This page describes the simplified civil process for cases begun by a Writ of Summons (Writ) and heard in the Magistrate's Court (excluding non-injury motor accident actions and actions for personal injuries) or the District Court where all parties consent to the application of the simplified civil process.
Refer to Start a civil claim by Writ of Summons or Respond to a civil claim made by a Writ of Summons instead if either of the following applies to your case:
The case management conference (CMC) is central to the simplified civil process. At the CMC, the court will assist the parties to:
For cases heard in the Magistrate's Court, a CMC is generally convened within 50 days after the defendant files their defence. The court will notify you in a notice to attend a CMC within 8 days of the filing of the defendant's defence.
For cases heard in the District Court and parties have filed their consent for the simplified civil process to apply to their case, both parties will have to file a request via eLitigation to arrange for a CMC.
Parties must attend every CMC. If one or more of the parties fails to attend the CMC without valid reasons, the court may:
You will not be allowed to adjourn any CMC without valid reasons. For example, the consent of both parties to adjourn a CMC is not considered a sufficient reason for an adjournment.
A CMC is conducted for all cases which the simplified civil process applies to, except for:
NIMA and PI cases are channelled to the State Courts' Court Dispute Resolution Cluster (CDRC) where experienced judges will assist parties by providing liability indications based on information on the accident given by the parties.
If your claim falls within either of these categories, you may refer to the NIMA pre-action protocol (Appendix C of the State Courts Practice Directions) or the PI pre-action protocol (Appendix E of the State Courts Practice Directions) for more information.