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FEDERAL COURT RULES 2011 - RULE 20.14

Standard discovery

             (1)  If the Court orders a party to give standard discovery, the party must give discovery of documents:

                     (a)  that are directly relevant to the issues raised by the pleadings or in the affidavits; and

                     (b)  of which, after a reasonable search, the party is aware; and

                     (c)  that are, or have been, in the party's control.

             (2)  For paragraph (1)(a), the documents must meet at least one of the following criteria:

                     (a)  the documents are those on which the party intends to rely;

                     (b)  the documents adversely affect the party's own case;

                     (c)  the documents support another party's case;

                     (d)  the documents adversely affect another party's case.

             (3)  For paragraph (1)(b), in making a reasonable search, a party may take into account the following:

                     (a)  the nature and complexity of the proceeding;

                     (b)  the number of documents involved;

                     (c)  the ease and cost of retrieving a document;

                     (d)  the significance of any document likely to be found;

                     (e)  any other relevant matter.

             (4)  In this rule, a reference to an affidavit is a reference to:

                     (a)  an affidavit accompanying an originating application; and

                     (b)  an affidavit in response to the affidavit accompanying the originating application.

Note:          Control is defined in the Dictionary.



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