Divorce And Matrimonial Proceedings Rules 1980
The Divorce and Matrimonial Proceedings Rules 1980 (known as "the Rules") are referred to by the High Court as they regulate the flow and procedure of each and every petition filed under the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (known as "the Act"). The Rules are usually read together with the Rules of High Court 1980 (known as the "RHC").
These Rules have been set up pursuant to Section 108 of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976. Section 108(1) of the Act says: "The Rules Committee may make rules regulating the practice and procedure in all matrimonial proceedings under this Act as they consider expedient and also rules to fix and regulate the fees and costs payable upon all such proceedings; and subject thereto all proceedings under this Act shall be regulated by the Divorce and Matrimonial Proceedings Rules 1980."