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    (1)     The main purposes of this Act are—

S. 1(1)(a) amended by No. 1/2011 s. 3(a).

        (a)     to reform and modernise the laws, practice, procedure and processes relating to civil proceedings in the Supreme Court, the County Court and the Magistrates' Court and provide for uniformity;

        (b)     to simplify the language relating to civil procedure;

        (c)     to provide for an overarching purpose in relation to the conduct of civil proceedings to facilitate the just, efficient, timely and cost-effective resolution of the real issues in dispute;

        (d)     to amend various Acts in relation to the conduct of civil proceedings to reflect the new procedures.

    (2)     Without limiting subsection (1), this Act provides for—

        (a)     overarching obligations for participants in civil proceedings to improve standards of conduct in litigation;

S. 1(2)(b) repealed by No. 1/2011 s. 3(b),
new s. 1(2)(b) inserted by No. 62/2012 s. 4.

        (b)     expanding the powers of the courts in relation to costs in relation to civil proceedings;

        (c)     the enhancement of case management powers of the courts, including in relation to discovery;

        (d)     further enhancement of appropriate dispute resolution processes;

        (e)     reform of the law relating to summary judgment;

S. 1(2)(f) amended by No. 62/2012 s. 7(a).

        (f)     clarifying sanctions available to courts in relation to contravention of discovery obligations;

S. 1(2)(g) inserted by No. 62/2012 s. 7(b).

        (g)     the management and control of expert evidence in civil proceedings.

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