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FEDERAL COURT RULES 2011 - RULE 16.02

Content of pleadings--general

             (1)  A pleading must:

                     (a)  be divided into consecutively numbered paragraphs, each, as far as practicable, dealing with a separate matter; and

                     (b)  be as brief as the nature of the case permits; and

                     (c)  identify the issues that the party wants the Court to resolve; and

                     (d)  state the material facts on which a party relies that are necessary to give the opposing party fair notice of the case to be made against that party at trial, but not the evidence by which the material facts are to be proved; and

                     (e)  state the provisions of any statute relied on; and

                      (f)  state the specific relief sought or claimed.

             (2)  A pleading must not:

                     (a)  contain any scandalous material; or

                     (b)   contain any frivolous or vexatious material; or

                     (c)  be evasive or ambiguous; or

                     (d)  be likely to cause prejudice, embarrassment or delay in the proceeding; or

                     (e)  fail to disclose a reasonable cause of action or defence or other case appropriate to the nature of the pleading; or

                      (f)  otherwise be an abuse of the process of the Court.

             (3)  A pleading may raise a point of law.

             (4)  A party is not entitled to seek any additional relief to the relief that is claimed in the originating application.

             (5)  A party may plead a fact or matter that has occurred or arisen since the proceeding started.



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