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FEDERAL COURT RULES 2011 (SLI NO 134 OF 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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