Reforming Equity: New Zealand 1843-1856

Taylor Francis Journal UK
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The Journal of Legal History, 2013, 34 (3), pp. 285 - 306
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This article considers the significant modifications made to English Chancery procedure by the first rules of court of the Supreme Court of New Zealand (1843/44). In the first part of the nineteenth century, across the empire colonial judges used their power to draft their own rules to modify English practice and procedure, often implementing changes ahead of those of the English reform movement. The first rules of court in New Zealand were particularly innovative: they introduced new, simplified and uniform rules for actions and suits, as well as achieving a level of administrative `fusion well before the reforms either of the New York Field Code 1849 or the English Judicature Act 1873.
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