Panel Order) and the new Part 29 of the High Court Rules 2016.

The Panel Order specifies the types of proceedings which may be assigned to the Commercial Panel while the High Court Amendment Rules set the procedure for nominating and determining whether a case is a suitable one for a panel judge to hear.

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