24 Judges may modify rules of court during epidemic

(1)

While an epidemic notice is in force, a Judge to whom subsection (2) applies (whether permanently appointed or temporary) may in any particular case modify any rule of court, and to any extent, that he or she thinks necessary in the interests of justice to take account of the effects of the quarantinable disease stated in the notice.

(2)

This subsection applies to—

(a)

a Judge of the High Court (whether acting as a Judge of the High Court or a Judge of the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court):

(b)

an Associate Judge of the High Court:

(ba)

a District Court Judge:

(c)

a Judge of the Employment Court:

(d)

a Judge of the Maori Land Court.

(3)

A modification—

(a)

may be absolute or subject to conditions; and

(b)

may be made by stating alternative means of complying with a requirement or restriction imposed by the rules.

(4)

Subsection (3) does not limit subsection (1).

Section 24(2)(ba): inserted, on 26 March 2020, by section 6 of the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020 (2020 No 9).