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FEDERAL COURT RULES 2011 (SLI NO 134 OF 2011) - RULE 20.15

Non-standard and more extensive discovery

         (1)   A party seeking an order for discovery (other than standard discovery) must identify the following:

                (a)    any criteria mentioned in rules 20.14 (1) and (2) that should not apply;

               (b)    any other criteria that should apply;

                (c)    whether the party seeks the use of categories of documents in the list of documents;

               (d)    whether discovery should be given in an electronic format;

                (e)    whether discovery should be given in accordance with a discovery plan.

         (2)   An application by a party under subrule (1) must be accompanied by the following:

                ( a)    if categories of documents are sought -- a list of the proposed categories; and

               (b)    if discovery is sought by an electronic format -- the proposed format; and

                (c)    if a discovery plan is sought to be used  -- a draft of the discovery plan.

         (3)   An application by a party seeking more extensive discovery than is required under rule 20.14 must be accompanied by an affidavit stating why the order should be made.

         (4)   For this Division:

"category of documents" includes documents, or a bundle of documents, of the same or a similar type of character.

Note    A discovery plan is a plan that has regard to the issues in dispute and the likely number, nature and significance of the documents discoverable in relation to those issues -- see the Court's Practice Note CM6, 'Electronic Technology in Litigation'.

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