CHAPTER 28 - SUBORDINATE COURTS: SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

INDEX TO SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

Limits of Jurisdiction of Subordinate Courts Presided over by Senior Resident Magistrates

Limits of Jurisdiction of Subordinate Courts Presided over by Resident Magistrates

Seals

Court Houses

Sittings

Subordinate Courts (Civil Jurisdiction) Rules

LIMITS OF JURISDICTION OF SUBORDINATE COURTS PRESIDED OVER BY SENIOR RESIDENT MAGISTRATES

[Section 4]

[Directions by the Chief Justice]

GN 20 of 1959,

GN 179 of 1959,

GN 8 of 1961,

GN 116 of 1962,

GN 357 of 1964,

GN 477 of 1964,

GN 478 of 1964,

GN 497 of 1964.

   (1) The subordinate court presided over by the Senior Resident Magistrate, Lusaka.

Within all districts within the Central Province, the Eastern Province, the Southern Province and the Western Province.

   (2) The subordinate court presided over by the Senior Resident Magistrate, Ndola.

Within all districts within the Copperbelt Province, the Northern Province and the Luapula Province.

   (3) The subordinate court presided over by the Senior Resident Magistrate, Kitwe.

Within all districts within the Copperbelt Province, the North-Western Province, the Northern Province and the Luapula Province.

   (4) The subordinate court presided over by the Senior Resident Magistrate, Livingstone.

Within all Districts within the Southern Province and the Western Province.

   (5) The subordinate court presided over by the Senior Resident Magistrate, Mansa.

Within all Districts within the Luapula Province, the Northern Province and the Copperbelt Province.

   (6) The subordinate court presided over by the Senior Resident Magistrate, Mongu.

Within all districts within the Western Province, the Southern Province and the North-Western Province.

   (7) The subordinate court presided over by the Senior Resident Magistrate, Kasama.

Within all Districts within the Luapula Province and the Northern Province.

LIMITS OF JURISDICTION OF SUBORDINATE COURTS PRESIDED OVER BY RESIDENT MAGISTRATES

[Section 4]

[Directions by the Chief Justice]

GN 184 of 1957,

GN 34 of 1958,

GN 131 of 1958,

GN 307 of 1958,

GN 73 of 1959,

GN 168 of 1960,

GN 368 of 1961,

GN 497 of 1964.

SI 4 of 2000.

   (1) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Livingstone.

Within all districts within the Southern Province, the Central Province and the Western Province.

   (2) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Lusaka.

Within all districts within the Central Province, the Southern Province and the Eastern Province.

   (3) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Kabwe.

Within all districts within the Central Province, the Eastern Province, the Copperbelt Province, the Northern Province and the Luapula Province.

   (4) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Ndola.

Within all districts within the Copperbelt Province, the Northern Province, the Luapula Province, the North-Western Province and the Central Province.

   (5) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Luanshya.

Within all districts within the Copperbelt Province, the Northern Province, the Luapula Province, the North-Western Province and the Central Province.

   (6) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Kitwe.

Within all districts within the Copperbelt Province, the Northern Province, the Luapula Province, the North-Western Province and the Central Province.

   (7) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Mufulira.

Within all districts within the Copperbelt Province, the Northern Province, the Luapula Province, the North-Western Province and the Central Province.

   (8) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Chingola.

Within all districts within the Copperbelt Province, the North-Western Province, the Northern Province and the Luapula Province.

<IN:LF:0.375,FI:0.25>   (9) <FT:Verdana,SN>The Subordinate Court Presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Chipata.Within all Districts within the Eastern Province, the Central Province and Northern Province.

[Rule 9 subs by rule 2 of SI 4 of 2000.]

   (10) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Choma.

Within all Districts within the Southern Province and the Western Province.

   (11) The subordinate court presided over by the Resident Magistrate, Mansa.

Within all districts within the Luapula Province, the Northern Province and the Copperbelt Province.

SEALS

[Section 9]

GN 322 of 1961.

[Direction by the Chief Justice]

Subordinate courts shall use seals which are round in shape and which produce on paper a raised impression of the words “subordinate court” followed by the name of a place within the jurisdiction of each respective court.

COURT HOUSES

[Section 10]

[Notices by the Chief Justice]

GN 27 of 1934,

GN 84 of 1958,

GN 371 of 1958,

GN 21 of 1959,

GN 82 of 1961,

GN 161 of 1961,

GN 3 of 1962,

GN 41 of 1962,

GN 86 of 1962,

GN 382 of 1964,

SI 421 of 1965,

SI 381 of 1967,

SI 303 of 1968.

The buildings hitherto used as subordinate courts.

Court House, Chililabombwe.

The building situate on Plot No. 25, Chililabombwe.

Court House, Chingola.

The building known as the subordinate court situate on Plot No. 377, Kitwe Road, Chingola.

Court House, Chinsali.

The building known as the subordinate court situate at the rear of the buildings erected on Plot No. P.2, Chinsali.

Court House, Choma.

The subordinate court situate on the north-east corner of Plot No. 14, Choma.

Court House, Isoka.

The building known as the subordinate court situate within the precincts of the Boma, Isoka.

Court House, Kabwe.

Plot No. 1229, Broadway, Kabwe.

Court House, Kalulushi.

The building known as the subordinate court adjoining the precincts of the Boma, Kalulushi.

Court House, Kasama.

Within the precincts of the new Boma, Kasama.

Court House, Kawambwa.

The building known as the subordinate court situate on Plot No. U.23 adjacent to the Boma, Kawambwa.

Court Houses, Kitwe.

Court no. 1 and court no. 2 situate at the subordinate court building, Drury Lane, Kitwe.

Court no. 3 and court no. 4 situate in the precincts of the old Boma building, Canberra Avenue, Kitwe.

Court Houses, Lusaka.

The subordinate courts situate in Jubilee Drive, Lusaka, and at the Boma, Lusaka.

Court House, Mansa.

Adjacent to the new Boma, Mansa.

Court House, Mbala.

The building known as the subordinate court situate at the rear of the buildings erected on plot No. 215, Mbala.

Court House, Mongu.

Situated on an unnumbered plot in Mongu Township between the Post Office and the Old Parade Ground.

Court House, Sesheke.

The building known as the subordinate court situate within the precincts of the Boma, Sesheke.

Court House, Solwezi.

The building known as the subordinate court adjoining the Boma, Solwezi.

Court House, Zambezi.

The building known as the subordinate court situate within the precincts of the Boma, Plot No. 3411, Zambezi.

SITTINGS

[Section 25]

[Direction by the Chief Justice]

GN 26 of 1934,

GN 497 of 1964.

Ordinarily at the headquarters of the provinces and districts of Zambia.

SUBORDINATE COURTS (CIVIL JURISDICTION) RULES

[Section 57]

[Re-denominate the currency as stipulated under S 4 of Re-denomination Act, 8 of 2012, read with Bank of Zambia Act, 43 of 1996.]

Arrangement of Rules

   Rule

   1.   Title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Orders

      FIRST SCHEDULE

      SECOND SCHEDULE

      THIRD SCHEDULE

      FOURTH SCHEDULE

GN 212 of 1940,

GN 141 of 1943,

GN 244 of 1944,

GN 166 of 1950,

GN 175 of 1950,

GN 313 of 1952,

GN 314 of 1952,

GN 253 of 1954,

GN 23 of 1958,

GN 81 of 1958,

GN 94 of 1958,

GN 135 of 1959,

GN 306 of 1959,

GN 137 of 1960,

GN 323 of 1960,

GN 247 of 1961,

GN 341 of 1962,

GN 180 of 1964,

GN 208 of 1964,

GN 445 of 1964,

GN 497 of 1964,

SI 22 of 1964,

SI 63 of 1964,

SI 155 of 1968,

SI 342 of 1968,

SI 91 of 1980,

SI 104 of 1986,

SI 175 of 1990,

SI 48 of 1995,

SI 87 of 1997,

SI 22 OF 2001,

SI 29 OF 2012,

Act 57 of 1964.

[Rules by the Chief Justice]

 

1.   Title

These rules may be cited as the Subordinate Courts (Civil Jurisdiction) Rules.

 

2.   Interpretation

In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires—

“appellate court” means the High Court;

“court” means a subordinate court;

“legal representative” means any person who is authorised by any written law to represent or appear on behalf of any party to a legal proceeding;

“prescribed” means prescribed by these Rules;

“the Registrar” means the Registrar of the High Court and includes any District Registrar or Assistant Registrar of the High Court.

[Am by GN 445 of 1964.]

 

3.   Orders

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,3,NM,NO>These rules are divided into the following orders—

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order I 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>General forms of process, fees, etc. 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order II 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Computation of time 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order III 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Miscellaneous provisions 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order IV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Employment of Barristers and Solicitors 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order V 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Evidence 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order VI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Form and commencement of suit 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order VII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Service of process 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order VIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Parties 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order IX 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Particulars of claim 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order X 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Guardian for purposes of suit 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Alteration of parties 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Third party procedure 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Discontinuance of suits 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XIV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Place of trial and institution of suits 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Amendment 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XVI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Admissions 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XVII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Settlement of issues 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XVIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Pleadings 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XIX 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Inquiries and accounts 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XX 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Appearance of parties 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Arrest of absconding defendant 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Interim attachment of property 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Interim injunctions, etc 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXIV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Equitable relief, counter-claim, set-off 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Tender and payment into court 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXVI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Interrogatories. Discovery and production of documents 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXVII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Motions 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXVIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Listing of causes for hearing 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXIX 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Postponement of hearing 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXX 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Sittings of court 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Non-attendance of parties at hearing 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Proceedings on the return day 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Default procedure 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXIV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Proceedings at the hearing 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Judgment 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXVI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Recording of judgments 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXVII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Affiliation and Maintenance of Children Act 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXVIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Review 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XXXIX 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Costs 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XL 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Enforcement of orders 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XLI 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Execution 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XLII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Composition orders 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XLIII 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Reference to arbitration 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XLIV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Appeals 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Order XLV 

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>Recovery of costs by legal practitioners <TS:0.197222,NM,NO,1.5,NM,NO>

ORDER I
GENERAL FORMS OF PROCESS, FEES, ETC.

 

1.   Interpretation

In this order, “proper officer of the court” means any Magistrate exercising jurisdiction in that court, any clerk of the court acting under the provisions of section 34 of the Act or any officer appointed in writing as such by any Magistrate exercising jurisdiction in the particular court.

 

2.   Sealing writs

The sealing of any writ or process shall not be necessary in addition to the signature of a Magistrate or clerk of the court, as the case may be, unless sealing is particularly prescribed by some written law or rule of court.

 

3.   Forms

The forms in the First Schedule, or forms to the like effect, may be used in all matters, causes and proceedings to which they are applicable, with such variations as circumstances may require.

 

4.   Provision for additional forms

In proceedings for which forms are not provided in the First Schedule or prescribed by any Act or rules or orders of court, the Registrar may, subject to the approval of the Chief Justice, from time to time, frame the forms required, using as guides those which may have been provided.

 

5.   Fees

The fees prescribed in the Second Schedule shall be paid by the party at whose instance they are incurred, and may afterwards be recovered as costs of cause if the court shall so order. The court may, on account of the poverty of any party, although such party may not have been formally admitted to sue or defend as a pauper, or for other sufficient reasons, dispense, if it sees fit, with the payment of any fees. Where the court so dispenses with the payment of fees, a note to the effect shall be made and signed by the Magistrate and filed by the clerk of the court.

 

6.   Mode of payment of fees

All court fees or any other fees payable under these rules shall be paid by stamps, cash, postal order or bank certified cheque.

[Am by SI 48 of 1995; 87 of 1997.]

 

7.   Document to be stamped

The document to be stamped shall be the document indicated in the third column of the Second Schedule. Such document shall be stamped before presentation at the office of the court and, unless so stamped, such document shall not, except as aforesaid, be accepted.

 

8.   Cancellation of stamps

Upon receipt of any such document, the proper officer of the court shall forthwith cancel such revenue stamps by means of impressing with indelible ink partly upon each and every such stamp and partly upon the document to which they are affixed, the stamp of the court with the true date of such impression and by writing his initials across or within the impression in such a manner that the stamps are clearly defaced.

 

9.   No receipt to be issued

No receipt shall be issued by the court or any officer thereof in respect of revenue stamps required to be affixed under these rules.

 

10.    Duty of officers

The proper officer of the court, whose duty it is to receive any document requiring to be stamped hereunder, shall ensure that each and every such document is sufficiently and properly stamped before accepting the same.

 

11.   Refund of value in certain cases

      (1) When any document not requiring to be stamped is inadvertently stamped or when stamps to a value in excess of those laid down in the Second Schedule are inadvertently affixed or such document is not presented to or is not accepted for filing by the court, the document may, at the instance of the party by whom it was so stamped, be cancelled and substituted by one bearing the correct value of stamps.

      (2) Refunds to the value of the stamps affixed to any document cancelled under the provisions of sub-rule (1) may be made by the proper officer of the court to the party responsible for the stamping thereof:

Provided that—

      (i)   application is made to the proper officer of the court within thirty days of the date of cancellation of such document; and

      (ii)   the application is accompanied by the cancelled document which shall be attached by the proper officer of the court to the voucher in support of the refund and shall thenceforth be the property of the Government.

[Am by SI 63 of 1964.]

 

12.   Witnesses’ and assessors’ allowances and expenses

Allowances and expenses of witnesses and assessors shall be as set forth in the Third Schedule.

 

13.   Scale of costs

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,0.39375,NM,NO,0.590278,NM,NO,0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO,5.625,NM,NO>Except as otherwise provided by these rules, costs shall be allowed to legal practitioners and taxed in accordance with the scale of costs set forth in the Fourth Schedule.

[Am by GN 166 of 1950; 208 of 1964.]

 

14.   Electronic documents Act No. 21 of 2009

   (1) Subject to section 5 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2009, where under these Rules any process, notice, record or other document is required to be in writing, such process or document may be in electronic or hard copy format, as applicable.

   (2) Where any process, notice, record or other document is required to be served under these Rules, it may be served in electronic or hard copy format, as applicable.

[Rule 14 ins by rule 2 of SI 29 of 2012.]

ORDER II
COMPUTATION OF TIME

 

1.   How to be made

Where, by any section of the Act, or any order or rule of court, or any special order, or the course of the court, any limited time from or after any date or event is appointed or allowed for the doing of any act or the taking of any proceeding, and such time is not limited by hours, the following rules shall apply—

Commencement of a limited time

      (a)   the limited time shall not include the day of the date or of the happening of the event, but shall commence at the beginning of the day next following that day;

When act to be done

      (b)   the act or proceeding must be done or taken at latest on the last day of the limited time;

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

      (c)   when the limited time is less than six days, the following days shall not be reckoned as part of the time, namely, Saturdays, Sundays and any public holidays;

Time expiring on Saturday, Sunday or holiday

      (d)   when the time expires on one of those days, the act or proceedings shall be considered as done or taken in due time, if it is done or taken on the next day afterwards, not being one of those days.

[Am by SI 22 of 1964.]

 

2.   Enlargement or abridgement of time

Parties may, by consent, enlarge or abridge any of the times fixed for taking any step, or filing any document, or giving any notice, in any suit. Where such consent cannot be obtained, either party may apply to the court for an order to effect the object sought to have been obtained with the consent of the other party, and such order may be made although the application for the order is not made until after the expiration of the time allowed or appointed.

ORDER III
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

 

1.   Public or private sittings of court

The sittings of the court for the hearing of causes and matters shall ordinarily be public; but the court may, for reasons to be recorded in writing, hear any particular cause or matter in the presence only of the parties, with their legal advisers, if any, and the officers of the court.

 

2.   What orders to be made

Subject to any particular rules, the court may, in all causes and matters, make any interlocutory order which it considers necessary for doing justice, whether such order has been expressly asked by the person entitled to the benefit of the order or not.

 

3.   Consolidation of causes

Causes or matters pending in the court may, by order of the court, be consolidated, and the court shall give any directions that may be necessary as to the conduct of the consolidated actions.

 

4.   Interpreter

If, in any cause or matter, any party, witness or other person is unable to speak or understand the English language, the court may direct a fit and proper person to attend and interpret the proceedings so far as may be necessary. Before so interpreting, such person shall swear an oath in the following form—

“I swear that I will well and truly interpret and explanation make of all such matters and things as shall be required of me to the best of my skill and understanding. So help me God.”

 

5.   Receipts

Save where any fee is required to be taken hereunder by means of adhesive revenue stamps—

      (a)   when any fee is payable in respect of a document, the officer of the court authorised to receive such fee shall make and initial upon the document an endorsement showing the fee paid and the number of the receipt recording the payment;

      (b)   the officer whose duty it is to receive any fee for any matter or thing done or performed shall, before doing or performing such matter or thing, ensure that the proper fee is paid or a sufficient sum of money provided.

ORDER IV
EMPLOYMENT OF BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS

 

1.   Change of practitioners during the hearing of a cause or matter

A party suing or defending by a barrister or solicitor in any cause or matter shall be at liberty to change his solicitor in such cause or matter, without an order for that purpose, upon notice of such change being filed in the office of the clerk of the court in which such cause or matter may be proceeding. But, until such notice is filed and a copy served, the former solicitor shall be considered the solicitor of the party until final judgment, unless allowed by the court, for any special reason, to cease from acting therein; but such solicitor shall not be bound, except under express agreement or unless re-engaged, to take any proceedings in relation to any appeal from such judgment.

 

2.   Liability to pay costs

   (1) When it shall appear to the court that any civil cause or matter has been commenced or carried on maliciously or without probable grounds, and the party by whom or on whose behalf such cause or matter has been so commenced or carried on has been represented therein by a barrister or solicitor who had knowledge of such malice or lack of probable grounds, or if it shall appear that any barrister or solicitor has, by any sort of deceit, induced his client to enter into or continue any litigation, every such barrister or solicitor shall, on failure of his client to pay any costs which he may be ordered to pay, be liable, if the court so orders, to pay the amount thereof to the party to whom costs are given. Such failure shall be deemed to have taken place if the client shall have refused or neglected to make payment after a demand has been made on him, although no process of execution may have been issued against him.

   (2) This rule shall not be construed to restrict the liability of any barrister or solicitor in respect of the misconduct referred to in sub-rule (1) or any other misconduct for which he would otherwise be punishable or in respect of which he would otherwise be subject to any liability.

ORDER V
EVIDENCE

I - EXCLUSION OF WITNESSES

 

1.   Ordering witnesses out of court

On the application of either party, or on its own motion, the court may order witnesses on both sides to be kept out of court; but this rule does not extend to the parties themselves or to their professional representatives, although intended to be called as witnesses.

 

2.   Preventing communication with witnesses

The court may, during any trial, take such means as it considers necessary and proper for preventing communication with witnesses who are within the court house or its precincts awaiting examination.

II - DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE

 

3.   Entries in books of account

Entries in books of account, kept in the course of business with such a reasonable degree of regularity as shall be satisfactory to the court, shall be admissible in evidence whenever they refer to a matter into which the court has to inquire, but shall not alone be sufficient evidence to charge any person with liability.

 

4.   Government Gazettes

Any Government Gazette of any British Dominion, colony or protectorate or any territory in respect of which Her Britannic Majesty has accepted a mandate may be proved by the bare production thereof before the court.

[Am by SI 63 of 1964.]

 

5.   Proof of proclamations, etc.

All Proclamations, Acts of State, whether legislative or executive, nominations, appointments, and other official communications of the Government, appearing in any Gazette referred to in the last preceding rule, may be proved by the production of such Gazette, and shall be prima facie proof of any fact of a public nature which they were intended to notify.

 

6.   Books of science, maps, charts, etc.

On matters of public history, literature, science or art, the court may refer, if it shall think fit, for the purposes of evidence, to such published books, maps or charts as the court shall consider to be of authority on the subject to which they relate.

 

7.   Foreign law

Books printed or published under the authority of the government of a foreign country and purporting to contain the statutes, code or other written law of such country, and also printed and published books of reports of the decisions of the COURTS of such country, and books proved to be commonly admitted in such courts as evidence of the law of such country, shall be admissible as evidence of the law of such country.

 

8.    Public maps

All maps made under the authority of any government or of any public municipal body, and not made for the purpose of any litigated question, shall prima facie be deemed to be correct, and shall be admitted in evidence without further proof.

 

9.   Examined or certified copies of documents admissible in evidence

Whenever any book or other document is of such a public nature as to be admissible in evidence on its mere production from the proper custody, and no Act or statute exists which renders its contents provable by means of a copy, any copy thereof or extract therefrom shall be admissible in evidence if it purports to be signed and certified as a true copy or extract by the officer to whose custody the original is entrusted.

 

10.   Production of documents without giving evidence

Any person, whether a party or not in a cause or matter, may be summoned to produce a document without being summoned to give evidence; and, if he cause such document to be produced in court, the court may dispense with his personal attendance.

III - AFFIDAVITS

 

11.   Affidavits to be filed

Before an affidavit is used in the court for any purpose, the original shall be filed in the court, and the original or an office copy shall alone be recognised for any purpose in the court.

 

12.   Not to be sworn before certain persons

An affidavit shall not be admitted which is proved to have been sworn before a person on whose behalf the same is offered, or before his solicitor, or before a partner or clerk of his solicitor.

 

13.   Defective in form

The court may permit an affidavit to be used, notwithstanding it is defective in form according to these rules, if the court is satisfied that it has been sworn before a person duly authorised.

 

14.   Amendment and reswearing

A defective or erroneous affidavit may be amended and re-sworn, by leave of the court, on such terms as to time, costs or otherwise as seem reasonable.

 

15.   No extraneous matter

An affidavit shall not contain extraneous matter by way of objection or prayer or legal argument or conclusion.

 

16.   Contents of affidavits

Every affidavit used in the court shall contain only a statement of facts and circumstances to which the witness deposes, either of his own personal knowledge or from information which he believes to be true.

 

17.   Grounds of belief to be stated

When a witness deposes to his belief in any matter of fact, and his belief is derived from any source other than his own personal knowledge, he shall set forth explicitly the facts and circumstances forming the ground of his belief.

 

18.   Informant to be named

When the belief of a witness is derived from information received from another person, the name of his informant shall be stated, and reasonable particulars shall be given respecting the informant, and the time, place and circumstances of the information.

 

19.   Copies of exhibits

Where any document referred to in an affidavit and exhibited thereto is a hand-written document, other than a statement of account, book of account or extract therefrom, there shall also be exhibited therewith a typewritten or printed copy thereof certified in such affidavit to be a true and correct copy of the original.

 

20.   Rules in taking affidavits

The following rules shall be observed by Commissioners and others before whom affidavits are taken—

      (a)   To be properly entitled

Every affidavit taken in a cause or matter shall be headed in the court and in the cause or matter;

      (b)   Description of witness

It shall state the full name, trade or profession, residence and nationality of the witness;

      (c)   In first person

It shall be in the first person and divided into convenient paragraphs, numbered consecutively;

      (d)   Erasures, etc., to be attested

Any erasure, interlineation or alteration made before the affidavit is sworn shall be attested by the Commissioner, who shall affix his signature or initials in the margin immediately opposite to the interlineation, alteration or erasure;

      (e)   If improperly written

Where an affidavit proposed to be sworn is illegible or difficult to read, or is, in the judgment of the Commissioner, so written as to facilitate fraudulent alteration, he may refuse to swear the witness and require the affidavit to be re-written in an unobjectionable manner;

      (f)   Witness to sign

The affidavit shall be signed by the witness (or, if he cannot write, marked by him with his mark) in the presence of the Commissioner;

      (g)   Form of jurat

The jurat shall be written, without interlineation, alteration or erasure (unless the same be initialed by the Commissioner), immediately at the foot of the affidavit, and towards the left side of the paper, and shall be signed by the Commissioner.

Date and place— It shall state the date of the swearing and the place where it is sworn.

In presence of Commissioner— It shall state that the affidavit was sworn before the Commissioner or other officer taking the same.

Illiterate or blind witness— Where the witness is illiterate or blind, it shall state the fact, and that the affidavit was read over (or translated into his own language in the case of a witness not having sufficient knowledge of English), and that the witness appeared to understand it.

Marksmen:

Where the witness makes a mark instead of signing, the jurat shall state that fact, and that the mark was made in the presence of the Commissioner.

Joint affidavit:

Where two or more persons join in making an affidavit, their several names shall be written in the jurat, and it shall appear by the jurat that each of them has been sworn to the truth of the several matters stated by him in the affidavit;

      (h)   If affidavit altered, to be re-sworn

The Commissioner shall not allow an affidavit, when sworn, to be altered in any manner without being re-sworn;

      (i)   New jurat

If the jurat has been added and signed, the Commissioner shall add a new jurat on the affidavit being re-sworn; and, in the new jurat, he shall mention the alteration;

      (j)   New affidavit

The Commissioner may refuse to allow the affidavit to be re-sworn, and may require a fresh affidavit;

      (k)   Declarations without oath

The Commissioner may take, without oath, the declaration of any person affirming that the taking of any oath whatsoever is, according to his religious belief, unlawful, or who, by reason of immature age or want of religious belief, ought not, in the opinion of the Commissioner, to be admitted to make a sworn statement. The Commissioner shall record in the attestation the reason of such declaration being taken without oath;

      (l)   Certificate on exhibit

Every certificate on an exhibit referred to in an affidavit signed by the Commissioner before whom the affidavit is sworn shall be marked with the short title of the cause or matter.

[Am by GN 135 of 1959.]

IV - OBJECTIONS TO EVIDENCE

 

21.   When to be made

In every cause or matter, and at every stage thereof, any objection to the reception of evidence by a party affected thereby shall be made at the time the evidence is offered:

Provided that an appellate court may, in its discretion, entertain any objection to evidence received in the court below, though not objected to at the time it was offered.

 

22.   Where question objected to

Where a question proposed to be put to a witness is objected to, the court, unless the objection appears frivolous, shall, if required by either party, take note of the question and objection, and mention on the notes whether the question was allowed to be put or not and, if put, the answer to it.

 

23.   Marking of rejected documents

Where a document is produced and tendered in evidence and rejected by the court, the document shall be marked as having been so tendered and rejected.

V - TAKING OF EVIDENCE

 

24.   Evidence of witnesses, how taken

In the absence of any agreement between the parties, and subject to these rules, the witnesses at the trial of any suit shall be examined viva voce and in open court; but the court may, at any time, <FT:Verdana,SN>receive evidence of a witness by audio-visual technology from a source within or outside Zambia, or, order that any particular fact or facts may be proved by affidavit, or that the affidavit of any witness may be read at the hearing or trial, on such conditions as the court may think reasonable, or that any witness whose attendance in the court ought, for some sufficient cause, to be dispensed with be examined by interrogatories or otherwise before an officer of the court or other person:

Provided that, where it appears to the court that the other party bona fide desires the production of a witness for cross-examination, and that such witness can be produced, an order shall not be made authorising the evidence of such witness to be given by affidavit.

[Rule 24 am by rule 3 of SI 29 of 2012.]

 

25.   Admission of affidavits

In any suit, the court may, in its discretion, if the interests of justice appear so to require (for reasons to be recorded in the minutes of the proceedings), admit an affidavit in evidence, although it is shown that the party against whom the affidavit is offered in evidence has had no opportunity of cross-examining the person making the affidavit.

 

26.   Evidence on commission

The court may, in any suit where it shall appear necessary for the purpose of justice, make any order for the examination, before any officer of the court or other person, and at any place, of any witness or person, and may order any deposition so taken to be filed in the court, and may empower any party to any such suit to give such deposition in evidence therein on such terms, if any, as the court may direct.

 

27.   How to be taken

Evidence on commission, when not directed to be taken upon interrogatories previously settled, shall be taken, as nearly as may be, as evidence at the hearing of a suit, and then the notes of the evidence shall be read over to the witness and be signed by him. If the witness refuses to sign the notes of evidence, the officer of the court or other person shall add a note of his refusal, and the statement may be used as if he had signed it.

 

28.   Evidence before suit instituted

Evidence may be taken in like manner, on the application of any person, before suit instituted, where it is shown to the satisfaction of the court on oath that the person applying has good reason to apprehend that a suit will be instituted against him in the court, and that some person within the jurisdiction at the time of the application can give material evidence respecting the subject of the apprehended suit, but that he is about to leave the jurisdiction, or that, from some other cause, the person applying will lose the benefit of his evidence if it be not at once taken; and the evidence so taken may be used at the hearing, subject to just exceptions:

Provided always that the court may impose any terms or conditions with reference to the examination of such witness, and the admission of his evidence, as to the court may seem reasonable.

 

29.   Facilities for proving deed, etc.

Any party desiring to give in evidence any deed or other instrument which shows upon the face of it that it has been duly executed may deliver to the opposite party, not less than four clear days before the return date, a notice in writing specifying the date and nature of and the parties to such deed or instrument, and requiring the opposite party to admit that the same was executed as it purports to have been, saving all just exceptions as to its admissibility, validity and contents; and if, at or before the hearing of the suit, the party so notified shall neglect or refuse to give such admission, the court may adjourn the hearing in order to enable the party tendering such deed or instrument to obtain proof of the due execution thereof, and, upon production of such proof, the court may order the costs of such proof to be paid by the party so neglecting or refusing, whether he be the successful party or not.

ORDER VI
FORM AND COMMENCEMENT OF SUIT

 

1.   Commencement by writ of summons

Except where otherwise by law provided, every suit shall be commenced by writ of summons issued by the clerk of the court.

 

2.   Preparation of writ of summons

   (1) The writ shall be prepared by the plaintiff or his legal represnentative save that where the plaintiff is—

      (a)   illiterate or for some other good reason unable to prepare the writ himself; and

      (b)   unable from lack of means or other good cause to instruct a legal representative;

the clerk of the court or the Magistrate or any District Secretary or Assistant District Secretary may prepare the writ on payment by the plaintiff of the prescribed fee.

   (2) The writ shall be signed by the plaintiff or by his legal representative as such:

Provided that, if the plaintiff be unable to sign his name, it shall be sufficient if he shall affix his mark to the writ in the presence of the Magistrate or the clerk of the court who shall thereupon certify the said mark as being that of the plaintiff made in his presence.

[Am by GN 445 of 1964.]

 

3.   Form and context of writ of summons

   (1) Every writ of summons shall be in such one of the prescribed forms in the First Schedule or forms to the like effect as may be applicable to the case with such variations as circumstances may require.

   (2) Every writ shall contain the full name, <FT:Verdana,SN>postal and electronic mail address, if any and place of abode of the plaintiff and the name and address of his legal representative, if any, the full name, <FT:Verdana,SN>postal and electronic mail address, if any and place of abode of the defendant so far as these be known to the plaintiff, and the nature of the plaintiff’s claim, particulars of which shall be set out as nearly as may be in accordance with the provisions of order IX; and if either the plaintiff or the defendant be a married woman, that fact shall be stated in the writ.[First Schedule, Form 2 or 3]

[Rule 3 am by GN 155 of 1968, rule 4(a) of SI 29 of 2012.]

 

4.   Affidavit

   (1) When the claim is in respect of a debt or liquidated demand, the plaintiff may file a default writ of summons in the prescribed form, or a form to the like effect, and at the time of the filing of such default writ of summons shall file an affidavit verifying such debt or demand and thereupon such affidavit shall, for the purpose of service upon the defendant, be treated in all ways as part of such default writ of summons. [First Schedule, Form 3]

   (2) There shall be attached to every default writ of summons a form of Admission Defence and counter-claim in the prescribed form and such form shall for the purposes of service upon the defendant be treated in all ways as part of such default writ of summons. [First Schedule, Form 5]

 

5.   Issue of writ of summons

   (1) Every writ shall be issued by the clerk of the court who shall sign the same and endorse thereon the date of issue <FT:Verdana,SN>and cause to be entered on the Register both an electronic and hard copy of the writ.

[Rule 5(1) am by rule 4(b)(i) of SI 29 of 2012.]

   (2) Except in the case of a default writ of summons the <FT:Verdana,SN>magistrate, allocated the case shall, before the writ is issued, endorse thereon the place of hearing, the time of hearing and the date of hearing (hereinafter called the “return day”).

[Rule 5(2) am by GN 155 of 1968; rule 4(b)(ii) of SI 29 of 2012.]

 

6.   Return day

   (1) The return day fixed by the magistrate shall be such as to permit personal or electronic service being effected on the defendant and as to permit further the defendant having a reasonable time within which to comply with the provisions of these Rules in the event of the defendant wishing to defend the suit.

<FT:Verdana,SN> [Rule 6(1) subs by rule 4(c)(i) of SI 29 of 2012.]

   (2) First Schedule, Form 9

The clerk of the court shall inform the plaintiff in writing <FT:Verdana,SN>or by electronic means, of the date of the return day: [First Schedule, Form 9]

Provided that it shall be deemed to be sufficient compliance with this requirement if he shall endorse the return day on any copy of the writ retained by the plaintiff and shall initial the same.

[Rule 6(2) am by rule 4(c)(ii) of SI 29 of 2012.]

 

7.   Alteration of return day

   (1) Where the court messenger shall have in his custody any writ of summons of which he is required to effect personal service and shall fail to effect service not less than five clear days before the return day, he shall forthwith return the writ to the clerk of the court who shall, subject to any directions by the Magistrate in this behalf, fix another return day and endorse the same on the writ. [O.6, 7]

   (2) Where in pursuance of this rule the clerk of the court shall fix another return day, he shall forthwith inform the plaintiff or his legal representative of the same in writing and of the reasons therefor so far as the same be known to him and shall forthwith take such steps as he may consider fit to have the writ served. [First Schedule, Form 10]

   (3) If the writ be not served not less than five clear days before the new return day, the court messenger in whose custody it is shall again return it to the clerk of the court who shall fix yet another return day and endorse the same on the writ and this shall be done from time to time, so often as may be necessary, until service be effected not less than five clear days before the last fixed return day:

Provided that on every occasion on which he shall alter the return day, the clerk of the court shall so inform the plaintiff or his legal representative in writing.

[Am by GN 155 of 1968.]

 

8.   Division of causes of action

It shall not be lawful for any plaintiff to divide any cause of action for the purpose of bringing two or more actions, but any plaintiff having a cause of action in excess of the amount for which an action might be brought in any court may abandon the excess and, on proving his case, recover such amount; and the judgment of the court in respect of that amount shall be in full discharge of all demands in respect of such cause of action, and entry of the judgment shall be made accordingly.

ORDER VII
SERVICE OF PROCESS

 

1.   Service may be effected by any person

   (1) Personal service of a petition, notice, summons, order or other document of which service is required may be made by any person.

   (2) Any person serving any document shall, on the request of the party served, explain to such party the contents of such document. Document to be explained

 

2.   When proof shall be oral or by affidavit [O.7 First Schedule, Form 11]

Except where service is effected by a court messenger, proof of service shall be oral or by affidavit, and the court, if not satisfied that service has been properly effected, may direct that it be effected by a court messenger before proceeding further with the hearing of the cause or matter:

Provided that, where it shall have been ordered that service be by registered post, such service shall, in the absence of anything to the contrary, be deemed to have been effected on production to the court of a certificate purporting to be under the hand of the defendant and obtained in terms of the regulations made under the Postal Services Act that the letter containing the document has been received by him.

 

3.   Service to be personal

Unless, in any case, the court thinks it just and expedient otherwise to direct, service shall be personal; that is, the document to be served shall be delivered to the person to be served himself.

 

4.   Original need not be shown

Service shall be completely effected by the delivery of a duplicate or attested copy of any document, without the exhibition of any original:

Provided that the person serving any document shall, if so required by the person to be served, exhibit to him the original of the document in question.

 

5.   Service other than personal

Where it appears to the court (either after or without an attempt at personal service) that, for any reason, personal service cannot be conveniently effected, the court may order that service be effected either—

      (a)   delivery to inmate

by delivery of the document to some adult inmate at the usual or last known place of abode or business of the person to be served; or

      (b)   to agent

by delivery thereof to some person being an agent of the person to be served, or to some other person, on it being proved that there is reasonable probability that the document will, through that agent or other person, come to the knowledge of the person to be served; or

      (c)   by advertisement

by advertisement in the Gazette, or in some newspaper circulating within the jurisdiction of the court; or

      (d)   by notice

by notice up at the court house, or some other place of public resort, of the province or district wherein the proceeding in respect of which the service is to be made is instituted, or at the usual or last known place of abode or of business of the person to be served; or

      (e)   by placing the document in an envelope and addressing and posting the same by prepaid registered post to the party to be served at his usual place of abode or of business.

 

6.   Varying order of service

An order for service may be varied from time to time with respect to the mode of service directed by the order.

 

7.   Dies non

Service of any process shall not be made on a Sunday, Good Friday or Christmas Day.

 

8.   Service on Government officers [O.7]

When the party to be served is in the service of the Government, the clerk of the court may transmit the document to be served to the head officer of the department in which such party is employed, for the purpose of being served on him, if it shall appear to the court that it may be most conveniently so served, and such head officer shall cause the same to be served on the proper party accordingly, and the person effecting such service shall be deemed to be a court messenger for the purposes of these rules.

 

9.   On partners

   (1) Where partners are sued in the name of their firm, the writ or other document shall be served either upon any one or more of the partners, or at the principal place of business of the partnership upon any person having, at the time of service, the control or management of the partnership business there; and such service shall be deemed good service upon the firm.

   (2) Where a writ is issued against a firm, every person upon whom it is served shall be informed by notice in writing given at the time of such service whether he is served as a partner or as a person having the control or management of the partnership business, or in both characters. In default of such notice, the person served shall be deemed to be served as a partner.

 

10.   On prisoner

Where the person on whom service is to be effected is a prisoner in a prison, it shall be sufficient service to deliver the writ or document at the prison to the gaoler or person appearing to be the head officer in charge thereof, who shall cause the same to be served on such prisoner.

 

11.   On person in asylum or prison

Where the person on whom service is to be effected is employed and dwells in any lunatic or other public asylum or in any prison, it shall be sufficient service to deliver the writ or document to the gatekeeper or lodgekeeper of such asylum or prison, who shall cause the same to be served on such person.

 

12.   Where defendant resides out of but carries on business within Zambia

Where the suit is against a defendant residing out of but carrying on business within Zambia in his own name, or under the name of a firm, through an authorised agent, and such suit is limited to a cause of action which arose within the jurisdiction of the court, the writ or document may be served by giving it to such agent, and such service shall be equivalent to personal service on the defendant.

13.   When court may direct service out of Zambia [O.7]

Service out of Zambia may be allowed by the court whenever the whole or any part of the subject-matter of the suit is land or stock or other property situate within its jurisdiction, or any act, deed or thing affecting such land, stock or property; and whenever the contract which is sought to be enforced or rescinded, dissolved, annulled or otherwise affected in any such suit, or for the breach whereof damages or other relief are or is demanded in such suit, was made or entered into within its jurisdiction; and whenever there has been a breach within its jurisdiction of any contract, wherever made; and whenever any act or thing sought to be restrained or removed, or for which damages are sought to be recovered, was or is to be done or is situate within its jurisdiction.

 

14.   Application for leave to serve out of Zambia

Every application for an order for leave to serve a writ or document on a defendant out of Zambia shall be supported by evidence, by affidavit or otherwise, showing in what place or country such defendant is or probably may be found, and the grounds upon which the application is made.

 

15.   Order to prescribe mode of service

Any order giving leave for service out of Zambia shall prescribe the mode of service and the date of hearing, and the court may receive an affidavit of such service having been effected as prima facie evidence thereof.

 

16.   Service in another district

Where a writ or other document is required to be served in a district in which the court has no jurisdiction, the clerk of the court from whose office the writ or other document is issued shall, unless the Magistrate sees fit to direct otherwise, transmit the same and a copy thereof together with any other documents annexed thereto and copies thereof, to the clerk of the court having jurisdiction in the district in question for service.

 

17.   Where violence threatened

Where the officer of court or person charged with the service of any writ or document on any person is prevented by the violence or threats of such person, or any other person in concert with him, from personally serving the writ or document, it shall be sufficient to inform the person to be served of the nature of the writ or document, and to leave the writ or document as near such person as is practicable.

 

17A.   Electronic service of documents

   (1) Where a document referred to in order 1 is filed electronically, the service of such document by electronic means shall be deemed to be personal service.

   (2) Where a document is served electronically, the transmission shall contain a notice, in writing, explaining the contents of such document.

   (3) Where a document has been served electronically---

      (a)   the document shall be deemed to have been received when it arrives at the server for incoming communications in connection with which the user identification or signature of the person to be served is associated; and

      (b)   the burden of disproving the service shall lie with the served party.

[Rule 17A ins by rule 5 of SI 29 of 2012.]

 

18.   Certificate of service

In all cases where service of any writ or document shall have been effected by a court messenger, a certificate of service signed by such officer shall, on production, without proof of signature, be prima facie evidence of service.

19.   Returns of service [First Schedule, Form 12]

In all cases the bailiff or other officer of court charged with the service of any particular process shall, not later than fourteen days after the receipt of the process, render a return in the prescribed form to the court in duplicate and the duplicate thereof shall thereupon be despatched by the clerk of the court to the party requiring the same to be served, or his solicitors, specifying whether the same has been served and, if not, giving reasons why the same has not been so served.

ORDER VIII
PARTIES

 

1.   Suit on behalf of others

If any plaintiff sues, or any defendant is sued, in any representative capacity, it shall be expressed on the writ. The court may order any of the persons represented to be made parties either in lieu of or in addition to the previously existing parties.

 

2.   Joint ground of suit

Where a person has jointly with other persons an alleged ground for instituting a suit, all those other persons ought ordinarily to be made parties to the suit.

 

3.   Where joint interest, parties may be authorised to sue or defend for others

Where more persons than one have the same interest in one suit, one or more of such persons may be authorised to sue or to defend in such suit for the benefit of or on behalf of all parties so interested.

 

4.   Joint and several demand

Where a person has a joint and several demand against two or more persons, either as principals or sureties, it is not necessary for him to bring before the court as parties to a suit concerning that demand all the persons liable thereto, and he may proceed against any one or more of the persons severally or jointly and severally liable. Where a defendant claims contribution, indemnity or other remedy or relief over against any other person, he may apply to have such person made a party to the suit.

 

5.   Non-joinder

   (1) If it shall appear to the court, at or before the hearing of a suit, that all the persons who may be entitled to, or who claim some share or interest in, the subject-matter of the suit, or who may be likely to be affected by the result, have not been made parties, the court may adjourn the hearing of the suit to a future day, to be fixed by the court, and direct that such persons shall be made either plaintiffs or defendants in the suit, as the case may be. In such case, the court shall issue a notice to such persons, which shall be served in the manner provided by these Rules for the service of a writ of summons, or in such manner as the court thinks fit to direct; and, on proof of the due service of such notice, the person so served, whether he shall have appeared or not, shall be bound by all proceedings in the cause:

Provided that a person so served, and failing to appear within the time limited by the notice for his appearance, may, at any time before judgment in the suit, apply to the court for leave to appear, and such leave may be given upon such terms (if any) as the court shall think fit.

   (2) Misjoinder

The court may, at any stage of the proceedings, and on such terms as appear to the court to be just, order that the name or names of any party or parties, whether as plaintiffs or as defendants, improperly joined be struck out.

   (3) No suit shall be defeated by reason of non-joinder or misjoinder of parties. [O.8, 9]

 

6.   Claims by the Government

Claims by the Government against any person may be brought by the Attorney-General or by any officer authorised by law to prosecute such claims on behalf of the Government, as the case may be.

 

7.   Proceeding by or against partners

Any persons claiming or being liable as co-partners may sue or be sued in the name of their respective firms (if any); and any party to an action may, in such case, apply to the court for a statement of the names of the persons who are co-partners in any such firm, to be furnished in such manner and verified on oath or otherwise as the court may direct.

 

8.   Distinct causes of action in one writ

In case a writ states two or more distinct causes of action by and against the same parties, and in the same rights, the court may, either before or at the hearing, if it appears inexpedient to try the different causes of action together, order that the trials be had separately, and make such order as to adjournment and costs as justice requires.

 

9.   Misjoinder of actions

In case a writ states two or more distinct causes of action, but not by and against the same parties, or by and against the same parties but not in the same rights, the writ may, on the application of any defendant, be amended or dismissed, as justice may require.

ORDER IX
PARTICULARS OF CLAIM

 

1.   Particulars

The particulars of claim to be entered on or attached to the writ of summons shall set out the nature and extent of the relief asked for and shall be such as to give the defendant reasonably sufficient information as to the details of the claim, and the amount claimed for costs and court fees shall be shown on the writ.

 

2.   Abandonment or set-off

Where part of the claim has been abandoned in accordance with order VI, rule 8, or where a set-off is admitted by the plaintiff, the particulars of claim shall show such abandonment or set-off as the case may be.

 

3.   More than one claim

Where more than one claim is contained in the same writ of summons, the particulars of each claim or the relief sought in respect thereof shall be shown separately.

 

4.   Assignee

Where the plaintiff sues as an assignee, the particulars shall show the date of the assignment and the name and description of the assignor.

 

5.   Instrument required to be presented [O.9, 10]

Where the plaintiff sues upon an instrument which is required by law to have been presented before it can be sued upon, the particulars shall state that it was in fact presented and upon what date it was so presented.

 

6.   Further and better particulars

The court may, on the application of the defendant or on its own motion, order further and better particulars.

 

7.   Amendment of particulars

Particulars of claim shall not be amended except by leave of the court, but the court may, on any application for leave to amend, grant the same, on it appearing that the defendant will not be prejudiced by the amendment. Otherwise, the court may refuse leave or grant the same, on such terms as to notice, adjournment or costs as justice requires.

 

8.   Amount of judgment not to exceed claim

The plaintiff shall not, at the hearing, obtain a judgment for any sum exceeding that stated in the particulars except for subsequent interest and for costs.

 

9.   Amendment at hearing

Any variance between the items contained in the particulars and the items proved at the hearing may be amended at the hearing, either at once or on such terms as to notice, adjournment or costs as justice requires.

ORDER X
GUARDIAN FOR PURPOSES OF SUIT

 

1.   Court may appoint guardians to infant defendants and persons of weak mind

Where, on default of a defendant in answering or otherwise defending the suit, after service of the writ, it appears to the court that he is an infant, or a person of weak or unsound mind, so that he is unable by himself to defend the suit, the court may, if it thinks fit, on the application of the plaintiff or of its own motion, appoint, by order, some fit person to be guardian of the defendant for the purposes of the suit by whom he may defend it.

 

2.   Notice and service thereof

Before such an order is made, the court shall cause such notice as it thinks reasonable to be served on or left at the dwelling-house of the person with whom or under whose care the defendant is, and also, unless the court sees good reason to the contrary, in the case of an infant not residing with or under the care of his guardian, to be served on or left at the dwelling-house of his guardian.

 

3.   Suits by infants and persons of weak mind

Infants or persons of weak or unsound mind may sue as plaintiffs by their committees or next friends on such terms as to the liability for costs and otherwise of such committees or next friends as the court shall consider just.

ORDER XI
ALTERATION OF PARTIES

 

1.   Where change of interest, court may make order enabling suit to proceed

Where, after the institution of a suit, any change or transmission of interest or liability occurs in relation to any party to the suit, or any party to the suit dies or becomes incapable of carrying on the suit, or the suit in any other way becomes defective or incapable of being carried on, any person interested may obtain from the court any order requisite for curing the defect, or enabling or compelling proper parties to carry on the proceedings:

Provided that any person served with such an order may, within such time as the court in the order directs, apply to the court to discharge or vary the order.

 

2.   Death of party not to abate suit, if cause of action survive

The death of a plaintiff or defendant shall not cause the suit to abate if the cause of action survive.

 

3.   Cause of action surviving to surviving plaintiff or plaintiffs

If there be two or more plaintiffs or defendants, and one of them die, and if the cause of action survive to the surviving plaintiff or plaintiffs alone, or against the surviving defendant or defendants alone, the suit shall proceed at the instance of the surviving plaintiff or plaintiffs, and against the surviving defendant or defendants.

 

4.   Cause of action surviving to surviving plaintiff and legal representative of decreased plaintiff

If there be two or more plaintiffs and one of them die, and if the cause of action shall not survive to the surviving plaintiff or plaintiffs alone, but shall survive to them and the legal representative of the deceased plaintiff jointly, the court may, on the application of the legal representative of the deceased plaintiff, enter the name of such representative in the suit in the place of such deceased plaintiff, and the suit shall proceed at the instance of the surviving plaintiff or plaintiffs, and such legal representative of the deceased plaintiff. If no application shall be made to the court by any person claiming to be the legal representative of the deceased plaintiff, the suit shall proceed at the instance of the surviving plaintiff or plaintiffs; and the legal representative of the deceased plaintiff shall, after notice to appear, be interested in, and shall be bound by, the judgment given in the suit in the same manner as if the suit had proceeded at his instance conjointly with the surviving plaintiff or plaintiffs, unless the court shall see cause to direct otherwise.

 

5.   Death of sole or surviving plaintiff [O, 11, 12]

In case of the death of a sole plaintiff, or sole surviving plaintiff, the court may, on the application of the legal representative of such plaintiff, enter the name of such representative in the place of such plaintiff in the suit, and the suit shall thereupon proceed; if no such application shall be made to the court within what it may consider a reasonable time by any person claiming to be the legal representative of the deceased sole plaintiff or sole surviving plaintiff, it shall be competent to the court to make an order that the suit shall abate, and to award to the defendant the reasonable costs which he may have incurred in defending the suit, to be recovered from the estate of the deceased sole plaintiff or surviving plaintiff; or the court may, if it thinks proper, on the application of the defendant, and upon such terms as to costs as may seem fit, make such order for bringing in the legal representative of the deceased sole plaintiff or surviving plaintiff, and for proceeding with the suit in order to reach a final determination of the matters in dispute, as may appear just and proper in the circumstances of the case.

 

6.   Dispute as to legal representative

If any dispute arise as to who is the legal representative of a deceased plaintiff, it shall be competent to the court either to stay the suit until the fact has been duly determined in another suit, or to decide, before the hearing of the suit, who shall be admitted to be such legal representative for the purpose of prosecuting the suit.

 

7.   Death of one of several defendants or of a sole surviving defendant

If there be two or more defendants, and one of them die, and the cause of action shall not survive against the surviving defendant or defendants alone, and also in case of the death of a sole defendant or sole surviving defendant, where the action survives, the plaintiff may make an application to the court specifying the name, description and place of abode of any person whom the plaintiff alleges to be the legal representative of such defendant, and whom he desires to be made the defendant in his stead; and the court shall thereupon enter the name of such representative in the suit in the place of such defendant, and shall issue an order to him to appear on a day to be therein mentioned to defend the suit; and the case shall thereupon proceed in the same manner as if such representative had originally been made a defendant and had been a party to the former proceedings in the suit.

 

8.   Bankruptcy of plaintiff

The bankruptcy of the plaintiff, in any suit which the assignee or trustee might maintain for the benefit of the creditors, shall not be a valid objection to the continuance of such suit, unless the assignee or trustee shall decline to continue the suit and to give security for the costs thereof, within such reasonable time as the court may order; if the assignee or trustee neglect or refuse to continue the suit and to give such security within the time limited by the order, the defendant may, within eight days after such neglect or refusal, plead the bankruptcy of the plaintiff as a reason for abating the suit.

ORDER XII
THIRD PARTY PROCEDURE

 

1.   Third-party notice

   (1) Where a defendant claims as against any person not already a party to the suit (in this order called the third party)—

      (a)   that he is entitled to contribution or indemnity; or

      (b)   that he is entitled to any relief or remedy relating to or connected with the original subject-matter of the suit and substantially the same as some relief or remedy claimed by the plaintiff; or [O.12]

      (c)   that any question or issue relating to or connected with the said subject-matter is substantially the same as some question or issue arising between the plaintiff and the defendant, and should properly be determined not only as between the plaintiff and the defendant but as between the plaintiff and the defendant and the third party or between any or either of them;

the defendant may on the return day apply to the court on notice for leave to issue and serve a “third-party notice” and shall file a copy of the third-party notice with the application.

   (2) Notice of the application shall be served on the plaintiff and filed with the clerk of the court at any time before the time of hearing on the return day as shown on the writ of summons.

   (3) The application shall be heard on the return day and on the hearing thereof the court may grant or refuse leave. If leave be granted the court shall give directions as to the time for service of the third-party notice and shall fix another return day on which the third party shall be required to appear.

   (4) The notice shall be in the prescribed form and shall state the nature and grounds of the claim or the nature of the question or issue sought to be determined, the nature and extent of any relief or remedy claimed and the return day fixed by the court. [First Schedule, Form 66]

   (5) The notice shall be served on the third party personally, and shall be accompanied by a copy of the summons in the action and of the particulars annexed thereto.

   (6) Where leave shall have been granted in accordance with this rule to issue and serve a third- party notice, the third party shall, in all respects, save as hereinafter in this order provided, be deemed to be a defendant to the suit and the third-party notice with copy of writ and particulars annexed, save as hereinafter in this order provided, be deemed in regard to the third party to be the writ of summons in the suit.

 

2.   Default by third party

   (1) If the third party disputes the plaintiff’s claim as against the defendant by whom the notice has been given or his own liability to the defendant, he shall do such things as are directed by these Rules to be done by a defendant who disputes the plaintiff’s claim in any writ of summons served upon him.

   (2) If the third party does not appear on the return day, he shall be deemed to admit the validity of and be bound by any judgment given in the suit, whether by consent or otherwise, and by any decision therein on any question specified in the notice, and when contribution or indemnity or some other relief or remedy is claimed against him in the notice, he shall be deemed to admit his liability in respect of such contribution or indemnity or other relief or remedy. [ O.12]

   (3) If a third party does not appear on the return day and the defendant by whom the notice has been given suffers judgment by default, such defendant shall be entitled, at any time after satisfaction of the judgment against him, or before such satisfaction by leave of the court, to have judgment entered against the third party to the extent of any contribution or indemnity claimed in the third-party notice or by leave of the court have such judgment entered in respect of any other relief or remedy claimed as the court shall direct:

Provided that it shall be lawful for the court to set aside or vary such judgment against the third party upon such terms as it thinks just.

 

3.   Conduct of trial

   (1) Subject to any directions which may have been given by the court before the hearing, the court shall have full power at the hearing to direct what part the third party shall take in the hearing and generally how the trial shall be conducted.

   (2) As between the defendant by whom the third-party notice has been given and the third party, the court may grant to either party any relief or remedy which might properly have been granted if the claim against the third party had been made in a separate suit and may give such judgment for either party against the other as may be just:

Provided that execution against the third party shall not be issued without leave of the court until the defendant has satisfied the judgment in the same suit against him.

 

4.   Fourth and subsequent parties

   (1) Where a third party makes as against any person not already a third party to the suit such a claim as is defined in sub-rule (1) of rule 1, the provisions of this order regulating the rights and procedure as between the defendant and the third party shall apply as between the third party and such other person, and “third-party notice” and “third party” shall apply to and include every notice issued against a fourth or subsequent party and every fourth or subsequent party served with such a notice respectively.

   (2) Where a person served with a notice under this rule by a third party in turn makes such a claim as is defined in sub-rule (1) of rule 1 against another person not already a party to the suit, this order as applied by this rule shall have effect as regards such further person and any other further person or persons so served and so on successively.

 

5.   Co-defendants [O.12, 13, 14 ]

Where a defendant makes against any other defendant in the same suit such a claim as is defined in sub-rule (1) of rule 1, he may without any leave issue and serve on such other defendant a notice making such claim, and the same procedure shall be adopted for the determination of the claim as would be appropriate under this order if such other defendant were a third party:

Provided that nothing herein contained shall prejudice the rights of the plaintiff against any defendant.

 

6.   Counter-claim

In this order, “plaintiff” and “defendant” respectively shall include a plaintiff and a defendant to a counter-claim.

ORDER XIII
DISCONTINUANCE OF SUITS

 

1.   Discontinuance of suit

If, before the date fixed for the hearing, the plaintiff desires to discontinue any suit against all or any of the defendants, or to withdraw any part of his alleged claim, he shall give notice in writing of discontinuance or withdrawal to the clerk of the court and to every defendant as to whom he desires to discontinue or withdraw. After the receipt of such notice, such defendant shall not be entitled to any further costs, with respect to the matter so discontinued or withdrawn, than those incurred up to the receipt of such notice unless the court shall otherwise order; and such defendant may apply ex parte for an order against the plaintiff for the costs incurred before the receipt of such notice and of attending the court to obtain the order. Such discontinuance or withdrawal shall not be a defence to any subsequent suit. If, in any other case, the plaintiff desires to discontinue any suit or to withdraw any part of his alleged claim, or if a defendant desires to discontinue or withdraw his counter-claim or any part thereof, such discontinuance or withdrawal may, in the discretion of the court, be allowed on such terms as to costs and as to any subsequent suit and otherwise as to the court may seem just.

 

2.   Stay of subsequent suit

If any subsequent suit shall be brought before payment of the costs of a discontinued suit, for the same or substantially the same cause of action, the court may order a stay of such subsequent suit until such costs shall have been paid.

ORDER XIV
PLACE OF TRIAL AND INSTITUTION OF SUITS

 

1.   Place of trial, etc.

Subject to the law respecting transference, the place for the trial of any suit or matter shall be regulated as follows—

      (a)   Suits upon contract [O.14, 15]

All suits arising out of the breach of any contract may be commenced and determined in any court having jurisdiction in the district in which such contract ought to have been performed, or in which the defendant resides or carries on business;

      (b)   Other suits

All other suits may be commenced and determined in any court having jurisdiction in any district in which the defendant resides or carries on business. If there are more defendants than one, resident in different districts, the suit may be commenced in any court having jurisdiction in any one of such districts; subject, however, to any order which the court may, upon the application of any of the parties, or on its own motion, think fit to make with a view to the most convenient arrangement for the trial of such suit;

      (c)   Suits commenced in wrong district

In case any suit shall be commenced in any other court than that in which it ought to have been commenced, the same may, notwithstanding, be tried in the court in which it shall have been so commenced, unless the court shall otherwise direct, or the defendant shall plead specially in objection to the jurisdiction before or at the time when he is required to state his answer to or to plead to such suit;

      (d)   Order by Judge

No proceedings which may have been taken previously to such plea in objection shall be in any way affected thereby; but a Judge of the High Court may order that the suit be transferred to the court to which it may be proved to belong, or, failing such proof, that it be retained and proceed in the court in which it has been commenced.

ORDER XV
AMENDMENT

 

1.   Under what circumstances

The court may, at any stage of the proceedings, either of its own motion or on the application of either party, order any proceedings to be amended, whether the defect or error be that of the party applying to amend or not; and all such amendments as may be necessary or proper for the purpose of eliminating all statements which may tend to prejudice, embarrass or delay the fair trial of the suit, and for the purpose of determining, in the existing suit, the real question or questions in controversy between the parties, shall be so made. Every such order shall be made upon such terms as to costs or otherwise as shall seem just.

ORDER XVI
ADMISSIONS

 

1.   Notice of admissions

Any party to a suit may give notice, by his own statement or otherwise, that he admits the truth of the whole or any part of the case stated or referred to in the writ of summons, statement of claim, defence or other statement of any other party.

 

2.   Notice to admit

Any party may call upon any other party to admit, saving just exceptions, any document or fact. [First Schedule, Forms 15 and 16]

 

3.   Costs on refusal to make reasonable admissions

In case of refusal or neglect to admit after notice, the costs of proof of the document or fact shall be paid by the party refusing or neglecting to admit, whatever be the result of the suit, unless the court is of opinion that the refusal or neglect to admit was reasonable.

 

4.   Judgment by consent

If the plaintiff and defendant shall agree as to the terms and conditions on which judgment shall be entered, the court, unless it sees good reason to the contrary, shall enter judgment on such terms and conditions.

ORDER XVII
SETTLEMENT OF ISSUES

 

1.   At or before hearing

At any time before or at the hearing, the court may, if it thinks fit, on the application of any party or of its own motion, proceed to ascertain and determine what are the material questions in controversy between the parties, and may reduce such questions into writing and settle them in the form of issues, which issues, when settled, may state questions of law on admitted facts, or questions of disputed facts, or questions partly of the one kind and partly of the other.

 

2.   Court may direct parties to prepare issues

The court may, if it thinks fit, direct the parties to prepare issues, and the same shall be settled by the court.

 

3.   When to be settled

The issues may be settled, without any previous notice, at any stage of the proceedings at which all the parties are actually present, or at the hearing. If otherwise, notice shall be given to the parties to attend at the settlement of the issues.

 

4.   The court may amend or frame additional issues

At any time before the decision of the case, if it shall appear to the court necessary for the purpose of determining the real question or controversy between the parties, the court may amend the issues or frame additional issues, on such terms as to it shall seem fit.

ORDER XVIII
PLEADINGS

 

1.   Written statements; in what cases

Suit shall ordinarily be heard and determined in a summary manner without pleadings; but, where it appears to the court (for reasons recorded in the minutes) that the nature and circumstances of any case render it expedient in the interests of justice to do so, the court may order the plaintiff to file a written statement of his claim, and may likewise order the defendant to file a written statement of his defence. The filing of a statement of claim shall not necessitate, unless the court so directs, that a statement of defence shall also be filed. The order may be made at any stage of a suit, either before or at the hearing.

 

2.   Illiterate parties

In making any such order, the court shall have regard to the condition of the parties, and shall not require any party to file a written statement who, from want of education, is incapable of preparing or understanding the same. If in any case the court considers it necessary in the interests of justice that any statement of such party should be reduced into writing prior to the hearing, the court may direct that the same be taken down in writing by the clerk of the court, and, after verifying the statement so prepared by oral examination of the party, where necessary, may direct, if it thinks fit, that such statement be filed as a pleading.

 

3.   Where pleadings ordered

Whenever any pleading is ordered to be filed, the provisions of the following rules shall be observed—

      (a)   The pleading to state all material facts

Every pleading shall contain a statement of all the material facts on which the party pleading relies, but not the evidence by which they are to be proved, such statement being divided into paragraphs numbered consecutively, and each paragraph containing, as nearly as may be, a separate allegation;

      (b)   How facts to be stated

The facts shall be alleged positively, precisely and distinctly, and as briefly as is consistent with a clear statement;

      (c)   The relief claimed to be stated

Every statement of claim shall state specifically the relief which the plaintiff claims, either simply or in the alternative, and may also ask for general relief, and the same rule shall apply to any counter-claim made or relief claimed by the defendant in his statement of defence;

      (d)   Grounds of claim founded on separate facts to be separately stated

Where the plaintiff seeks relief in respect of several distinct claims or causes of complaint founded upon separate and distinct facts, they shall be stated, as far as may be separately and distinctly. And the same rule shall apply where the defendant relies upon several distinct grounds of set-off or counter-claim founded upon separate and distinct facts;

      (e)   Defendant’s pleading to meet allegations in statement of claim

The defendant’s pleadings shall deny all such material allegations in the statement of claim as the defendant intends to deny at the hearing. Every allegation of fact, if not denied specifically or by necessary implication or stated to be not admitted, shall be taken as established at the hearing;

      (f)   Allegations shall not be met generally but specifically

It shall not be sufficient to deny generally the facts alleged by the statement of claim, but the defendant must deal specifically therewith, either admitting or denying the truth of each allegation of fact seriatim, as the truth or falsehood of each is within his knowledge, or (as the case may be) stating that he does not know whether such allegation or allegations is or are true or otherwise;

      (g)   Denial of fact must answer point of substance

When a party denies an allegation of fact, he must not do so evasively, but answer the point of substance. And when a matter of fact is alleged with divers circumstances it shall not be sufficient to deny it as alleged along with those circumstances, but a fair and substantial answer must be given;

      (h)   Admissions: their effect

The statement of defence shall admit such material allegations in the statement of claim as the defendant knows to be true or desires to be taken as admitted, and such allegations may be taken as established without proof thereof;

      (i)   Allegation of new facts in defence

The statement of defence must allege any fact not stated in the statement of claim on which the defendant relies in defence, as establishing, for instance, fraud on the part of the plaintiff, or showing that the plaintiff’s right to recover, or to any relief capable of being granted on the statement of claim, has not yet accrued, or is released or barred or otherwise gone;

      (j)   Set-off or counter claim to be pleaded

Where any defendant seeks to rely upon any facts, as supporting a right of set-off or counter-claim, he shall in his statement of defence, state specifically that he does so by way of set-off or counter-claim, and the particulars of such set-off or counter-claim shall be given;

      (k)   Evidence in denial of allegation or in support of defence not set up in pleading

The statement of defence of a defendant shall not debar him, at the hearing, from disproving any allegation of the plaintiff not admitted in the statement of defence, or from giving evidence in support of a defence not expressly set up in the statement of defence except where the defence is such as, in the opinion of the court, ought to have been expressly set up in the statement of defence, or is inconsistent with the statements thereof, or is, in the opinion of the court, likely to take the plaintiff by surprise and to raise new issues not fairly arising out of the pleadings as they stand and such as the plaintiff ought not to be then called upon to meet;

      (l)   Costs in certain cases

Where the court shall be of opinion that any allegations of fact, denied or not admitted by any pleading, ought to have been admitted, the court shall make such order as may be just with respect to costs;

      (m)    verification of pleadings

The court may order any plaintiff or defendant to verify his statement, or any part thereof, on oath or affidavit;

      (n)   Filing and service of pleadings

Every pleading shall be filed at such time as the court directs, and be served on the opposite party, if the court thinks fit, at such time and in such manner as it directs.

ORDER XIX
INQUIRIES AND ACCOUNTS

 

1.   Questions of fact or of account may be investigated by referee

In any cause or matter in which all parties interested who are under no disability consent thereto, and also, without such consent, in any cause or matter requiring any prolonged examination of documents or accounts or any scientific or local examination which cannot, in the opinion of the court, conveniently be made by the court in the usual manner, the court may, at any time, on such terms as it may think proper, order any question or issue of fact, or any question of account arising therein, to be investigated or tried before a referee, to be agreed on between the parties or appointed by the court.

 

2.   Instructions to referee

Where an order has been made under the last preceding rule, the court shall furnish the referee with such part of the proceedings and such information and detailed instructions as may appear necessary for his guidance, and shall direct the parties, if necessary, to attend upon the referee during the inquiry. The instructions shall specify whether the referee is merely to transmit the proceedings which he may hold on the inquiry, or also to report his own opinion on the point referred for his investigation.

 

3.   Interim inquiries or accounts

The court may, at any stage of the proceedings, direct any necessary inquiries or accounts described in rule 1 to be made or taken, notwithstanding that it may appear that there is some special or further relief sought for or some special issue to be tried, as to which it may be proper that the cause or matter should proceed in the ordinary manner.

 

4.   General powers of referee

The referee may, subject to the order of the court, hold the inquiry at or adjourn it to any place which he may deem most convenient, and have any inspection or view which he may deem expedient for the disposal of the controversy before him. He shall, so far as practicable, proceed with the inquiry de die in diem.

 

5.   Evidence

Subject to any order to be made by the court ordering the inquiry, evidence shall be taken at any inquiry before a referee, and the attendance of witnesses may be enforced by subpoena; and every such inquiry shall be conducted in the same manner, as nearly as circumstances will admit, as trials before a Magistrate, but not so as to make the tribunal of the referee a public court of justice.

 

6.   Referee’s authority in the inquiry

Subject to any order as mentioned in the last preceeding rule, the referee shall have the same authority in the conduct of any inquiry as a Magistrate when presiding at any trial.

 

7.   Referee may report questions or facts specially

The referee may, before the conclusion of any inquiry before him, or by his report under the reference, submit any question arising therein for the decision of the court, or state any facts specially.

 

8.   Effect of report by referee

The proceedings and report in writing of the referee shall be received in evidence in the case, unless the court may have reason to be dissatisfied with them, and the court shall have power to draw such inferences from the proceedings or report as shall be just.

 

9.   Powers of court

The court shall have power to require any explanations or reasons from the referee, and to remit the cause or matter, or any part thereof, for further inquiry or consideration to the same or any other referee, as often as may be necessary, and shall pass such ultimate judgment or order as may appear to be right and proper in the circumstances of the case.

ORDER XX
APPEARANCE OF PARTIES

 

1.   Court may permit party to appear by proxy

In every cause or matter pending before the court, in case it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court that any plaintiff or defendant who may not be represented by barrister or solicitor is prevented by some good or sufficient cause from attending the court in person, the court may, in its discretion, permit any other person who shall satisfy the court that he has authority in that behalf to appear for such plaintiff or defendant.

 

2.   Proceeding without authority

Any person doing any act or taking any proceeding in the name or on behalf of another person, not being lawfully authorised thereunto, and knowing himself not to be so authorised, shall be guilty of contempt of court.

ORDER XXI
ARREST OF ABSCONDING DEFENDANT

 

1.   Issue of order on affidavit

The court may make an order for the arrest of any person in pursuance of section 10 of the Debtors Act, where proof of the matters therein mentioned shall be made by affidavit in the prescribed form—[First Schedule, Form 17.]

Provided that the court in any case, if it shall see fit, may require evidence otherwise than by affidavit.

 

2.   Form of warrant [O.21, 22 ]

Where the court makes an order for the arrest of any person in pursuance of section 10 of the Debtors Act, it shall issue a warrant in the prescribed form. [First Schedule, Form 18.]

 

3.   Security

   (1) Subject to the limitation mentioned in section 10 of the Debtors Act, the security to be given by a person so arrested shall be in such amount as the court may consider just and may be given by deposit of money or valuable property or by way of bond to be executed by himself with or without such surety or sureties as to the court may seem fit. [First Schedule, Forms 19 and 20]

   (2) Such security may be given at any time.

 

4.   Deposit by plaintiff

It shall be lawful for a court, before issuing the warrant, to require the plaintiff to deposit in court such sum as the court may think sufficient for the costs of executing the warrant and of bringing the defendant before the court and, where necessary, of sending him in custody to the court in which the suit is depending.

 

5.   Subsistence of person arrested

The expenses incurred for the subsistence in prison of the person so arrested shall be paid by the plaintiff in the action in advance. The court shall fix whatever allowance it shall think sufficient for such subsistence, not exceeding seventy-five ngwee per diem. The amount so disbursed may be recovered by the plaintiff as costs in the suit, unless the court shall otherwise order. The court may release the person so imprisoned on failure by the plaintiff to pay the subsistence money, or in the case of serious illness, order his removal to hospital. During the period of such person’s stay in hospital, the subsistence allowance shall be paid by the plaintiff, unless the court shall see fit, in any case, to order otherwise.

[Am by GN 208 of 1964.]

ORDER XXII
INTERIM ATTACHMENT OF PROPERTY

 

1.   In what cases

If the defendant, in any suit for an amount or value of twenty kwacha or upwards, with intent to obstruct or delay the execution of any decree that may be passed against him, is about to dispose of his property, or any part thereof, or to remove any such property from Zambia, the plaintiff may apply to the court, either at the time of the institution of the suit, or at any time thereafter until final judgment, to call upon the defendant to furnish sufficient security to fulfil any decree that may be made against him in the suit, and, on his failing to give such security, to direct that any property, movable or immovable, belonging to the defendant, shall be attached until the further order of the court.

 

2.   Application for attachment [O.22]

The application shall contain a specification of the property required to be attached and the estimated value thereof, so far as the plaintiff can reasonably ascertain the same; and the plaintiff shall, at the time of making the application, declare that, to the best of his information and belief, the defendant is about to dispose of or remove his property with such intent as aforesaid.

 

3.   Form of order

If the court, after making such investigation as it may consider necessary, shall be satisfied that the defendant is about to dispose of or remove his property, with intent to obstruct or delay the execution of the decree, it shall be lawful for the court to order the defendant, within a time to be fixed by the court, either to furnish security, in such sum as may be specified in the order, to produce and place at the disposal of the court, when required, the said property, or the value of the same, or such portion thereof as may be sufficient to fulfil the decree, or to appear and show cause why he should not furnish security. The court may also, in the order, direct the attachment, until further order, of the whole or any portion of the property specified in the application.

 

4.   Where defendant fails to show cause or give security

If the defendant fails to show such cause, or to furnish the required security within the time fixed by the court, the court may direct that the property specified in the application, if not already attached, or such portion thereof as shall be sufficient to fulfil the decree, shall be attached until further order. If the defendant shows such cause, or furnishes the required security, and the property specified in the application, or any portion of it, shall have been attached, the court shall order the attachment to be withdrawn. [First Schedule, Form 21]

 

5.   Rights of third parties not to be affected

The attachment shall not affect the rights of persons not parties to the suit, and, in the event of any claim being preferred to the property attached before judgment, such claim shall be investigated in the manner prescribed for the investigation of claims to property attached in execution of a decree.

 

6.   Removal of attachment

In all cases of attachment before judgment, the court shall, at any time, remove the same on the defendant furnishing security as hereinbefore required together with security for the costs of the attachment.

 

7.   In what courts proceedings may be taken

The application may be made to any court having jurisdiction in the district where the defendant or, in case of emergency, where the property proposed to be attached may be, and such court shall make such order as shall seem just. In case an order for the attachment of property shall be issued by a different court from that in which the suit is depending, such court shall, on the request of either of the parties, transmit the application and evidence therein to the court in which the suit is so depending, retaining the property in the meantime when attached, or taking sufficient security for its value, and the court in which the suit is depending shall thereupon examine into and proceed in the application in accordance with the foregoing provisions, in such manner as shall seem just.

ORDER XXIII
INTERIM INJUNCTIONS, ETC.

 

1.   To stay waste, damage or alienation appointment of receiver

In any suit in which it shall be shown, to the satisfaction of the court, that any property which is in dispute in the suit is in danger of being wasted, damaged or alienated by any party to the suit, it shall be lawful for the court to issue an injunction to such party, commanding him to refrain from doing the particular act complained of, or to give such order, for the purpose of staying and preventing him from wasting, damaging or alienating the property, as to the court may seem meet, and, in all cases in which it may appear to the court to be necessary for the preservation or the better management or custody of any property which is in dispute in a suit, it shall be lawful for the court to appoint a receiver or manager of such property, and, if need be, to remove the person in whose possession or custody the property may be from the possession or custody thereof, and to commit the same to the custody of such receiver or manager, and to grant to such receiver or manager all such powers for the management or the preservation and improvement of the property, and the collection of the rents and profits thereof, and the application and disposal of such rents and profits, as to the court may seem proper.

 

2.   Orders for sale of perishable goods

It shall be lawful for the court, on the application of any party to a suit, to make any order for the sale by any person named in such order, and in such manner and on such terms as to the court may seem desirable, of any goods, wares or merchandise, the right to which is in dispute in the suit, which may be of a perishable nature or likely to depreciate from keeping, or which, for any other just and sufficient reason, it may be desirable to have sold at once.

 

3.   Detention and inspection of property in dispute

It shall be lawful for the court, upon the application of any party to a suit, and upon such terms as may seem just, to make any order for the detention, preservation or inspection of any property being the subject of such suit, and, for all or any of the purposes aforesaid, to authorise any person or persons to enter upon or into any land or building in the possession of any party to such suit, and, for all or any of the purposes aforesaid, to authorise any samples to be taken, or any observations to be made or experiments to be tried, which may seem necessary or expedient for the purpose of obtaining full information or evidence.

 

4.   Orders to restrain breaches of contract or torts

In any suit for restraining the defendant from the committal of any breach of contract or other injury, and whether the same be accompanied by any claim for damage or not, it shall be lawful for the plaintiff, at any time after the commencement of the suit, and whether before or after judgment, to apply to the court for an injunction to restrain the defendant from the repetition or the continuance of the breach of contract or wrongful act complained of, or the committal of any breach of contract or injury of a like kind arising out of the same contract, or relating to the same property or right, and such injunction may be granted by the court on such terms as to the duration of the injunction, keeping an account, giving security or otherwise, as to the court shall seem reasonable and just: [O.23, 24]

Provided always that any order for an injunction may be discharged, varied or set aside by the court on application made thereto by any party dissatisfied with such order.

 

5.   Notice of application

The court may, in every case, before granting an injunction or order as aforesaid, direct such reasonable notice of the application for the same to be given to the opposite party as it shall see fit.

ORDER XXIV
EQUITABLE RELIEF, COUNTER-CLAIM, SET-OFF

 

1.   Equitable defence

Every suit implies an offer to do equity in the matter thereof, and admits of any equitable defence.

 

2.   Equitable relief

The plaintiff may obtain any such equitable relief as the facts stated and proved entitle him to, though not specifically asked.

 

3.   Counter-claim: set-off

A defendant in an action may set off, or set up by way of counter-claim against the claim of the plaintiff, any right or claim, whether such set-off or counter-claim sound in damages or not, and such set-off or counter-claim shall have the same effect as a statement of claim in a cross action so as to enable the court to pronounce a final judgment in the same action, both on the original and on the cross claim. But the court may if, in the opinion of the court, such set-off or counter-claim cannot be conveniently disposed of in the pending action, or ought not to be allowed, refuse permission to the defendant to avail himself thereof.

 

4.   Notice of counter-claim or set-off

   (1) No defendant shall be allowed to set up any such counter-claim or set-off unless he shall have lodged with the clerk of the court, four clear days before the return day, a notice in original, and as many duplicates thereof as there are plaintiffs, containing his name and address and a concise statement of the grounds of such counter-claim or set-off, and shall have paid the same court and service fees as would be payable if he were claiming by writ of summons: [O.24, 25]

Provided that the court may, in its discretion and on such terms as may seem just, allow the defendant to set up a counter-claim or set-off, notwithstanding that such notice has not been duly lodged.

   (2) On receipt of notice of counter-claim or set-off, and on due payment of the fees, the clerk of the court shall cause a duplicate of such notice to be served on the plaintiff.

   (3) The provisions of order IX as to particulars of claims shall apply, as far as they are applicable, to counter-claim and set-off.

 

5.   Defendant may have judgment for balance due on counter-claim

Where, in any action, a set-off or counter-claim is established as a defence against the plaintiff’s claim, the court may, if the balance is in favour of the defendant, give judgment for the defendant for such balance, or may otherwise adjudge to the defendant such relief as he may be entitled to upon the merits of the case.

 

6.   Payment into court where partial set-off Costs

The court, if it sees fit, may order that a defence of partial set-off shall be accompanied by payment into court of the amount to which, on the defendant’s showing, the plaintiff is entitled, unless the plaintiff’s claim to that amount is resisted on some other ground of defence; and, in default of such payment, the defendant shall be liable to bear the costs of the suit, even if he succeed in his defence to the extent of the set-off on which he relies.

ORDER XXV
TENDER AND PAYMENT INTO COURT

 

1.   Payment into court

A defence alleging tender by the defendant must be accompanied by payment into court of the amount alleged to have been tendered.

 

2.   Payment in full

   (1) A defendant in an action in which there is no claim for relief other than the payment of money may, at any time before judgment, pay into court unconditionally or with an admission of liability the whole of the amount claimed in the summons and thereupon all further proceedings in the action shall be stayed save as to any costs not included in such payment.

   (2) Where all costs incurred up to and including the date of payment are not included in such payment, the plaintiff shall be at liberty on the return day to apply to the court for judgment for all costs not so paid together with the costs of obtaining judgment.

   (3) Money may be paid into court under this rule by one or more of several defendants sued jointly or in the alternative and shall, in such case, be accompanied by a note stating the name and address or names and addresses of the defendant or defendants who have so paid.

   (4) The clerk of the court shall, on receipt of any payment into court under this rule, if time permits, send notice of such payment to the plaintiff and, if such payment was made by one or more of several defendants sued jointly or in the alternative, to every other defendant.

   (5) Where money is paid into court in accordance with this rule, the clerk of the court shall, on the application of the plaintiff, pay out such money to such plaintiff without any order of the court.

 

3.   Payment in part [O.25]

   (1) A defendant in an action may, at any time before judgment, pay money into court—

      (a)   in satisfaction of part of the claim or part of the claim and costs or, where several causes of action are joined in one action, in satisfaction of the whole or part of the whole or part of one or more causes of action; or

      (b)   on account of a sum admitted by him to be due to the plaintiff.

   (2) Money may be paid into court under this rule by one or more of several defendants sued jointly or in the alternative and shall, in such case, be accompanied by a note stating the name and address or the names and addresses of the defendant or defendants making the payment.

   (3) Any payment made under this rule shall be deemed to be made with an admission of liability to the extent of the amount paid unless accompanied by a notice stating that liability is denied.

   (4) Any payment into court under this rule shall be deemed to be made on account of the amount claimed unless accompanied by a note stating that it is made in satisfaction of the claim or, where several causes of action are joined in one action, in satisfaction of one or more of the causes of action.

   (5) The clerk of the court shall, on receipt of any payment into court under this rule, if time permits, send notice of such payment to the plaintiff and, if such payment was made by one or more of several defendants sued jointly or in the alternative, to every other defendant.

 

4.   Acceptance by plaintiff

Where any amount, being less than the whole amount of the claim and costs, is paid into court unconditionally or with an admission of liability or where the whole amount of the claim and costs is paid into court unconditionally or with an admission of liability but there is a claim for some relief other than the payment of money and the plaintiff elects to accept the amount or any one or more specified amounts paid into court in satisfaction of the whole of his claim or of the cause or causes of action to which the specified amount or amounts relate, the following provisions shall apply— [O.25]

      (a)   the plaintiff shall, within three days (or such greater number of days as the clerk of the court may on the direction of the Magistrate of such court insert in the notice referred to in sub-rule (5) of rule 3) after the receipt by him of such notice, file with the clerk of the court a notice of acceptance indicating the extent of such acceptance and thereupon proceedings in the action or in respect of any cause of action or in respect of any part of such action or cause of action to which such notice of acceptance relates shall be stayed;

      (b)   the clerk of the court shall give notice of such acceptance and of the extent of such acceptance to the defendant or, if there be more than one defendant, to each defendant;

      (c)   if the notice of acceptance relates to the whole claim or if it relates to one or more of several causes of action and the plaintiff within the said period of three days (or such greater number of days as may be prescribed in accordance with paragraph (a)) give notice that he abandons the other cause or causes of action, he may apply to the court for judgment to be entered in his favour for the amount of any costs properly incurred less any part of such costs as may have been included in the payment into court;

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      (d)   where money is paid into court in accordance with this order, the clerk of the court shall, on the application of the plaintiff, pay out such money to such plaintiff without any order of the court.

 

5.   Late acceptance by plaintiff

If a plaintiff fails to give notice of acceptance within the time limited by paragraph (a) of rule 4, he may give notice of acceptance subsequently but the money paid into court shall not be paid out without an order of the court and the court may order the plaintiff to pay all or any costs reasonably incurred by the defendant since the date of payment into court.

 

6.   Non-acceptance by plaintiff

Where any amount referred to in rule 4 is paid into court and the plaintiff does not accept such amount (whether such non-acceptance extends to the whole amount or to any one or more of specified amounts paid into court) in satisfaction of the whole of his claim or in satisfaction of such cause or causes of action to which such specified sum or sums paid into court relate, the action shall proceed in respect of any unsatisfied part of the plaintiff’s claim and if on trial judgment is given in favour of the plaintiff—

      (a)   for an amount more than the amount paid into court where there is only one cause of action or where there are several causes of action for an amount or amounts more than the specified amount or amounts paid into court in respect of one or more of such causes of action, the plaintiff shall be entitled to his costs in respect of such judgment in the same manner and to the same extent as if there had been no payment into court;

      (b)   for an amount not greater than the amount paid into court where there is one cause of action or where there are several causes of action for an amount or amounts not greater than the specified amount or amounts paid into court in respect of one or more of such causes of action, the plaintiff shall not, in respect of such cause or causes of action as to which the amount or amounts awarded in judgment is or are not greater than the amount or amounts paid into court, be entitled to any of his costs incurred after the expiry of the period prescribed in the notice to him referred to in paragraph (a) of rule 4 after the date on which he received notice of such payment into court and the defendant shall be entitled to the costs incurred by him after the expiry of such period in respect of such cause or causes of action.

 

7.   Non-communication to court in libel

Where an amount is paid into court by the defendant with a denial of liability, the action shall proceed as if no such payment had been made and, except in an action to which a defence of tender has been made or in which a plea under the Libel Acts, 1843 and 1845, of the United Kingdom, has been filed, no statement of the fact that money has been paid into court under this order shall be inserted in the pleadings and no communication of the fact shall be made to the Presiding Magistrate or to any assessor until all questions of liability and amount of debt or damages have been decided, but the Presiding Magistrate shall, in exercising his discretion as to costs, take into account both the fact that money has been paid into court and the amount of the payment:

Provided that this rule shall not apply where money paid into court has been accepted or taken out in satisfaction.

 

8.   Statement by plaintiff

A plaintiff in an action for libel or slander who takes money out of court may apply to the Presiding Magistrate on notice in writing for leave to make in open court a statement in terms to be approved by such Magistrate when giving leave.

 

9.   Counter-claim

A plaintiff or other person made defendant to a counter-claim may pay money into court as if he were defendant to an action and, in such event, the relevant rules of this order shall apply with the necessary modifications.

 

10.   Infants and persons of unsound mind

   (1) Notwithstanding anything in this order contained, where payment into court is made in any action in which money or damages is or are claimed by or on behalf of or for the benefit of an infant or a person of unsound mind, such money shall not be paid out of court to the plaintiff or to any other person without leave of the court.

   (2) Where payment into court is made—

      (a)   by one or more of several defendants sued jointly or in the alternative; or

      (b)   with a defence of tender before action;

the money in court shall not be paid out except in pursuance of an order of the court.

ORDER XXVI
INTERROGATORIES, DISCOVERY AND PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

 

1.   When interrogatories may be delivered

Any party may, by leave of the court (but, if he is required to deliver any pleading, not until he has delivered a sufficient pleading), deliver interrogatories in writing for the examination of the opposite party upon any matter as to which discovery may be sought. [First Schedule, Form 22]

 

2.   Amendment

The court may strike out or permit to be amended any interrogatory which, in the opinion of the court, is scandalous or irrelevant, or not put bona fide for the purposes of the action, or not sufficiently material, or in any other way objectionable.

 

3.   Answer

The party interrogated shall answer the interrogatories, subject to just exceptions.

 

4.   If answer insufficient

If any party interrogated omits to answer or answers insufficiently, without having just cause, the party interrogating may apply to the court for an order requiring him to answer or to answer further. Thereupon, or upon the court’s own motion, if the court thinks fit, an order may be made requiring him to answer, or to answer further, either by affidavit or by viva voce examination, as the court may direct.

 

5.   Discovery of documents

The court may order any party to the suit to make discovery, upon oath, of the documents which are or have been in his possession or power relating to any matter in question in the suit.

 

6.   Production of documents

The court may, at any time during the pendency therein of any suit or proceeding, order the production by any party thereto, upon oath, of any documents in his possession or power relating to any matter in question in such suit or proceeding, and the court may deal with such documents, when produced, as shall appear just. [First Schedule, Forms 23 and 24]

 

7.   Inspection of documents

The court may, in its discretion, on the application of any of the parties to any suit or proceeding, compel any other party to allow the applicant to inspect all or any documents in the custody or under the control of such other party relative to such suit, and, if necessary, to take examined copies of the same.

 

8.   Notice to produce

Whenever any of the parties to a suit is desirous that any document or other thing which he believes to be in the possession or power of another of the parties thereto should be produced at any hearing of the suit, he shall, at the earliest opportunity, serve the party in whose possession or power he believes the document or other thing to be with a notice in writing calling upon him to produce the same. [First Schedule, Form 25]

 

9.   Order for production

In case it shall appear to the court that there is reasonable ground to believe that such document or thing will not be produced pursuant to such notice, the court may make an order for the production of the same at the hearing of the suit by the party served with the notice, subject to just exceptions. [O.26, 27]

 

10.   Where right to production depends on questions in dispute

If the party from whom discovery of any kind or production or inspection is sought objects to the same or any part thereof, the court, if satisfied that the right to the discovery or production or inspection sought depends on the determination of any issue or question in dispute in the suit, or that, for any other reason, it is desirable that any issue or question in dispute in the suit should be determined before deciding upon the right to the discovery or inspection, may order that such issue or question be determined first, and reserve the question as to the discovery or inspection.

 

11.   Penalty on failure to comply with order to answer or for discovery

If any party fails to comply with any order to answer interrogatories, or for discovery or production or inspection of documents, he shall be liable to attachment. He shall also, if a plaintiff, be liable to have his action dismissed for want of prosecution, and, if a defendant, to have his defence, if any, struck out, and to be placed in the same position as if he had not defended, and the party interrogating may apply to the court for an order to that effect, and an order may be made accordingly.

ORDER XXVII
MOTIONS

I - General

 

1.   Motion may be made at any time

Interlocutory applications may be made by motion at any stage of a cause or matter.

 

2.   Motion paper

Unless the court shall otherwise order, no motion shall be entertained until the party moving has filed a motion paper distinctly stating the terms of the order sought.

 

3.   Motion list

The clerk of the court shall make up, for each day on which the court appoints motions to be heard, a motion list, on which he shall enter the names of each cause in which a motion is made, the party moving and the terms of the order sought by him.

 

4.   Affidavits

There shall be filed with the motion paper all affidavits on which the person moving intends to rely.

 

5.   Hearing of motion

The motion shall be made on such days and at such times as are, by the regulations of the court, appointed for hearing motions. In cases of urgency, the motion may, by leave of the court, be made at any time while the court is sitting.

 

6.   Adjournment [O.27 ]

The hearing of any motion may, from time to time, be adjourned upon such terms as the court may deem fit.

II - Ex Parte Motions

 

7.   Motions ex parte, or on notice

Motions may be made either ex parte or after notice to the parties to be affected thereby.

 

8.   Absolute order, or order to show cause

On a motion ex parte, the party moving shall apply for either an immediate absolute order of the court, in the terms of the motion paper, on his own showing and evidence, or an order on the other party to appear on a certain day and show cause why an order should not be made in terms of the motion paper.

 

9.   Argument on motion

Any party moving in court ex parte may support his motion by argument addressed to the court on the facts put in evidence; and no party to the suit or proceeding, although present, other than the party moving, shall be entitled to be then heard.

 

10.   Orders on ex parte motions

Where a motion is made ex parte, the court may refuse to make the order sought, or may grant an order to show cause why the order sought should not be made, or may allow the motion to be made on notice to the parties to be affected thereby.

 

11.   Court may vary or discharge order

Where an order is made on a motion ex parte, any party affected by it may, within seven days after service of it, or within such further time as the court shall allow, apply to the court by motion to vary or discharge it; and the court, on notice to the party obtaining the order, either may refuse to vary or discharge it, or may vary or discharge it, with or without imposing terms as to costs or security, or otherwise, as seems just.

III - Orders to Show Cause

 

12.   Return day to be specified

An order to show cause shall specify a day when cause is to be shown, to be called the return day to the order, which shall ordinarily be not less than three days after service.

 

13.   Counter-evidence

A person served with an order to show cause may, before the return day, produce evidence to contradict the evidence used in obtaining the order, or set forth other facts on which he relies to induce the court to discharge or vary such order.

 

14.   Further service in certain cases

On the return day, if the person served does not appear, and it appears to the court that the service on all proper parties has not been duly effected, the court may enlarge the time and direct further service, or make such other order as seems just.

 

15.   Appearance or proof of service

If the person served appears, or the court is satisfied that service has been duly effected, the court may proceed with the matter.

 

16.   General powers as to orders [O.27 ]

The court may either discharge the order or make the same absolute, or adjourn the consideration thereof, or permit further evidence to be produced in support of or against the order, and may modify the terms of the order so as to meet the merits of the case.

IV - Notice of Motion

 

17.   Notice of motion

Unless the court gives special leave to the contrary, there shall be at least two clear days between the service of a notice of motion and the day named in the notice for hearing the motion.

 

18.   Service on solicitor

Where a party acts by a solicitor, service of notice of motion on such solicitor shall be deemed good service on such party.

 

19.   Copy of affidavit to be served with notice

Along with the notice of motion there shall be served a copy of any affidavit on which the party moving intends to rely at the hearing of such motion.

 

20.   Where all parties not served

If, at the hearing of the motion, the court shall be of opinion that any person to whom notice has not been given ought to have or to have had such notice, the court may either dismiss the motion or adjourn the hearing thereof in order that such notice may be given, upon such terms as to the court may seem fit.

 

21.   Service with writ of summons

The plaintiff may, by leave of the court, cause any notice of motion to be served upon a defendant with the writ of summons.

V - Evidence in Interlocutory Proceedins

 

22.   Oral evidence

Oral evidence shall not be heard in support of any motion, unless by leave of the court.

 

23.   Evidence in addition to or in lieu of affidavits

In addition to or in lieu of affidavits, the court may, if it thinks it expedient, examine any witness viva voce, or receive documents in evidence, and may summon any person to attend to produce documents before it, or to be examined or cross-examined before it, in like manner as at the hearing of a suit.

 

24.   Notice to parties

Such notice as the court, in each case according to the circumstances, considers reasonable shall be given to the persons summoned, and to such persons (parties to the cause or matter or otherwise interested) as the court considers entitled, to inspect the documents to be produced, or to examine the persons summoned, or to be present at their examination, as the case may be.

 

25.   Evidence how taken

The evidence of a witness, on examination, shall be taken in like manner, as nearly as may be, as at the hearing of a suit.

 

26.   Affidavit not filed with motion paper

Upon the hearing of any motion, the court may, on such terms as it may deem fit, allow any affidavit to be used, although such affidavit has not been filed with the motion paper, and although a copy thereof has not been served on the opposite side along with the notice of motion. [O.28, 29]

ORDER XXVIII
LISTING OF CAUSES FOR HEARING

 

1.   Cause to be placed on the cause list

It shall not be necessary for the defendant to enter a formal appearance, but, on the return day marked on the writ of summons, the cause shall be placed on the cause list for that day.

 

2.   Order of causes on list

Subject to the discretion of the court, causes shall be placed on the cause list in the order of the date of the issue of their respective writs of summons.

 

3.   Causes to be taken in order

Causes shall be taken for hearing in the order in which they stand on the cause list for the day:

Provided that the court may direct any cause to be heard out of its ordinary turn.

 

4.   Adjournment of causes

Any cause on the cause list not disposed of during the course of the day may be adjourned to a future day. Any causes not so adjourned shall be placed on the cause list of the following day before all causes returnable for hearing on that day, and in the same order as they stood on the cause list of the previous day. No further notice to either party of any such adjournment, or of any cause being placed on the cause list of the following day, shall be requisite, unless otherwise ordered by the court.

ORDER XXIX
POSTPONEMENT OF HEARING

 

1.   In what cases

The court may postpone the hearing of any cause or matter, on being satisfied that the postponement is likely to have the effect of better ensuring the hearing and determination of the questions between the parties on the merits, or for other good cause shown to the satisfaction of the court. The postponement may be made on such terms as to the court seem just.

 

2.   Absence of witness

Where such an application is made on the ground of the absence of a witness, the court shall require to be satisfied that his evidence is material and that he is likely to return and give evidence within a reasonable time.

 

3.   Witness out of Zambia [O.29, 30, 31]

Where an application is made for the purpose of enabling the party applying to obtain the evidence of a witness resident out of Zambia, the court shall require to be satisfied that the evidence of the witness is material and that he is permanently residing out of Zambia or does not intend to come within Zambia within a reasonable time.

 

4.   Saving

The provisions of this order shall be in addition to and not in derogation from any other provisions contained in these rules.

ORDER XXX
SITTINGS OF COURT

 

1.   Days of sitting

Subject to the provisions of the Act, the court may, in its discretion, appoint any day or days, from time to time, for the hearing of causes and matters, as circumstances require.

 

2.   Order of business at sittings

Subject to special arrangements for any particular day, the business of the day shall be taken, as nearly as circumstances permit, in the following order—

      (a)   judgments standing over for delivery;

      (b)   ex parte motions;

      (c)   motions on notice, and arguments on showing cause against orders;

      (d)   Causes and matters for hearing.

The above shall be taken in the order in which they stand in the list, unless the court sees fit to vary the order.

ORDER XXXI
NON-ATTENDANCE OF PARTIES AT HEARING

 

1.   Saving for order XXXII

The provisions of this order shall have effect subject to the provisions of order XXXII.

 

2.   Non-appearance of both parties

Where a cause or matter on the cause list has been called, if neither party appears the court shall, unless it sees good reason to the contrary, strike the same out of the cause list.

 

3.   Of plaintiff

If the plaintiff does not appear, the court shall, unless it sees good reason to the contrary, strike out the cause or matter (except as to any counter-claim by the defendant), and make such order as to costs, in favour of any defendant appearing, as seems just:

Provided that, if the defendant shall admit the cause of action to the full amount claimed, the court may, if it thinks fit, give judgment as if the plaintiff had appeared.

 

4.   Of defendant [O.31, 32 ]

If the plaintiff appears, and the defendant does not appear or sufficiently excuse his absence, or neglects to answer when duly called, the court may, upon proof of service of the summons, proceed to hear the cause or matter and give judgment on the evidence adduced by the plaintiff, or may postpone the hearing of the same and direct notice of such postponement to be given to the defendant.

 

5.   Counter-claim where plaintiff does not appear

Where the defendant to a cause or matter which has been struck out under rule 2 has a counter-claim, the court may, on due proof of service on the plaintiff of notice thereof, proceed to hear the counter-claim and give judgment on the evidence adduced by the defendant, or may postpone the hearing of the counter-claim and direct notice of such postponement to be given to the plaintiff.

 

6.   Setting aside of judgment made in absence of party

Any judgment obtained against any party in the absence of such party may, on sufficient cause shown, be set aside by the court, upon such terms as may seem fit.

 

7.   Relisting of cause struck out

Any cause or matter struck out may, by leave of the court, be replaced on the cause list, on such terms as to the court may seem fit.

ORDER XXXII
PROCEEDINGS ON THE RETURN DAY

I - Judgment by Consent

 

1.   Consent to judgment

The defendant in a suit may, at any time before the return day, deliver to the clerk of the court a written consent to judgment in the prescribed form or in any similar form and the clerk of the court shall thereupon inform the plaintiff in writing that he has received the same.

 

2.   Costs where consent delivered

Where a consent to judgment is delivered to the clerk of the court in accordance with the preceding rule not less than two clear days before the return day, the plaintiff shall not, unless the court shall for good cause shown otherwise determine, be awarded any costs in respect of any steps taken in the action subsequent to the issue of the writ of summons and prior to taking judgment.

 

3.   Consent to whole claim

Where the consent to judgment delivered to the clerk of the court is in respect of the whole of the claim contained in the writ of summons, the court may, at the request of the plaintiff, enter judgment forthwith in favour of the plaintiff for the relief claimed together with such costs as may to the court seem just.

 

4.   Consent to part of claim

Where the consent to judgment delivered to the clerk of the court is in respect of part only of the claim contained in the writ of summons, the court may, at the request of the plaintiff, enter judgment in favour of the plaintiff for so much of the claim as shall be comprised in the consent to judgment together with costs and thereupon so much of the claim as shall not be comprised in the consent to judgment shall be treated in all respects as if no consent to judgment had been delivered. [O.32, 33]

II - Proceedings in other Cases

 

5.   Notice of intention to defend

Any person named as defendant in any writ may, at any time after service upon him of the writ of summons, deliver to the clerk of the court in the prescribed form or in any other form of similar effect a notice of his intention to defend the suit and stating the grounds of his defence and the clerk of the court shall forthwith inform the plaintiff or his legal representative that such notice has been delivered to him and shall supply him with a copy thereof.

 

6.   Proceedings where cause defended

Where the defendant shall have delivered to the clerk of the court such notice, as is in the last preceding rule mentioned, or where the defendant shall appear on the return day in person or by his legal representative and shall state that he wishes to defend the suit, subject to the provisions of these rules, the court may, at the request of either party, adjourn the action generally on such terms as to the court seem fit or may adjourn the hearing and give such directions as to pleadings and other matters as may be required by the nature of the case, or, if satisfied that the interests of justice so require or with the consent of both parties, may proceed to hear and determine the suit in accordance with the provisions contained in these rules.

ORDER XXXIII
DEFAULT PROCEDURE

 

1.   Entry of judgment in default action

First Schedule, Form 6, First Schedule, Form 7

Where the claim is contained in a default writ of summons and the defendant has not, within fifteen days from the date of service upon him of such summons and the accompanying affidavit and form of admission defence and counter-claim, either— [First Schedule, Form 6, First Schedule, Form 7]

      (a)   paid the claim and costs into court; or

      (b)   delivered to the clerk of the court the form of admission defence and counter-claim duly signed by the defendant or a notice to the same effect so signed;

then, on being satisfied that such summons, accompanying affidavit and form of admission defence and counter-claim have been served on the defendant personally or otherwise in conformity with order VII, and on a request to enter judgment by default in the prescribed form being filed by the plaintiff or his legal representative, the court or the clerk of that court may enter judgment in favour of the plaintiff against that defendant for the amount claimed and costs, and note the same on the court’s record of the case. A notice of judgment entered in the prescribed form shall thereupon be sent by the court to both plaintiff and defendant.

 

2.   Notice of hearing

Where the claim is contained in a default writ of summons and the defendant has, within fifteen days from the date of service upon him of such default writ of summons, accompanying affidavit and form of Admission Defence and Counter-claim, delivered to the clerk of the court the form of admission defence and counter-claim signed by him or a form to the like effect so signed, then the clerk of the court shall cause to be served upon the plaintiff and the defendant a notice of hearing in the prescribed form having endorsed thereon the place, time and date of hearing (the return day), and the provisions of rules 6, 7 and 8 of order VI and of order XXVIII shall apply in respect of such notice of hearing as if it were a writ of summons. [First Schedule, Form 8]

 

3.   Lapse of writ of summons

   (1) A default writ of summons that is not served within six months from the date of issue shall lapse.

   (2) Where a default writ of summons is duly served and the matter remains inactive for ninety days, the writ shall be deemed to have lapsed.

[Rule 3 ins by rule 6 of SI 29 of 2012.]

ORDER XXXIV
PROCEEDINGS AT THE HEARING

 

1.   Proceedings at hearing

The order of proceedings at the hearing of a cause or matter, where not otherwise by law prescribed and when judgment has not been entered in accordance with order XXXII, rules 1 to 5 inclusive, shall be in accordance with rules 2 to 8 inclusive of this order.

 

2.   Burden of proof: party to begin

The party on whom the burden of proof is thrown by the nature of the material issues or questions between the parties, according as the court may determine, has the right to begin. He may state his case.

 

3.   Evidence

He shall then produce his evidence and examine his witnesses.

 

4.   Summing up

When the party beginning has concluded his evidence, he shall ask the other party if he intends to call evidence (in which term is included evidence taken by affidavit or deposition or under commission and documentary evidence not already read or taken as read); and, if answered in the negative, he shall be entitled to sum up the evidence already given, and comment thereon; but, if answered in the affirmative, he shall wait for his general reply.

 

5.   Case of other party

When the party beginning has concluded his case, the other party shall be at liberty to state his case and to call evidence, and to sum up and comment thereon.

 

6.   General reply

If no evidence is called or read by the other party, the party beginning shall have no right to reply, unless he has been prevented from summing up his case by the statement of the other party of his intention to call evidence.

 

7.   Evidence in reply

If the party opposed to the party beginning calls or reads evidence, the party beginning shall be at liberty to reply generally on the whole case, or he may, by leave of the court, call fresh evidence in reply to the evidence given on the other side, on points material to the determination of the issues, or any of them, but not on collateral matters. [O.34, 35]

 

8.   Address thereon

Where evidence in reply is tendered and allowed to be given, the party against whom the same has been adduced shall be at liberty to address the court, and the party beginning shall be entitled to the general reply.

 

9.   Documentary evidence

Documentary evidence must be put in and read, or taken as read by consent.

 

10.   Marking documents

Every document put in evidence shall be marked by the Magistrate or clerk of the court at the time, and shall be retained by the court during the hearing, and returned to the party who put it in, or from whose custody it came, immediately after the judgment, unless it is impounded by order of the court.

 

11.   Where written pleadings not filed or parties are illiterate

In cases where written pleadings have not been filed or the parties or either of them are incapable of understanding their effect with sufficient accuracy, the preceding rules respecting the order of proceeding at the hearing shall be varied by the court so far as may be necessary. In particular, the statement of the defendant in defence, where he does not admit the whole cause of action, shall be heard immediately after the plaintiff has concluded the statement of his claim and of the grounds thereof, and before any witnesses are examined, unless, in any case, the court shall see reason to direct otherwise.

 

12.   Disallowance of vexatious questions in cross-examination

The court may, in all cases, disallow any question put in cross-examination to any party or other witness, which may appear to it to be vexatious and not relevant to any matter proper to be inquired into in the cause or matter.

 

13.   Witness called by court

The court may, in its discretion, allow either party to cross-examine any witness called by it on its own motion.

ORDER XXXV
JUDGMENT

 

1.   Delivery of judgment

The decision or judgment in any suit shall be delivered in open court, unless the court otherwise directs.

 

2.   Notice when reserved

If the court reserves judgment at the hearing, parties to the suit shall be served with notice to attend and hear judgment, unless the court, at the hearing, states the day on which judgment will be delivered, in which case there shall be no further notice.

 

3.   When parties deemed to have notice

All parties shall be deemed to have notice of the decision or judgment, if pronounced at the hearing, and all parties served with notice to attend and hear judgment shall be deemed to have notice of the judgment when pronounced. [O.35]

 

4.   Minute of judgment: its effect [First Schedule, Form 26]

A minute of every judgment, whether final or interlocutory, shall be made, and every such minute shall be a decree of the court, and shall have the full force and effect of a formal decree. The court may order a formal decree to be drawn up on the application of either party.

 

5.   Where set-off allowed

If the defendant shall have been allowed to set off any demand or counter-claim against the claim of the plaintiff, the judgment shall state what amount, if any, is due to the plaintiff, and what amount, if any, is due to the defendant, and shall be for the recovery of any sum which shall appear to be due to either party. The judgment with respect to any sum awarded to the defendant shall have the same effect and be subject to the same rules as if such sum had been claimed by the defendant in a separate suit against the plaintiff.

 

6.   Decree to be obeyed without demand

A person directed by a decree or order to pay money or do any other act is bound to obey the decree or order without any demand for payment or performance, and, if no time is therein expressed, he is bound to do so immediately after the decree or order has been made (except as to costs, the amount whereof may require to be ascertained by taxation), unless the court shall enlarge the time by any subsequent order.

 

7.   Court may direct time for payment or performance

The court, at the time of making any judgment or order, or at any time afterwards, may direct the time within which the payment or other act is to be made or done, reckoned from the date of the judgment or order, or from some other point of time, as the court thinks fit.

 

8.   Interest

Where a judgment or order is for a sum of money, interest at six per centum shall be payable thereon, unless the court otherwise orders.

 

9.   Payment by instalments

Where any judgment or order directs the payment of money, the court may, for any sufficient reason, order that the amount shall be paid by instalments, with or without interest. Such order may be made at the time of giving judgment, or at any time afterwards, and may be rescinded or varied, upon sufficient cause, at any time. Such order may state that, upon failure of any instalment, the whole amount remaining unpaid shall forthwith become due.

 

10.   Adjournment of proceedings for payment by instalments

   (1) Where any judgment for a sum of money is entered and at the time of the same being entered the defendant is not present in court, the court may, after entering judgment, adjourn the proceedings to such date and place as to the court may seem fit for the purpose of determining whether and in what terms an order should be made in accordance with rule 9.

   (2) Notice to defendant [ O.35, 36]

Where any proceedings are adjourned in accordance with this rule, the clerk of the court shall send to the defendant by registered post a notice informing him of the date and the place to which the proceedings have been adjourned.

   (3) Non-attendance of plaintiff

Where any proceedings are adjourned in accordance with this rule, it shall not ordinarily be necessary for the plaintiff or his representative to attend at the hearing of such adjourned proceedings:

Provided that—

      (i)   the plaintiff may, if necessary, attend at the same in person or by his legal representative;

      (ii)   where any order in accordance with rule 9 shall be made in the absence of the plaintiff or his legal representative, the clerk of the court shall send a memorandum of the same to the plaintiff or his legal representative.

   (4) Stay of execution

Notwithstanding anything in these Rules contained, where any proceedings are adjourned in accordance with this rule, no person shall be entitled, except with the leave of the court, to proceed to execution on, or otherwise to the enforcement of, any judgment or order given or made in the course of such proceedings until three clear days after the same have been finally disposed of. Stay of execution

ORDER XXXVI
RECORDING OF JUDGMENTS

 

1.   Register of judgments

Every judgment entered or given in any court for a fixed or liquidated sum of money shall be recorded by the clerk of the court in the judgments register kept by him. Any other judgment or order shall be recorded in the civil causes register.

 

2.   Judgment registers open to inspection

Subject as hereinafter provided by this order, every judgments register and the judgments section of every civil causes register shall be open for personal inspection during the hours in which court offices are open to the public.

 

3.   Individual searches [First Schedule, Form 68]

Where it is desired to make a personal search of the judgments register or of the judgments section of the civil causes register for entries against a named person, the applicant shall first lodge at the court office in which a search is to be made a form of application in the prescribed form and shall pay the fees prescribed.

 

4.   General searches [O.36, 37 First Schedule, Form 69 First Schedule, Form 70]

When it is desired to make general searches, during any calendar year, of the judgments register in any court office for entries against any number of unspecified judgment debtors, the applicant shall first apply to the Registrar of the High Court in the prescribed form and, on payment of the prescribed fee, the Registrar of the High Court shall issue or cause to be issued to such applicant a form of permit in the prescribed form. The production of such form of permit signed by the Registrar of the High Court shall be sufficient authority to make general searches of the judgments registers kept in any court office during the period specified in such permit and at times when such registers are open for public inspection.

 

5.   Judgments set aside, varied or reversed

Where any judgment entered in a judgments register or a civil causes register has been set aside, varied or reversed, the clerk of the court shall insert or cause to be inserted in the judgments register or civil causes register, as the case may be, a note to that effect against the record of such judgment.

 

6.   Judgments satisfied

Where any judgment entered in a judgments register or a civil causes register has been wholly satisfied or complied with, the clerk of the court shall, on an application in writing made by any party to the action in which the judgment was entered, and upon proof of the satisfaction thereof, insert or cause to be inserted in the judgments register or civil causes register, as the case may be, a note to that effect against the record of such judgment.

ORDER XXXVII
AFFILIATION AND MAINTENANCE OF CHILDREN ACT

I - Interpretation

 

1.   Interpretation

   (1) In this order, unless the context otherwise requires—

“the Act” means the Affiliation and Maintenance of Children Act.

   (2) Expressions used in this order which are used in the Act have the same meanings as in that Act.

   (3) Any reference in this order to the administering court in relation to a maintenance order or a related attachment of earnings order is a reference to a subordinate court—

      (a)   which made the maintenance order;

      (b)   in which the maintenance order is registered under the Act, or under the Affiliation and Maintenance of Children Act;

      (c)   by which the maintenance order was confirmed under the Act.

   (4) Any reference in this order to the register is a reference to the register kept in accordance with rule 54 of the Magistrates’ courts Rules, 1952, of the United Kingdom, in so far as these rules are applicable in Zambia.

   (5) Any reference in this order to a form in the First Schedule shall include a reference to a form to the like effect with such variations as the circumstances may require.

II - Procedure under Part II of the Act [O.37]

 

2.   Application for registration under section 4(3) of the Act

An application for the registration in the High Court of a subordinate court order need not be in writing or on oath.

 

3.   Manner in which subordinate court is to be satisfied as to various matters

   (1) On an application for the registration in the High Court of a subordinate court order, the court shall be satisfied in the manner provided by sub-rule (4) as to the amount due and unpaid under the order at the time the application was made.

   (2) Where such an application as aforesaid is granted, the court shall be satisfied in the manner provided by sub-rule (4) that no process for the enforcement of the order issued before the grant of the application remains in force.

   (3) Where the court receives a notice given under section 7 of the Act (which relates to the cancellation of registration) the court shall be satisfied, in the manner provided by sub-rule (4), that no process for the enforcement of the order issued before the giving of the notice remains in force and that no proceedings for the variation of the order are pending in a subordinate court.

   (4) For the purpose of satisfying the court as to the matters referred to in this rule—

   (a)    if the person through or to whom payments are ordered to be made is the clerk of a subordinate court, there shall be produced a certificate in that behalf purporting to be signed by the clerk in the appropriate prescribed form; [First Schedule, Forms 71, 72 and 73]

   (b)    in any other case, there shall be produced a document purporting to be a statutory declaration in that behalf in the appropriate prescribed form. [First Schedule, Forms 74, 75 and 76]

 

4.   Copy of subordinate court order sent to the High Court for registration

Where an application for the registration of a subordinate court order is granted and the court is satisfied that no process issued for the enforcement of the order before the grant of the application remains in force, the court shall, in accordance with paragraph (c) of sub-section (4) of section 4 of the Act, cause the clerk to send a copy of the order, certified to be a true copy thereof in the prescribed form, to the Registrar of the High Court or to such District Registrar as may be specified by the applicant. [First Schedule, Form 77]

 

5.   Registration of High Court order in a Magistrate’s court

Where a clerk of a Magistrate’s court in accordance with paragraph (b) of sub-section (2) of section 4 of the Act receives from an officer of the High Court a certified true copy of a High Court order, he shall cause the order to be registered in his court by means of a memorandum entered and signed by him in the register and shall send written notice to that officer of the High Court that it has been duly registered. [O.37]

 

6.   Notices as respects payments through a clerk of a Magistrate’s court

   (1) Where an order is made under sub-section (7) of section 4 of the Act that all payments to be made under a maintenance order made in the High Court shall, on its registration in a Magistrate’s court, be made through a proper officer of the Magistrate’s court in which the maintenance order is registered, the clerk of the court shall give notice thereof in the prescribed form. [First Schedule, Form 78]

   (2) When payments under a subordinate court order have, on its registration in the High Court, ceased to be payable to a clerk of a subordinate court, by virtue of sub-section (6) of section 4 of the Act, a notice shall be given by the clerk of the original court and shall be in the prescribed form and, where payments have been payable through a clerk other than the clerk of the original court, he shall send a copy of the said notice to that other clerk. [First Schedule, Form 79]

   (3) A notice under sub-section (5) of section 7 of the Act that the registration in a Magistrate’s court of a High Court order has been cancelled and that payments thereunder have ceased to be payable through a clerk of a Magistrate’s court shall be given by the clerk of the court of registration and shall be in the prescribed form and, where payments have been payable through a clerk other than the clerk of the court of registration, he shall send a copy of the said notice to that other clerk. [First Schedule, Form 80]

   (4) A notice given in accordance with the preceding provisions of this rule shall be delivered to the person liable to make payments under the order to which the notice relates or sent by post to that person at his last known address.

 

7.   Remission to the original court of application for variation of registered maintenance order

An order under sub-section (4) of section 6 of the Act remitting an application for the variation of a High Court order registered in a Magistrate’s court to the original court shall be in the prescribed form. [First Schedule, Form 81]

 

8.   Notice of variation, remission, discharge or cancellation of registration by a Magistrate’s court or subordinate court of a registered order

   (1) Where a High Court order registered in a Magistrate’s court is, under sub-section (2) of section 6 of the Act, varied by a Magistrate’s court, the clerk of the last-mentioned court shall give notice of the variation to the High Court.

   (2) Where an application for the variation of a High Court order registered in a Magistrate’s court is, under sub-section (4) of section 6 of the Act, remitted to the original court by a Magistrate’s court, the clerk of the last-mentioned court shall give notice of the remission to the High Court. [O.37]

   (3) Where the registration of a High Court order in a Magistrate’s court is, under sub-section (4) of section 7 of the Act, cancelled by the court of registration, the clerk of the last-mentioned court shall give notice of cancellation to the High Court stating, if such be the case, that the cancellation is in consequence of a notice given under sub-section (1) of the said section 7.

   (4) Where a subordinate court order registered in the High Court is varied or discharged by a subordinate court, the clerk of the last-mentioned court shall give notice of the variation or discharge, as the case may be, to the High Court.

   (5) Notice under the preceding provisions of this rule shall be given by sending to the appropriate officer of the High Court a copy of the order of variation, remission, cancellation or discharge, as the case may be, certified to be a true copy thereof by the clerk of the subordinate court and marked, in the case of a High Court maintenance order, with the title and cause number.

   (6) For the purposes of sub-rule (5), the appropriate officer of the High Court shall be—

      (a)   in relation to a High Court order registered in a Magistrate’s court, the officer to whom notice of registration was given under rule 5;

      (b)   in relation to a subordinate court order registered in the High Court, the officer to whom a copy of the order was sent under rule 4.

   (7) Where a subordinate court order registered in the High Court is discharged by a subordinate court and it appears to the last-mentioned court that no arrears remain to be recovered, notice under subsection (3) of section 7 of the Act shall be given by an endorsement in the prescribed form on the certified copy of the order of discharge referred to in sub-rule (5). [First Schedule, Form 82]

 

9.   Where any notice is received —

      (a)   of the registration in the High Court of a subordinate court order;

      (b)   of the discharge or variation by the High Court of a High Court order registered in a Magistrate’s court;

   (c)      under sub-section (1) or (2) of section 7 of the Act (which relates to the cancellation of registration); Notices received from the High Court or from a person entitled to payments the clerk of the subordinate court shall cause particulars of the notice to be registered in his court by means of a memorandum entered and signed by him in the register and, in the case of a notice under sub-section (1) or (2) of section 7 of the Act, shall cause the person in possession of any warrant of commitment, issued but not executed, for the enforcement of the order to be informed of the giving of the notice. [O.37]

 

10.   Jurisdiction as respects complaints for variation of High Court maintenance orders

Rule 34 of the Magistrate’s Courts Rules, 1952, of the United Kingdom (which relates to jurisdiction to hear certain complaints), in so far as the same is applicable in Zambia, shall apply to a complaint for the variation of a High Court order registered in a Magistrate’s court as if the order were an affiliation order made by the court of registration and as if in sub-rule (4) of the said rule for the words “shall cause” there were substituted the words “may cause.”

III - Procedure under Part III of the Act

 

11.   Attachment of earnings order [First Schedule, Form 83]

An attachment of earnings order shall be in the prescribed form.

 

12.   Orders and notices to be served on and given to employer

   (1) Where a subordinate court makes an attachment of earnings order or an order varying or discharging such an order, the clerk of the court shall cause a copy of the order to be served on the person to whom the order is directed and shall send a copy of the order to the defendant.

   (2) Where an attachment of earnings order made by a subordinate court ceases to have effect as provided in sub-section (2) of section 11 of the Act, the clerk of the administering court shall give notice in writing of the cessation to the person to whom the attachment of earnings order was directed.

 

13.   Particulars of defendant

The particulars of the defendant for the purpose of enabling him to be identified which, so far as they are known, are to be included in an attachment of earnings order under sub-section (3) of section 8 of the Act and which the defendant may be ordered to give to the court under sub-section (1) of section 13 of the Act shall be—

      (a)   full name and address;

      (b)   age;

      (c)   place of work;

      (d)   nature of work.

 

14.   Defendant not employed by person to whom attachment of earnings order directed [First Schedule, Form 84]

A person to whom the attachment of earnings order is directed who, at the time when a copy of the order is served on him or any time thereafter, has on no occasion during a period of four weeks immediately preceding that time been the defendant’s employer, shall forthwith, under sub-section (4) of section 12 of the Act give notice to the court which made the order in the prescribed form.

 

15.   Notice of application for appropriate variation order [O.37]

The clerk of a subordinate court, by which an application under sub-section (5) of section 11 of the Act for the appropriate variation of an attachment of earnings order is to be heard, shall give notice in writing of the time and place appointed for the hearing of the application to such person entitled to receive payment under the related maintenance order as is specified by the attachment of earnings order.

 

16.   Jurisdiction as respects complaints for the discharge and variation of attachment of earnings orders.

   (1) This rule shall apply to a complaint for the discharge or variation of an attachment of earnings order, except where the related maintenance order—

      (a)   is an affiliation order and jurisdiction is conferred by paragraph (a) of sub-section (2) of section 111 of the Juveniles Act, to courts having jurisdiction in the place where the person liable thereunder is residing;

      (b)   is an order made under section 110 of the Juveniles Act.

   (2) Where a complaint is made to a Magistrate having jurisdiction in the same district as the court which made the attachment of earnings order and it appears to him that—

      (a)   the person in whose favour the attachment of earnings order was made; or

      (b)   the person liable to make payments under the related maintenance order;

is for the time being in some district other than that in which the Magistrate has jurisdiction, or that the complainant is the clerk of a subordinate court having jurisdiction in such other district, then, if it appears to the Magistrate that the complaint may be more conveniently dealt with by a subordinate court having jurisdiction in that other district, he may cause the clerk of the court to send the complaint by post to the clerk of the other court and for that purpose shall write down the complaint if this has not already been done.

   (3) On receipt by the clerk of a subordinate court of a complaint under sub-rule (2), he shall bring the complaint before the court and the court shall issue a summons requiring the person appropriate under sub-section (3) of section 18 of the Act to appear before it, and shall hear and determine the complaint.

 

17.   Applications under section 14 of the Act

   (1) An application under section 14 of the Act, for a determination whether payments of a particular class or description are earnings for the purposes of the attachment of earnings order, shall be in writing and may be made by the applicant in person, by his solicitor or by such person as may be authorised by him in that behalf.

   (2) The parties to proceedings in pursuance of such an application as aforesaid shall be the person to whom the attachment of earnings order is directed, the person in whose favour the order is made and the person liable to make payments under the related maintenance order. [ O.37]

   (3) Where such an application as aforesaid is made to a court and the Magistrate having jurisdiction in the same district as the court determines that the application could more conveniently be dealt with by a subordinate court acting for some other district, being a district in which one of the parties is for the time being or a district in which the person to whom the attachment of earnings order is directed trades or conducts business, he may cause the clerk of the court to send by post to the clerk of that other court the application together with the name and other particulars of each of the parties, and the clerk of that other court shall bring the application before that court.

   (4) The clerk of the court by which such an application as aforesaid is to be heard—

      (a)   shall serve written notice on the parties to the proceedings of the time and place appointed for the hearing of the application; and

      (b)   shall, when the hearing is concluded, give written notice to the parties to the proceedings, of the determination of the court.

   (5) A court may, if the applicant does not appear, dismiss such an application as aforesaid and shall not begin to hear such an application in the absence of any of the other parties to the proceedings unless it is proved to the satisfaction of the court, on oath or in the manner prescribed by rule 55 of the Magistrate’s Courts Rules, 1952, of the United Kingdom, in so far as the same is applicable in Zambia, that the provisions of paragraph (a) of sub-rule (4) have been complied with.

 

18.   Method of making payment under attachment of earnings order

   (1) The clerk of a subordinate court to whom any payment under an attachment of earnings order is to be made shall notify the person to whom the order is directed and such person entitled to receive payments under the related maintenance order as is specified by the attachment of earnings order of the hours during which, and the place at which, payments are, subject to the provisions of this rule, to be made and received.

   (2) If an employer makes any payment under an attachment of earnings order to a clerk of a subordinate court by post, he shall do so at his own risk and expense.

   (3) A clerk of the subordinate court may send by post any payment under an attachment of earnings order to such person entitled thereto as is specified by the attachment of earnings order at the request and the risk and expense of that person.

 

19.   Payment under attachment of earnings order after imprisonment imposed [ O.37 ]

   (1) Where imprisonment or other detention has been imposed for the purpose of enforcing a maintenance order, the clerk of a subordinate court to whom any payment under a related attachment of earnings order is to be made—

      (a)   in relation to such a payment shall be a person authorised to receive the said payment for the purposes of section 67 (2) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act, 1952, of the United Kingdom (which relates to release from custody and reduction of detention on payment), in so far as this Act is applicable in Zambia;

      (b)   on receiving such a payment shall notify the person authorised for the purposes aforesaid by rule 45 (1) of the Magistrates’ Courts Rules, 1952, of the United Kingdom, in so far as the same is applicable in Zambia, of the sum received.

   (2) Where a person receives notice of the receipt of a sum under sub-rule (1), he shall note the receipt of that sum on the warrant of commitment, if any, held by him.

 

20.   Service of orders and notices

Where under section 13 of the Act (which relates to statements of earnings, etc.) an order is directed to the defendant or to a person appearing to be an employer of the defendant or where under this Part a copy of an order is to be served or a notice is to be given to any person—

      (a)   service may be effected on, or notice may be given to, a person other than a corporation by delivering it to the person to whom it is directed or by sending it by post in a letter addressed to him at his last known or usual place of abode or, in the case of a person appearing to be an employer of the defendant or of a person to whom the related attachment of earnings order is directed, at his place of business;

      (b)   service may be effected on, or notice given to, a corporation by delivering the document at, or sending it to—

      (i)   such office or place as the corporation may, for the purpose of this rule, have specified in writing to the court which made the order or the related attachment of earnings order in relation to the defendant or to the class or description of persons to which he belongs; or

      (ii)   the registered office of the corporation if that office is in Zambia or, if there is no registered office in Zambia, any place therein where the corporation trades or conducts its business.

IV - Miscellaneous and Supplemental

 

21.   Administering court to be informed of proceedings in foreign court [O.37, 38]

Where any decision is reached, or warrant of distress or commitment is issued, in pursuance of a complaint or application relating to a maintenance order or the enforcement of a maintenance order (including an application under section 14 of the Act, which relates to the determination whether payments are earnings), being a complaint or application heard by a subordinate court other than the administering court—

      (a)   the clerk of the first-mentioned court shall forthwith send by post to the clerk of the administering court an extract from the register containing a minute or memorandum of the decision or of the issue of the warrant, as the case may be;

      (b)   on receipt of the extract the last-mentioned clerk shall enter the minute or memorandum in his register.

ORDER XXXVIII
REVIEW

 

1.   Power to review

Any Magistrate may, upon such grounds as he shall consider sufficient and either on application by any party to a cause or matter or of his own motion, review any judgment or decision given by him (except where an appeal shall have been entered by any party, and such appeal is not withdrawn), and, upon such review, it shall be lawful for him to open and rehear such cause or matter, wholly or in part, and to take fresh evidence, and to reverse, vary or confirm his previous judgment or decision:

Provided that the Magistrate shall not rehear any evidence or take any fresh evidence unless he shall have reason to believe that there has been a miscarriage of justice.

 

2.   Application within 14 days

Any application by any party for review of any judgment or decision shall be made not later than fourteen days after such judgment or decision. After the expiration of fourteen days, an application for review shall not be admitted except by special leave of the court and on such terms as to the court seem just.

 

3.   Magistrate to notify parties

   (1) A Magistrate shall not proceed of his own motion to review any judgment or decision under this order until he shall have caused notice of his intention to do so to be served on all parties to the suit (which service may be by registered post) and until all such parties shall have had an opportunity to appear before him and be heard.

   (2) Such notice as is in this rule mentioned shall be served on all the parties concerned within twenty-eight days after the judgment or decision which the Magistrate has decided to review.

 

4.   Stay of execution

The application of any party or the decision of the Magistrate to review of his own motion shall not of itself operate as a stay of execution, unless the court so orders, and such order may be made upon such terms as to security for performance of the judgment or decision or otherwise as the court may consider necessary. Any money in court in the suit shall be retained to abide the result of the motion or the further order of the court. [O.38, 39]

 

5.   Setting aside of judgment

The court in which a judgment has been entered under the provisions of rule 1 of order XXXIII may at any time, upon application by an interested person and upon such terms as it thinks just, set aside in whole or in part such judgment where it is satisfied that the interests of justice require such action.

ORDER XXXIX
COSTS

 

1.   What included in costs

Under the denomination of costs is included the whole of the expenses necessarily incurred by either party on account of any cause or matter, and in enforcing the decree or order made therein, such as the expenses of summoning and of the attendance of the parties and witnesses, and of procuring copies of documents, the fees of court, or the remuneration of referees.

 

2.   How amount of costs determined

   (1) All questions relating to the amount of costs shall, unless summarily determined by the court, be referred to the Taxing Master, and, after notice of taxation, to the parties, be ascertained by him.

   (2) Any party who may be dissatisfied with the certificate or allocatur of the Taxing Master as to any item or part of any item which may have been objected to before the Taxing Master may, within twenty-one days from the date of the certificate or allocatur, or such other time as the Taxing Master, at the time he signs his certificate or allocatur, may allow, apply to the court for an order to review the taxation as to the said item or part of an item, and the court may thereupon make such order as the court may think fit; but the certificate or allocatur of the Taxing Master, subject to the proviso to sub-rule (3), shall be final and conclusive as to all matters which shall not have been objected to before the Taxing Master.

   (3) Such application shall be heard and determined by the court upon the evidence which shall have been brought in before the Taxing Master, and no further evidence shall be heard on the hearing thereof, unless the court shall otherwise direct:

Provided that, where any party fails to appear at the taxation after notice, and the taxation has been proceeded with in his absence, such party may apply to the court for a review of taxation within the time limited as aforesaid, and the court, if satisfied that the non-appearance is due to no default of such party, may set aside or review such taxation.

 

3.   Costs in discretion of court

The costs of every suit or matter and of each particular proceeding therein shall be in the discretion of the court; and the court shall have full power to award and apportion costs, in any manner it may deem just, and, in the absence of any express direction by the court, costs shall abide the event of the suit or proceeding: [O.39]

Provided that the court shall not order the successful party in a suit to pay to the unsuccessful party the costs of the whole suit; although the court may order the successful party, notwithstanding his success in the suit, to pay the costs of any particular proceeding therein.

 

4.   Security for costs

Where a plaintiff does not, or does not ordinarily, reside in Zambia, the court may, either on its own motion or on the application of any defendant, if it sees fit, require any plaintiff in any suit, either at the commencement or at any time during the progress thereof, to give security for costs to the satisfaction of the court, by deposit or otherwise, or to give further or better security.

 

5.   Stay of proceedings pending payment of security for costs

Where the court orders costs to be paid, or security to be given for costs, by any party, the court may, if it thinks fit, order all proceedings by or on behalf of that party in the same suit or proceeding, or connected therewith, to be stayed until the costs are paid or security given accordingly, but such order shall not supersede the use of any other lawful method of enforcing payment.

 

6.   Costs out of fund in suit

The court may order any costs to be paid out of any fund or property to which a suit or matter relates.

 

7.   Discretion of Taxing Master

Upon any taxation of costs, the Taxing Master may, in determining the remuneration to be allowed, have regard, subject to any rule of court, to the skill, labour and responsibility involved. If, on having regard to the said matters, the Taxing Master considers that there are special reasons why costs in excess of those laid down in the Fourth Schedule should be allowed in any cause or matter, he may, in respect of any particular application made or business done, allow such costs as seem to him reasonable.

[Am by GN 166 of 1950.]

 

8.   Taxation

In taxation of costs between party and party, nothing shall be allowed in respect of fees paid to the court beyond what was necessary, having regard to the amount recovered on judgment.

 

9.   Page to be A4 size

A reference in the schedule to these rules to a page means a sheet of A4 size.

[Am by SI 104 of 1986;11 of 1990.]

ORDER XL
ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS

 

1.   Orders in general

Any order of the court made in any civil cause or matter may be enforced in the same manner as a decree to the same effect.

 

2.   Interlocutory orders

Any interlocutory order may be enforced by any of the methods applicable thereto by which a final order is enforceable.

 

3.   Staying proceedings and judgment by default

Interlocutory orders may also be enforced according to the following provisions—

      (a)   if a plaintiff in a suit makes default or fails in fulfilling any interlocutory order, the court may, if it thinks fit, stay further proceedings in the suit until the order is fulfilled, or may give a judgment of nonsuit against such plaintiff, with or without liberty of bringing any other suit on the same grounds of action, or may make such other order on such terms as to the court shall seem fit;

      (b)   if a defendant in any suit makes such default or failure, the court may give judgment by default against such defendant, or make such other order as to the court may seem just:

Provided that any such judgment by default may be set aside by the court upon such terms as to costs or otherwise as the court may think fit.

ORDER XLI
EXECUTION

I - General

 

1.   Three days’ grace after judgment

No proceedings by way of execution shall be taken until three clear days after the date of the judgment or order.

2. Notwithstanding anything contained in the last preceding rule, the court may, if it thinks fit, order immediate execution.

II - Writs of Fieri Facias and Sale

 

3.   Writ of fieri facias

   (1) A party in whose favour any judgment of a court for the payment of money is given may sue out of the office of the clerk of the court a writ of fiery facias for execution of the same, if the same is not satisfied:

Provided that the writ of fiery facias shall not be issued unless the applicant has filed an affidavit of service of the judgement to which it relates.

   (2) An application for a stay of execution of a judgement shall not be entertained after seven days from the date service of the judgement to which the application relates.

<FT:Verdana,SN>[Rule 3 subs by rule 7 of SI 29 of 2012.]

 

4.   Form of writ [First Schedule, Form 27 O.41]

The writ of fieri facias shall be in the prescribed form and shall be under the hand of a Magistrate of the court in which the judgment was given. It shall be directed to the Under- Sheriff who shall be empowered to levy, by distress and sale of the personal property, wherever found within the jurisdiction of the court, of the person against whom the judgment was given (hereinafter in this order called the judgment debtor) such sum as shall be specified in the writ, together with the costs of execution, and all police officers shall aid in the execution.

 

5.   Property liable to execution

All personal property belonging to a party against whom execution is to be enforced, and whether held in his own name or by another party in trust for him or on his behalf (except the wearing apparel and bedding of himself or his family and the tools and implements of his trade, if any, to the value of twenty or, in the case of a farmer, two hundred kwacha) is liable to attachment and sale in execution of the decree.

 

6.   Walking possession [First Schedule, Form 28]

When the Under-Sheriff, Bailiff or other person is charged with the levying of an execution, he shall not enter into mere walking possession, nor delay the execution with a view to taking walking possession only, unless and until the person against whom such execution has been issued signs a request and authority for walking possession.

 

7.   Procedure on execution

No sale of goods in execution shall be made until the end of five days next after such goods were seized, unless such goods are perishable, or on the request of the party whose goods are seized. Where the property seized is of a value estimated to exceed forty kwacha, the sale shall be advertised at least once in a newspaper, if any, circulating in the district where the sale is to take place.

 

8.   Sale in execution

Any property sold in execution of a writ of fieri facias shall be sold publicly and for ready money by the Under-Sheriff or his agent to the highest bidder at such place as the Under-Sheriff shall appoint; and the said Under-Sheriff shall cause a notice of the sale and of the day and place thereof to be exhibited at a public place at or about the court house, and also at a public place where or as near as may be to the place where the said sale is to take place, not less than three clear days before the day appointed for the said sale.

 

9.   Payment before sale

If the party against whom execution has issued shall, before actual sale, pay or tender to the clerk of the court or to the Under-Sheriff or his agent the amount specified in the writ, or so much thereof as the person entitled thereto shall agree to accept in full discharge, together with the costs of the execution, then the execution shall be superseded and the property discharged.

 

10.   Endorsement of writ for execution elsewhere [O.41]

Whenever there shall not be found within the jurisdiction of the court from which the writ was issued sufficient property from which the amount specified on the writ, together with the costs of the execution, can be levied, the writ may be sent to and shall be endorsed by the Magistrate of any other court having jurisdiction in any other district where the judgment debtor has property, and shall have the like force and effect, and may be executed within the district of the Magistrate by whom it has been endorsed as if it had been issued by such last-mentioned Magistrate.

 

11.   Return of writ

   (1) In all cases the Under-Sheriff, bailiff or other person charged with the execution of any particular process shall render a return in the prescribed form within seven days after the execution thereof, whether in whole or in part, or after any payment to avoid such execution, specifying the extent to which such process shall have been executed or payment made, and, in the event of the same not being fully executed or payment in full not having been made at the expiration of the first and each succeeding month thereafter, he shall render a return in similar form specifying the reason or reasons why such execution is so incomplete. (2) Any return required to be rendered under sub-rule (1) shall be rendered to the court in duplicate, and the duplicate thereof shall thereon be despatched by the clerk of the court to the party’s solicitor or to the party himself if he is acting in person, as the case may be, who has required such process to be executed. [First Schedule, Form 12]

 

12.   Duration and renewal of writ of fieri facias

   (1) A writ of execution if unexecuted shall remain in force for one year only from its issue, but such writ may, at any time before its expiration, by leave of the court, be renewed by the party issuing it for one year from the date of such renewal, and so on from time to time during the continuance of the renewed writ.

   (2) A note of the renewal shall be endorsed on the writ which shall have effect and be entitled to priority according to the time of its original issue.

III - Judgment Summons and Commitment

 

13.   Judgment summons to be served personally

No order of commitment under section 4 of the Debtors Act shall be made unless a summons to appear and be examined on oath (hereinafter in this order called a judgment summons) has been personally served upon the judgment debtor. [First Schedule, Form 29.]

 

14.   Application in writing for issue

A person entitled to enforce a judgment or order, and requiring a judgment summons to issue, shall apply in writing to the clerk of the court for the issue of the same. Such application shall be signed by the applicant, or by his solicitor on his behalf, and shall give the full names and addresses of, or otherwise sufficiently identify, every person against whom the judgment summons is to be issued.

 

15.   Where two or more defendants [O.41]

Where a judgment has been given or an order made against two or more persons, the person entitled to enforce the judgment or order may require a judgment summons to be issued against all or any one or more of the persons liable under the judgment or order.

 

16.   Against a firm, etc.

   (1) Where a judgment or order is against a firm, or against a person not in his own name but in some other name in which he is carrying on business, and the person entitled to enforce the judgment or order desires to do so by judgment summons against any person whom he alleges to be liable under the judgment or order as a partner in or the sole member of the firm, or as the person carrying on business in a name other than his own as aforesaid, he shall file an affidavit, together with a copy thereof, stating the grounds upon which the person against whom the judgment summons is sought is alleged to be liable, with the deponent’s sources of information and grounds of belief, and thereupon a judgment summons may be issued directed to the person alleged to be liable as aforesaid, and there shall be annexed to such judgment summons and served therewith a copy of the said affidavit. [First Schedule, Form 30]

   (2) If, on the return day, such person denies his liability, the court may decide the question on the evidence then before it, or may order the question to be tried and determined in an action to be commenced by summons in the ordinary way.

 

17.   Evidence as to means

Witnesses may be summoned to prove the means of a judgment debtor in the same manner as witnesses are summoned to give evidence upon the hearing of an action, and their expenses may be allowed.

 

18.   Compelling attendance of witnesses

A person served with a judgment summons, and any person summoned under the last preceding rule, shall be deemed a person duly summoned to give evidence within the meaning of section 42 of the Act.

 

19.   Adjournment

The hearing of a judgment summons may, by leave of the court, be adjourned from time to time.

 

20.   Where judgment summons applied for at a court in which judgment was not obtained

Where a judgment creditor desires to apply for a judgment summons to a court other than the court in which the judgment or order was obtained, he shall obtain from the clerk of the last-mentioned court a certified copy of the judgment or order in the action and file the same with his application. The certificate shall, where the amount to be paid was directed to be paid into court either forthwith or at a specified time or by instalments, state the date on which the last payment into court, if any, under such judgment or order was made, or, if no payment into court has been made, the date upon which default was made.

 

21.   Evidence by affidavit

Where a judgment creditor at whose instance a judgment summons is issued, or a judgment debtor summoned to appear by a judgment summons, does not reside within a district within which the court in which the summons is to be heard has jurisdiction, he may forward to the court from which the summons is issued an affidavit setting forth any facts which he may wish to be before the court prior to any order being made on the summons. And the court may, if it thinks fit, on the hearing of the judgment summons, admit the affidavit as evidence of the person by whom the same is made. [O.41]

 

22.   Where judgment summons heard in a court other that that in which judgment was obtained

   (1) Where a judgment summons is heard in a court other than that in which the original judgment or order was obtained, a certified copy of the order (if any) made on such hearing shall be sent by the clerk of the court to the clerk of the court in which the original judgment or order was obtained, and shall be entered by such last-mentioned clerk of the court on the minute of the original judgment or order.

   (2) If, on such hearing, an order of commitment or an order altering the terms of the original judgment or order is made, the proceedings shall be thereby transferred to the court in which such order is made; and all payments, whether under the order of commitment, or under the original judgment or order, or under the new order, shall be made into, and execution or other process for enforcing either the order of commitment or the original judgment or order, or the new order, shall be issued by, the court making such order of commitment or new order.

   (3) If, on such hearing, no order is made, the judgment or order shall remain in the court in which it was obtained and the certified copy thereof, filed in conformity with rule 20, shall be returned to that court; and subsequent payments thereunder shall be made into, and subsequent proceedings for the enforcement thereof may be taken in, such last-mentioned court.

 

23.   Where order of commitment sent to another court

If any order of commitment shall have been made against any person, and such person shall be out of the jurisdiction of the court making such order, the clerk of the court shall send the order of commitment to the clerk of the court within the jurisdiction of which such person shall then be or be believed to be, and the Magistrate of the court to which the same shall be sent shall endorse his signature to the same, and the order of commitment shall then be executed as if issued by such last-mentioned court.

 

24.   Provisions if receiving order has been made

   (1) Where, upon the return day of a judgment summons, the judgment debtor satisfies the Magistrate that a receiving order has been made for the protection of his estate, or that he has been adjudicated bankrupt, or that a composition order has been made against him, and that the debt was provable therein, no order of commitment shall be made. [O.41]

   (2) Where an order of commitment has been made, and the Magistrate making the same shall thereafter be satisfied that a receiving order has been made for the protection of the estate of the judgment debtor against whom such order was made, or that he has been adjudicated bankrupt, or that a composition order has been made against him, and that the debt in respect of which the order was made was provable therein, the order of commitment shall not issue, and, if issued and not executed, shall be recalled. If such order has been executed, the Magistrate of the district in which the judgment debtor is in custody, on being satisfied as to the aforesaid facts, shall order him to be discharged.

 

25.   Order on judgment summons

   (1) On the hearing of a judgment summons, the Magistrate, if he is of opinion that an order of commitment ought not to be made, may refuse to make any order, or may make a fresh order for payment of the amount remaining due and unpaid under the judgment or order, either at a specified time or by instalments.

   (2) Suspension of order of commitment

If an order of commitment is made, the Magistrate may direct that the execution of such order be suspended to enable the debtor to pay the amount in respect of which such order is made, by instalments or otherwise. When such direction is given, notice thereof shall be sent to the debtor, unless he be present in court when such direction is given.

   (3) Variation of instalments

The Magistrate may, from time to time, upon the application of either party after reasonable notice to the other party of the time and place when and where such application will be heard, vary the amount of such instalments by such amount as will in his opinion meet the ability of the judgment debtor to pay the same.

   (4) Payments to be made into court

Subject to the provisions of rules 27 and 28, all payments under a fresh order or order of commitment shall be paid into court.

   (5) Form, date, duration and extension of order of commitment

An order of commitment shall be according to such one of the prescribed forms in the First Schedule as shall be applicable to the circumstances of the case, and shall, on whatever date it may be issued from the office of the clerk of the court, bear date on the day on which the order of commitment was made, and shall, if unexecuted, remain in force for one year only from and exclusive of such date, unless renewed in manner hereinafter provided; but the Magistrate may, at any time before or after the expiration of such year, and so on from time to time, extend the time within which the order may be executed, for any time not exceeding one year from the date upon which it would otherwise have ceased to be in force. An order of extension may be made either before or after the order of commitment is issued, and the fact of an extension having been made shall be endorsed on the order of commitment. [First Schedule, Forms 31 and 32]

   (6) Costs

Costs may be allowed on the renewal of an order of commitment.

   (7) Execution of order of commitment

An order of commitment shall be executed by a bailiff or by a police officer (hereinafter in this order referred to as the bailiff).

   (8) Adjournment

If no order of commitment or fresh order for payment is made on the hearing of a judgment summons, but the Magistrate considers that under the circumstances the action of the judgment creditor in applying for a judgment summons was justified, the Magistrate may, instead of dismissing the summons, adjourn the same. [O.41]

   (9) Amount of commitment

Where an order of commitment is made and is suspended to enable the debtor to pay the amount of the judgment debt by instalments, then and in such case, if the debtor fails to pay any such instalment or instalments, the order of commitment shall be deemed to be in respect only of the amount of any such instalment or instalments as shall be due and unpaid at the time the order is executed and not in respect of the amount in respect of which it was originally made.

   (10) Returns by bailiff

When a bailiff is charged with the execution of an order of commitment, he shall render a return of due execution within seven days after the same shall have been carried into effect or payment or part payment made in lieu, and, in the event of the same not having been carried into effect or payment made as aforesaid at the expiration of fourteen days from the date of receipt thereof and each succeding fourteen days thereafter, he shall render a return specifying the reason or reasons for such non-execution.

   (11) Returns to be rendered in duplicate

Any return required to be rendered under sub-rule (10) shall be rendered to the court in duplicate, and the duplicate thereof shall thereon be despatched by the clerk of court to the party’s solicitor or to the party himself if he is acting in person, as the case may be, who has required such order to be executed.

[Am by GN 135 of 1959.]

 

26.   Commitment order in respect of instalments

Where a judgment or order has been given or made for payment by instalments, and an order of commitment is made in respect of the non-payment of one or more of such instalments before the whole of such instalments have become due, then, if the Magistrate orders the execution of the order of commitment to be suspended to enable the debtor to pay the amount in respect of the non-payment of which the order is made, by instalments or otherwise, he may, if he thinks fit, order that the judgment or order for payment of instalments shall also be suspended for so long as the execution of the order of commitment is suspended, or for any less period. If the Magistrate makes such order as last mentioned, he may, at any subsequent time, order that the suspension of the judgment or order for payment of instalments shall cease; and, if the plaintiff withdraws or abandons the order of commitment, the suspension of the judgment or order for payment of instalments shall cease to operate on such withdrawal or abandonment.

 

27.   Debtor may pay amount endorsed on commitment order at any time [O.41]

When an order of commitment for non-payment of money is issued, the debtor may, at any time before his body is delivered into the custody of the gaoler, pay to the bailiff the amount endorsed on the order as that on the payment of which he may be discharged; and, on receiving such amount, the bailiff shall discharge the debtor, and shall, within twenty-four hours after receiving such amount, pay over the same to the clerk of the court.

 

28.   How and where amount may be paid

   (1) After the making of an order of commitment for non-payment of money, money in respect of the amount due may be paid either into the court making the order or into the court to which the order has been sent for execution. Instead of being paid into court as aforesaid, such money, prior to the person against whom the order of commitment has been made being delivered into the custody of the gaoler, may be paid to the bailiff holding the order of commitment, and, after delivery into the custody of the gaoler, to such gaoler.

   (2) Where payment is made into the court having jurisdiction in the district in which the order of commitment is to be executed, the clerk of the court shall notify the fact and amount of such payment to the bailiff holding such order, if the judgment debtor has not yet been delivered into the custody of the gaoler, and to the gaoler, if the judgment debtor has been delivered into custody as aforesaid. If the bailiff shall receive payment or notice of payment under this rule or any money in respect of the amount due, he shall, on delivering the judgment debtor into the custody of the gaoler, notify the gaoler of the fact and of the amount of such payment.

   (3) Where payment is made into the court out of which the order of commitment issued, after the order has been sent for execution to any other court, the clerk of the first named court shall notify the fact and amount of such payment to the clerk of such other court, who shall then proceed as if the payment has been made into the court.

 

29.   Notice of payment

On receiving payment or notice of payment of the whole or the balance of the amount in respect of which the order of commitment was made, a Magistrate of the district in which the order of commitment has been or is to be executed shall, if the judgment debtor has not been lodged in gaol, notify the fact to the bailiff holding the order and recall the order, or, if the judgment debtor has been lodged in gaol, inform the gaoler.

 

30.   Discharge of debtor on payment

   (1) The bailiff holding an order of commitment, on receipt of the amount or the balance of the amount in respect of which the order of commitment was made, or the notice mentioned in the last preceding rule, shall liberate the judgment debtor, if in his custody, and return the order to the court from which it was received.

   (2) The gaoler in whose custody the judgment debtor has been lodged shall, on receipt of the amount or the balance of the amount in respect of which the order of commitment was made, or of the notice mentioned in the last preceding rule, forthwith liberate the judgment debtor.

 

31.   Receipt of moneys

All moneys received by the bailiff or the gaoler shall be paid forthwith to the clerk of the court, who shall remit the same to the clerk of the proper court, and the last-mentioned clerk shall pay the same to the judgment creditor.

 

32.   Judgment creditor may obtain discharge of debtor

Upon the judgment creditor lodging with the clerk of the court a request in writing that the judgment debtor, if in prison, may be discharged from custody, the clerk of the court shall notify the gaoler in whose custody the judgment debtor is, and the gaoler shall forthwith liberate the judgment debtor.

 

33.   Costs of abortive execution not to be included in judgment summons

Costs incurred in endeavouring to enforce a judgment or order by way of execution against the property of the judgment debtor, and not recovered under such execution, shall not be included in the amount due under such judgment or order for the purpose of a judgment summons, or of an application for a fresh order for payment, nor shall money paid into court, otherwise than under execution, be attributed to payment of such costs.

 

34.   Writ of execution to be lodged in court upon issue of judgment summons

Upon the issue of a judgment summons against a party upon a judgment or order of the court out of which the judgment summons is issued, the bailiff of such court shall lodge in court any writ of execution against the property of such party which may have been issued in the action, whether executed or not; but any such writ, if not fully executed, may be reissued by leave of the Magistrate.

 

35.   Safeguards in respect of certified copies of judgments

Where a certified copy of a judgment or order is obtained from a clerk of a court for the purpose of taking proceedings thereon in any other court, such clerk shall make on the minute of the judgment or order a memorandum of such certified copy having been given, and the bailiff of the court which issued such certified copy shall lodge in court any writ of execution or judgment summons or order of commitment which may have been issued by such court upon such judgment or order; and no such writ, summons or order shall be reissued, nor shall any subsequent writ of execution or judgment summons upon such judgment or order be issued by the court, unless it is shown, to the satisfaction of the court, that no order has been made against the person liable under such judgment or order in any other court upon such certified copy.

 

36.   Attendance of creditor may be dispensed with

The Magistrate, if he thinks it desirable for the convenience of the parties or for the saving of costs, may dispense with the attendance of the judgment creditor or of any representative of such creditor upon the hearing of a judgment summons:

Provided however that if, upon the hearing of such judgment summons, it appears to the Magistrate that such attendance is necessary for properly disposing of the summons, he may adjourn the hearing and require the judgment creditor to attend in person or by his representative.

 

37.   Costs

The costs of a judgment summons and of any order made thereon shall be the discretion of the Magistrate who, if he is satisfied that the judgment creditor acted reasonably in applying for the issue of the judgment summons and that, under the circumstances, an investigation of the judgment debtor’s means was justified, may award costs to the judgment creditor although no order of commitment or fresh order be made.

IV - Attachment of Debts [O.41]

 

38.   Proceedings against garnishee

   (1) Any person who has obtained a judgment or order for the recovery or payment of money may, either before or after any oral examination of the debtor liable under such judgment or order, upon lodging with the clerk of the court in which the judgment or order was given or made an affidavit by himself or his solicitor in the prescribed form, apply for a summons to obtain payment to him of the amount of any debt due to the debtor from any other person (hereinafter called the garnishee) who is indebted to such debtor, or so much thereof as may be sufficient to satisfy the said judgment or order, together with the costs of the garnishee proceedings; and thereupon a summons in the prescribed form calling upon the garnishee to show cause why he should not pay to the person who has obtained such judgment or order (hereinafter called the judgment creditor) the debt due from him to such debtor, or so much thereof as may be sufficient to satisfy the judgment or order, together with the costs aforesaid, shall be issued by the clerk of the court, and the name and address of the applicant, or his solicitor, shall be entered on the summons. In this rule, “debtor” includes a married woman against whom judgment has been obtained in respect of her separate estate. An affidavit under this rule may, instead of being made by the solicitor of the judgment creditor, be made by a clerk in the employ of such solicitor.[First Schedule, Form 33 First Schedule, Form 34]

   (2) Where debt sought to be attached exceeds the amount for which an action could be brought

For the purposes of this rule, the garnishee shall be deemed to be within the jurisdiction of the court in respect of the debt due from him to the debtor, or so much thereof as may be sufficient to satisfy the judgment or order, together with the costs of the garnishee proceedings, notwithstanding the fact that the debt due from him to the debtor, or the amount thereof required to satisfy the judgment or order and the costs of the garnishee proceedings, exceeds the sum in respect of which the court has jurisdiction.

 

39.   Where garnishee not within jurisdiction

Where the garnishee is not, in respect of such debt, within the jurisdiction of the court in which the judgment or order was obtained, the judgment creditor, upon lodging with the clerk of the court having jurisdiction in the district in which the garnishee resides or carries on business a certified copy of the judgment or order, and also an affidavit similar to that prescribed by the last preceding rule, may apply for a summons against the garnishee in such other court; and thereupon a summons shall be issued and all proceedings shall be had and taken thereon as if the judgment or order had been obtained in that court.

 

40.   Service and effect of garnishee summons

   (1) The summons shall be personally served on the garnishee, and, when so served, it shall bind in the hands of the garnishee all debts due and payable from him to the debtor liable under the judgment or order.

   (2) Where the garnishee is a firm or a person carrying on business in a name or style other than his own, or a company or other corporation, the summons may be served in the same manner as a writ of summons.

 

41.   Where service effected otherwise than by bailiff or court messenger

Where a garnishee summons has been served otherwise than by a bailiff or court messenger, a copy of the summons, with the date and place endorsed thereon, and an affidavit of service, shall, within three clear days after the day of service, or such further time as may be allowed by the clerk of the court issuing the summons, be delivered or transmitted to such clerk of the court by the judgment creditor; and the costs of such affidavit may be included in the costs entered on the summons.

 

42.   Notice to judgment debtor

   (1) On the return of the copy of the garnishee summons, if served by a bailiff or court messenger, or the filing of an affidavit of service of the garnishee summons, if served otherwise than by a bailiff or court messenger, the clerk of the court shall issue a copy of the summons for service on the debtor liable under the judgment or order, with a notice in the prescribed form, that, if he has any cause to show why the court should not order the garnishee to pay to the judgment creditor the debt alleged to be due from the garnishee to the judgment debtor, or so much thereof as may be sufficient to satisfy the sum due from the judgment debtor to the judgment creditor, with the costs of the garnishee proceedings, he must appear at the court on the return day of the summons and show cause accordingly. [First Schedule, Form 35]

   (2) Service of notice

The copy and notice mentioned in sub-rule (1) shall be served by posting the same in a prepaid registered envelope addressed to the judgment debtor, or by service on the judgment debtor in such other manner as the clerk of the court may direct, at least five clear days before the return day of the summons, and, if necessary, the clerk of the court shall adjourn the hearing of the garnishee summons to enable such service to be effected, and shall enter in the notice to be served on the judgment debtor the day of the adjourned hearing as the day on which he must appear, and shall give notice of such adjournment to the judgment creditor and to the garnishee.

 

43.   Payment into court by garnishee

   (1) The garnishee may, at any time before the return day of the summons, pay into court the amount admitted by him to be due from him to the debtor liable under the judgment or order, or, if the amount so admitted is more than sufficient to satisfy the amount in respect of which the judgment or order is unsatisfied and the fees and costs (if any) endorsed on the garnishee summons, the garnishee may pay into court a sum sufficient to satisfy such amount, fees and costs.

   (2) The clerk of the court shall send notice, by post or otherwise, of any payment into court to the judgment creditor or to his solicitor as endorsed on the summons, and to the judgment debtor, warning the latter that the money paid into court will be ordered to be paid out to the judgment creditor, unless the judgment debtor appears on the return day of the summons and shows cause to the contrary. [O.41, First Schedule, Form 36, First Schedule, Form 37]

   (3) If the judgment creditor elects to accept the money paid into court in satisfaction of his claim against the garnishee, he shall send notice of such acceptance to the clerk of the court and the garnishee, and thereupon all further proceedings against the garnishee shall abate, except as herein provided, and the judgment creditor shall not be liable to any costs incurred by the garnishee after receiving such notice.

   (4) If payment into court is made by the garnishee five clear days before the return day, he shall not be liable for any further costs incurred by the judgment creditor; but if it is made less than five clear days before the return day the court may, in its discretion, order the garnishee to pay such fees and costs, beyond the fees and costs (if any) paid into court by the garnishee, as the judgment creditor may have properly incurred for work done before receipt of the notice of payment into court, and in attending the court to obtain the order for the same; and, if the judgment creditor intends to apply for such costs, he shall give notice of his intention in his notice of acceptance of the sum paid in; or, where the time of payment into court by the garnishee does not permit of notice of acceptance being given, he may apply for such costs without giving such notice.

   (5) Where the judgment creditor has not given notice of acceptance in accordance with sub-rule (3), he may, nevertheless, accept the money paid into court at any time before the case is called on and opened, subject to the payment of any costs which may have been reasonably incurred by the garnishee since the date of payment into court, and which may be allowed by the court.

   (6) In default of acceptance by the judgment creditor, the proceedings against the garnishee may proceed.

 

44.   Payment out of court of money paid in by garnishee

Subject to the following provisions, money paid into court by the garnishee and accepted by the judgment creditor shall, on application made by the judgment creditor on the return day of the summons, be ordered to be paid out to him—

      (a)   before such money is paid out, the court shall be satisfied, by evidence on oath or affidavit or otherwise, that the judgment creditor has not received payment of the amount payable under the judgment or order from any other source, and has not obtained an order for payment of such amount under any other garnishee proceedings; and, if it appears that he has received payment or obtained an order for payment of any part of such amount, so much only of the money paid into court shall be paid out to him as will, with the amount so received, or for payment whereof an order has been obtained, make up the full amount payable under the judgment or order, and any fees or costs allowed to the judgment creditor in the garnishee proceedings; and the balance of the money paid into court shall be dealt with as the court shall direct;

      (b)   if the judgment debtor appears and shows cause, according to the notice sent to him, why the money should not be paid out to the judgment creditor, the court may thereupon make such order as to the money paid into court, and as to costs, as may be just;

      (c)   if the judgment debtor suggests, or it is otherwise made to appear to the court, that the money paid into court belongs to or is claimed by some third person, or that any third person has or claims to have a lien or charge on it, the court may proceed in accordance with rule 48;

      (d)   if the judgment creditor does not intend to apply for an order against the garnishee for payment of any further costs, and obtains the consent in writing of the judgment debtor to the payment out of the money paid into court, he may apply for an order for payment out on any day earlier than the return day, and, on the production of such consent to the clerk of the court, the money shall, subject to paragraph (c) and to rule 48, be ordered to be paid out accordingly;

      (e)   the costs of any application for payment out under this rule, including the costs of any affidavit required under paragraph (a), or of obtaining any consent under paragraph (d), may be allowed as costs in the garnishee proceedings, and may be retained by the judgment creditor out of the money recovered by him in accordance with rule 50;

      (f)   no hearing fee shall be payable on an application for payment out of money paid into court by a garnishee, unless the judgment debtor appears and shows cause, in which case a hearing fee shall be payable by him on the amount paid into court, or unless the judgment debtor suggests, or it is otherwise made to appear to the court, that the money paid into court belongs to or is claimed by a third person, or that any third person has or claims to have a lien or charge on it, and the court thereupon proceeds in accordance with rule 48, in which case, if the third person appears, a hearing fee shall be payable by him on so much of the amount so paid into court as is claimed by him.

 

45.   Order on return day, if garnishee does not appear or dispute liability

If the garnishee does not, before the return day of the summons, pay into court the amount admitted by him to be due from him to the judgment debtor, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy the amount in respect of which the judgment or order is unsatisfied, and the fees and solicitor’s costs (if any) endorsed on the garnishee summons, and does not, on the return day, dispute the debt due or claimed to be due from him to the judgment debtor, or if he does not appear on the return day, the Magistrate may, if the judgment debtor does not appear and show cause to the contrary, give judgment for the judgment creditor against the garnishee for the amount due from him to the judgment debtor, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy the judgment or order, and any costs allowed, and, in default of payment, execution may issue to levy such amount; or, if the judgment debtor appears and shows cause, the Magistrate may make such order in the garnishee proceedings, and as to the party by whom the costs of the proceedings shall be paid, as may be just.

 

46.   Proceedings on return day, if garnishee disputes liability

If no amount is paid into court, or the amount (if any) paid into court under rule 43 is not accepted, and the garnishee appears on the return day and disputes his liability, the Magistrate may, after hearing the judgment creditor and the garnishee, and the judgment debtor, if he appears, determine as to the liability of the garnishee to pay any sum or further sum on account of the debt claimed to be due from him to the judgment debtor, and as to the party by whom the costs of the garnishee proceedings shall be paid, and make such order as may be in accordance with such determination; or he may, instead of giving judgment, order that any issue or question necessary for determining the liability of the garnishee to pay any sum or further sum be tried or determined in any manner in which any issue or question in an action may be tried or determined.

 

47.   Certificate where garnishee sued in court other than that in which judgment obtained

Where the court in which the garnishee is sued is not the court in which the judgment or order upon which he is garnisheed was given or made, the clerk of such first-mentioned court shall send forthwith a certificate of the order of his court to the court in which such judgment or order was given or made, and shall also send notice, from time to time, of any payment made on, before or after the return day.

48.   Where debt is stated to belong to a third person, or there is a lien thereon [O.4]

Whenever, in proceedings to obtain an attachment of debts, it is suggested by the garnishee or the debtor liable under the judgment or order, or it is otherwise made to appear to the Magistrate, that the debt sought to be attached belongs to or is claimed by some third person, or that any third person has or claims to have a lien or charge upon it, the Magistrate may order such third person to appear and state the nature and particulars of his claim upon such debt. After hearing the allegations of such third person, and of any other person whom the Magistrate, by the same or any subsequent order, may order to appear, or in case of such person not appearing when ordered, the Magistrate may decide in favour of the person who obtained the judgment or order, or may order any issue or question to be tried or determined between such third person and the person who obtained the judgment or order, and may bar the claim of such third person or make such other order as he may think fit, upon such terms, in all cases, with respect to the lien or charge (if any) of such third person, and to costs, as the Magistrate may think just and reasonable.

 

49.   Payment by or execution levied on garnishee a discharge against debtor

Payment made by or execution levied upon the garnishee under any proceedings as aforesaid shall be a valid discharge to him, as against the debtor liable under the judgment or order, to the amount paid or levied (inclusive of any amount allowed to the garnishee for costs, and which he is by these rules or by order of court allowed to deduct from the amount due from him to the judgment debtor), although such proceedings may be set aside, or the judgment or order reversed.

 

50.   Costs

The costs of any application for an attachment of debts, and of any proceedings arising from or incidental to such application, shall be in the discretion of the court; any costs allowed to the judgment creditor which are not ordered to be paid by the garnishee personally shall, unless otherwise directed, be taxed and retained by the judgment creditor out of the money recovered by him in the garnishee proceedings, in priority to the amount due under the judgment or order obtained by him against the debtor.

 

51.   Magistrate may refuse to interfere

In proceedings to obtain an attachment of debts, the Magistrate may, in his discretion, refuse to interfere, where, from the smallness of the amount to be recovered, or of the debt sought to be attached, or otherwise, the remedy sought would be worthless or vexatious.

 

52.   Exemption of wages and salary

Notwithstanding anything in this order contained, no part of any wages or salary payable under any contract of employment shall be liable to attachment save for the purpose of enforcing an affiliation order, maintenance order or a judgment for damages in respect of personal injury.

[Am by GN 244 of 1944.]

V - Interpleader Summons

 

53.   Notice of claim to execution creditor

If any claim shall be made to or in respect of any goods or chattels, or in respect of the proceeds or value thereof, by any person (in this order called the claimant) and shall be delivered in writing to the Under-Sheriff having the conduct of the execution, the Under-Sheriff shall forthwith deliver notice of such claim in the prescribed form to the party issuing the execution and all proceedings upon the execution shall be stayed until such claim is disposed of.[First Schedule, Form 67]

 

54.   Admission or denial by judgment creditor

The party issuing the execution shall, within five days of his receiving the notice in the last preceding rule mentioned, inform the Under-Sheriff in writing whether he admits or does not admit the claimant’s claim:

Provided that the party issuing the execution may admit the claimant’s claim in one part and not admit it in the other part.

 

55.   Abandonment of execution

Where the whole or any party of the claimant’s claim is admitted by the party issuing the execution, the Under-Sheriff shall forthwith abandon the execution in respect of all the goods and chattels in respect of which the claimant’s claim is so admitted.

 

56.   Interpleader proceedings

Where the whole or any part of the claimant’s claim is not admitted by the party issuing the execution, the Under-Sheriff shall make application to the clerk of the court to issue, and the clerk of the court shall issue, a summons calling before the court the claimant and the party issuing execution, and the court shall hear and determine the claimant’s claim, and make such order between the parties in respect thereof, and of the costs of the proceedings, as it shall think fit, and shall also adjudicate between such parties, or either of them, and the Under-Sheriff with respect to any damage or claim of or to damages arising or capable of arising out of the execution, and make such order in respect thereof, and of the costs of the proceedings, as shall seem fit; and such orders shall be enforced in like manner as any order in any suit brought in the court, and have a like force and effect; and, upon the issue of the summons, any suit which shall have been commenced in any court in respect of the claimant’s claim, or of any damages arising out of the execution, shall be stayed.

 

57.   Interpleader summons

   (1) A summons issued in accordance with the last preceding rule shall be called an interpleader summons and shall be in two parts.[First Schedule, Forms 38 and 39]

   (2) The respective parts of the interpleader summons shall be in the prescribed forms and shall be served upon the party issuing execution and upon the claimant respectively.

   (3) No fee shall be payable upon the issue of an interpleader summons, but the court, at the hearing, shall direct by whom the hearing fee shall be paid.

VI - Property in Custody of Public Officer or in Custodia Legis

 

58.   Property in custody of public officer or in custodia legis

Property in the custody or under the control of any public officer in his official capacity shall be liable to attachment in execution of a decree with the consent of the Attorney-General, and property in custodia legis shall be liable to attachment by leave of the court. In such cases, the order of attachment must be served on such public officer, or on the clerk of the court, as the case may be.

ORDER XLII
COMPOSITION ORDERS O.42

 

1.   Composition orders

   (1) A debtor against whom a judgment has been obtained in a court, and who desires to obtain a composition order under section 53 of the Act, shall file in the court office a request in the prescribed form with the clerk of the court.

   (2) Where the debtor is illiterate and unable to fill up the request, the clerk of the court shall fill it up from the information given by the debtor.[First Schedule, Form 42]

 

2.   Contents of request

   (1) The debtor shall state in his request whether he proposes to pay his creditors in full, or whether he proposes to pay a composition. In the latter case he shall further state the amount in the kwacha which he proposes to pay, and in either case he shall state the amount of the monthly or other instalments by which he proposes to pay.

   (2) The debtor’s proposal shall be without prejudice to the power of the court to make on the hearing of the request an order providing for the payment of his debts to a greater or less extent, or by greater or smaller instalments, as appears practicable to the court under the circumstances of the case.

   (3) The debtor shall set out in a list attached to his request the names, addresses and descriptions of all his creditors, including all secured creditors, and all creditors having power to distrain, such as creditors for rent, rates and taxes. Where a creditor is secured, or any person in addition to the debtor is liable for any debt, the particulars and estimated value of the security, or the name and address of such other person, shall be stated. Where judgment has been obtained or proceedings are pending in any court in respect of any debt scheduled, that fact shall be stated, and the order or summons in each case must be produced to the clerk of the court.

   (4) The debtor shall attach to his request an affidavit deposing that, to the best of his knowledge, information and belief, the names of all his creditors, and the true amounts of the debts due from him to them, are set out in the list attached to the request, and that the statements made by him in his request are true.

 

3.   Notice of request

   (1) Upon a request being filed, the clerk of the court shall appoint a day for the hearing, and shall send in the prescribed form a notice to all the creditors mentioned in the list of the day and hour when the request will be heard. The notice shall be sent by post not less than ten clear days before the day appointed for hearing the request.

   (2) The clerk of the court shall also in like manner send a notice to the debtor in the prescribed form:[O.42, First Schedule Form 45, First Schedule, Form 43

Provided that, where on the filing of a request it appears that the debtor or a majority of the creditors resides or reside within the jurisdiction of another court, the clerk of the court may, before appointing a day for the hearing, refer the matter to the Magistrate; and thereupon the Magistrate may either direct that the request shall proceed, or may, if he is of opinion that it would be inconvenient that the court should administer the estate, order the request and a certificate of the judgment to be forwarded to the court having jurisdiction in the district in which the debtor or a majority of the creditors resides or reside, and thereupon the latter court shall proceed as if the request had originally been filed therein. Before making such order as last mentioned the Magistrate may, if he thinks fit, direct notice to be given to the debtor to attend at the court on a day to be named in the notice, and to show cause why such order should not be made. If such order is made, a copy thereof shall be sent by post by the clerk of the court to the debtor.

 

4.   Objection to debts included in the debtor’s list, or to composition or instalments offered

Any creditor to whom notice of the hearing of a request has been sent, and who desires to object to any debt included in the debtor’s list, or to the amount of the composition or of the instalments which the debtor proposes to pay, shall send written notice of his objection, by post or otherwise, to the clerk of the court and to the debtor, and in the case of objection to a debt to the creditor whose debt is objected to, not less than five clear days before the day appointed for the hearing of the request; and he shall state in the notice the grounds of his objection:

Provided that, by leave of the Magistrate, an objection may be heard although such notice has not been given.

 

5.   Stay of proceedings between filing and hearing of request

   (1) At any time between the filing and the hearing of a request, the Magistrate or clerk of the court in which the request is filed may stay proceedings on any judgment or order of that court against the debtor, or on any execution, judgment summons or order of commitment issued against the property or person of the debtor in respect of any debt included in the debtor’s list, whether issued by the court in which the request is filed or issued by any other court and sent for execution to the court in which the request is filed.

   (2) Any other court in which a judgment or an order has been obtained against the debtor, or from which an execution, judgment summons or order of commitment has issued against the debtor, or to which an execution, judgment summons or order of commitment issued by any other court has been sent for execution, may, in like manner, on proof that a request for a composition order has been filed by the debtor, stay proceedings on such judgment, order, execution, judgment summons or order of commitment.

   (3) Order for bailiff to withdraw

If in any such case the bailiff is in possession under a warrant of execution, the Magistrate or clerk of the court may, on application made in accordance with order XXVII, order the bailiff to withdraw from possession until after the hearing of the request.

   (4) Costs already incurred may be allowed.

Where proceedings are stayed under this rule, the Magistrate or clerk of the court may allow costs already incurred by the creditor, and such costs, if and so far as they are not allowed pursuant to rule 6 out of any money received under the execution, judgment summons, or order of commitment, may on application be added to the debt included in the debtor’s list.

   (5) An order staying proceedings shall be in the prescribed form.[First Schedule, Form 44]

   (6) For the purpose of any application under this rule to a court other than that in which the request is filed, the clerk of the court in which the request is filed shall on the application of the debtor issue to him a certificate in the prescribed form.[First Schedule, Form 60]

 

6.   Application of money received under execution, etc, where proceedings stayed under rule 5 or section 53 of the Act

   (1) Where proceedings are stayed under the preceding rule, or under section 53 of the Act, any money received under the execution, judgment summons, or order of commitment shall, when received by the clerk of the court out of which the warrant issued, be dealt with as follows—

      (a)   if a composition order is made in or the proceedings are stayed by the court out of which the warrant issued, such money shall be dealt with as the Magistrate shall direct; and

      (b)   if a composition order is made in or the proceedings are stayed by any other court, such money shall be paid by the clerk of the court out of which the warrant issued to the clerk of the court in which the composition order is made or by which the proceedings are stayed, and the last-mentioned clerk of the court shall deal with the money as the Magistrate directs.

   (2) Costs

Where in any such case the costs of the execution, judgment summons, or order of commitment incurred by the creditor are not allowed out of the money received, the creditor shall be liable for such costs; but if they are allowed as against the debtor, they may on application be added to the debt.

 

7.   Order for possession: fees

In any such case as in the last preceding rule mentioned, the Magistrate may, if he thinks fit, on application by the clerk of the court, make an order for payment by the execution creditor to the clerk of the court of any fees or expenses incurred by the clerk of the court which are not allowed under the last preceding rule out of the money (if any) received under the execution.

 

8.   Proceedings on hearing of request

Upon the request coming on for hearing the course of proceedings shall be as follows—

      (a)   the debtor shall attend in person, unless the court otherwise directs;

      (b)   any creditor, whether he has received a notice of the request or not, may attend the hearing thereof and prove his debt, and, subject to the provisions of rule 4, object to any debt, or to the amount of the composition or the instalments which the debtor proposes to pay;

      (c)   all debts included in the debtor’s list shall be taken to be proved unless objected to by a creditor, or disallowed by the Magistrate;

      (d)   all creditors whose debts are objected to either by the debtor or any other creditor shall prove their debts in like manner as upon the hearing of an ordinary summons:

Provided that the Magistrate may in his discretion direct the proof of any debt to be adjourned upon any terms that he may think fit, and may thereupon adjourn the further consideration of the application or proceed to determine the same, in which latter case such debt, if and when proved, shall be added to the schedule of proved debts;

      (e)   the debtor shall answer all questions put or allowed by the Magistrate;

      (f)   any creditor whose debt is admitted or who has proved, and by leave of the Magistrate any creditor the proof of whose debt has been adjourned, and with the like leave any other person on behalf of any such creditor, shall be entitled to be heard and to adduce evidence;

      (g)   where any facts are proved on proof of which a court exercising jurisdiction in bankruptcy would be required either to refuse, suspend, or attach conditions to the debtor’s discharge if he were adjudged bankrupt, the Magistrate may refuse to make a composition order;

      (h)   no composition order shall be made under which the payment of instalments, if kept up without default, would extend over a period of more than three years from the date of the order; [O.42]

      (i)   where the Magistrate is of opinion that it would be inconvenient that the court should administer the estate, he may order the request and a certificate of the judgment to be forwarded to a court having jurisdiction in the District in which the debtor or a majority of the creditors resides or reside, and thereupon the latter court shall proceed as if the request had originally been filed therein. If such order is made, a copy thereof shall be sent by post by the clerk of the court to the debtor.[First Schedule, Form 43]

 

9.   Proceedings when order made.

   (1) A composition order shall be in the prescribed form, and, when made, a copy thereof shall be sent by post by the clerk of the court to the debtor, but it shall not be necessary to prove the receipt thereof by the debtor before taking any proceedings upon the order.[First Schedule, Form 47]

   (2) Notice of the order having been made shall be sent to each creditor whose debt has been admitted or who has proved; the notice shall be sent by post, and shall be in the prescribed form.[ First Schedule, Form 48]

   (3) Notice of the order having been made shall also be sent by post in the same form (with the necessary modifications) to every other court in which, to the knowledge of the clerk of the court, judgment has been obtained or proceedings are pending against the debtor in respect of any debt scheduled to the order.

10.   Objections

   (1) After a composition order has been made, any creditor who desires to object to any debt scheduled, or to the manner in which payment is directed to be made, must give notice in writing, by post or otherwise, to the clerk of the court of his objection and of the grounds thereof, and the clerk of the court shall thereupon name a day when the objection may be heard.

   (2) An application to allow the objection shall be heard ex parte in the first instance by the Magistrate, who may dismiss the application, or may direct it to be renewed upon notice being given to such persons and upon such terms, as to security for costs and otherwise, as he may think fit.

   (3) Objections after time

No creditor to whom notice of hearing of the request has been duly sent under rule 3 shall be entitled to object to any debt scheduled, or to the manner in which payment is directed to be made, unless within two months from the date of the order he proves to the satisfaction of the court that the notice did not reach him, and that he has not received reasonable notice of the proceedings in any other manner.

 

11.   Proof by creditor omitted from schedule or of subsequent debt

Any creditor of the debtor in respect of a debt due before the hearing of the request which has not been scheduled by the debtor who desires to prove his debt, or any person who after the date of the order becomes a creditor of the debtor and desires to prove his debt under section 53(12) of the Act, shall send in his claim in writing, by post or otherwise, to the clerk of the court, who shall thereupon send notice of the claim to the debtor, by post or otherwise, in the prescribed form.[First Schedule, Form 50]

 

12.   Proceedings if claim not disputed

If the debtor does not, within the period allowed by the notice, give notice that he disputes the claim, the claim shall be deemed to be proved, and shall be added to the schedule to the order accordingly, and notice of the addition shall be sent, by post or otherwise, to the creditor, in the prescribed form.[First Schedule, Forms 56 and 61]

 

13.   Proceedings if claim disputed

If the debtor, within the period allowed, gives notice of his objection, by post or otherwise, the clerk of the court shall appoint a day for the hearing of the objection, and give notice of the time of hearing to both parties, by post or otherwise, in the prescribed form, and the Magistrate on the hearing may either disallow the claim, or allow the same in whole or in part, in which latter case the debt allowed shall be added to the schedule, subject to the provisions of section 53(12) of the Act and to rule 23.[First Schedule, Form 62 O.42]

 

14.   Conduct of order

   (1) The Magistrate shall appoint some person to have the conduct of the order, and may at any time afterwards remove him and appoint any other person in his place.

   (2) Duties of person having conduct of order

It shall be the duty of any person so appointed to take all proper proceedings for enforcing the terms of the order; but in case of his neglect to proceed, or of urgency, any creditor scheduled to the order may, by leave of the court, take such proceedings.

   (3) In particular, it shall be the duty of the person so appointed—

      (a)   if default is made in payment of any instalment payable in pursuance of the order—

      (i)   to apply for the issue of a judgment summons under rule 15; or

      (ii)   if it appears that the debtor is unable to pay by reason of illness or other unavoidable misfortune, to apply to the Magistrate under rule 18;

   (b)    if any facts become known to such person on which the order might be set aside or rescinded under rule 16, to bring such facts to the attention of the Magistrate, who may thereupon, if he thinks fit, direct notice to be given to the debtor, by post or otherwise, in the prescribed form to attend at the court on a day to be named in the notice, and to show cause why the order should not be set aside or rescinded, or may make such order or give such directions in the matter as he may think fit. [First Schedule, Form 57]

 

15.   Judgment summons to enforce order

If default is made in payment of any instalment payable in pursuance of the order, a judgment summons may, on the application of any person entitled to take proceedings under rule 14, be issued without fee. A judgment summons shall be in the prescribed form, and shall be served personally five clear days before the return day thereof, and all proceedings thereon shall be taken in like manner as if it were a judgment summons issued in a suit in a court, except that (as provided by section 53(6) of the Act) the debtor shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to have had since the date of the order the means to pay the sum in respect of which he has made default, and to have refused or neglected to pay the same; and the Magistrate, if satisfied that the debtor has not had the means to pay the sum in respect of which he has made default, may direct that the composition order shall be deemed to have been suspended during the period covered by the default, or make a new order for payment of the amount remaining due under the order by instalments. An order of commitment shall be in the prescribed form.[First Schedule, Form 52, O.42, First Schedule, Form 53]

 

16.   Rescission of order

   (1) Where a composition order has at any time heretofore been or shall hereafter be made, such order may at any time be set aside or rescinded by the Magistrate in any of the following cases—

      (a)   where two or more of the instalments ordered to be paid are in arrear;

      (b)   where the debtor has wilfully inserted in the list attached to his request the wrong name or address of any of his creditors, or has wilfully omitted therefrom the name of any creditor;

      (c)   where the debtor, subsequent to the date of the order, has obtained credit without informing the creditor that a composition order has been made against him and has not been superseded;

      (d)   where the order has been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation;

      (e)   where a receiving order has, since the date of the composition order, been made against the debtor.

   (2) First Schedule, Form 63

An order setting aside or rescinding a composition order shall be in the prescribed form.

   (3) A composition order may be set aside or rescinded under this rule—

      (a)   on hearing of a judgment summons; or

      (b)   First Schedule, Form 57

on the application of any person entitled to take proceedings under rule 14 or of any creditor not scheduled to the order whose debt has been notified to the court, in which case notice shall be given to the debtor, by post or otherwise, in the prescribed form to attend at the court on a day to be named in the notice, and to show cause why the order should not be set aside or rescinded; but such notice need not be given when the application is made on the ground of a receiving order having been made against the debtor.

 

17.   Effect of rescission

   (1) Where a composition order is set aside or rescinded under rule 16, it shall be without prejudice to anything already done or suffered under the order.

   (2) Any money paid into court under the order may be dealt with as if the order had not been set aside or rescinded.

   (3) Notice that the order has been set aside or rescinded shall be sent by the clerk of the court to the debtor and to every creditor named in the schedule, and to every creditor not scheduled whose debt has been notified to the court, and to every other court in which, to the knowledge of the clerk of the court, judgment had been obtained or proceedings were pending against the debtor at the time when the order was made in respect of any debts scheduled to the order. Such notice shall be sent by post, and shall be in the prescribed form. [ O.42, First Schedule, Form 58]

 

18.   Suspension of order

Where it appears that the debtor is unable to pay any instalment, by reason of illness or other unavoidable misfortune, the clerk of the court may from time to time suspend the operation of the order until the next sitting of the court, and the Magistrate may from time to time suspend the operation of the order for such time as he shall direct, or make a new order for payment by instalments.[First Schedule, Form 51]

 

19.   What order may be made on application for rescission

   (1) Where notice is given to the debtor in the prescribed form to attend and to show cause why the composition order should not be set aside or rescinded, the Magistrate may on the day named in the notice either—

      (a)   set aside or rescind the order pursuant to rule 16; or

      (b)   suspend the order or make a new order for payment by instalments pursuant to rule 18; or

   (c)      make an order in the prescribed form directing that the composition order shall be set aside or rescinded unless the debtor pays the sum in payment of which he has made default, either within a specified time, or by instalments to be specified in the order.[First Schedule, Form 64]

   (2) If the Magistrate makes an order pursuant to sub-rule (1)(c), then—

      (a)   the composition order shall be suspended during the time allowed to the debtor for payment of the sum in payment of which he has made default; and

      (b)   if the debtor fails to pay such sum within the time so allowed, the composition order shall on such failure be rescinded without further notice to him: and in that case the provisions of rule 17 shall apply.

 

20.   Second request after refusal or rescission of order

Where a debtor has filed a request for a composition order, and the Magistrate has refused to make the order, or when an order has been rescinded, the debtor shall not be allowed to file another request in the same or any other court without first obtaining the leave of the court first mentioned.

 

21.   Suspension of order, pending commitment

Where an order of commitment is made upon the hearing of any judgment summons, and the execution of the order is suspended for a specified time to enable the debtor to pay the amount in respect of the non-payment of which the order is made, the composition order shall be also suspended during that time.

 

22.   Calculation of arrears

In calculating the amount in arrear under a composition order, any instalments accruing due during the period for which such order has been suspended shall not be reckoned in that amount.

 

23.   Payment parai passu of debts scheduled under section 53(12) of the Act [O.42, 43 ]

All persons scheduled as creditors under section 53(12) of the Act, before the composition order is superseded under section 53(13) of the Act, shall rank pari passu inter se, subject to the priority given by the said section 53(12) to those creditors who are scheduled as having been creditors before the date of the composition order, but no payment made to any such creditor by way of dividend or otherwise shall be disturbed by reason of any subsequent proof by any other creditor under the said section 53(12).

 

24.   Payment into court

   (1) All moneys paid or levied under a composition order shall be paid into court.

   (2) Dividends shall from time to time be declared and distributed among the creditors entitled thereto.

 

25.   Notice and payment out of costs and dividends

First Schedule, Form 54

The clerk of the court shall send notice to the plaintiff in the action when a sum sufficient to satisfy his costs has been paid into court, and when a dividend is declared he shall send notice to each creditor entitled to share therein. Such notices shall be sent by post, and shall be in the prescribed form.

 

26.   Accounts

The clerk of the court shall keep accounts of all moneys received and payments made under any composition order.

 

27.   Notice by debtor of change of address

Where a debtor against whom a composition order has been made changes his address, he shall at once give notice to the clerk of the court of his new address.

ORDER XLIII
REFERENCE TO ARBITRATION <FT:Verdana,SN>OR MEDIATION

[Am by rule 8(a) of SI 29 of 2012.]

 

1.   Order of reference

If the parties to a suit are desirous that the matters in difference between them in the suit, or any of such matters, should be referred to the final decision of one or more arbitrator or arbitrators, they may apply to the court, at any time before final judgment, for an order of reference; and the court may, on such application, make an order of reference accordingly.

 

2.   Appointment of arbitrators

The arbitrators shall be nominated by the parties in such manner as may be agreed upon between them. If the parties cannot agree with respect to the nomination of the arbitrators, or if the persons nominated by them shall refuse to accept the arbitration, and the parties are desirous that the nomination shall be made by the court, the court shall appoint the arbitrators.

 

3.   Form of order of reference

The court shall, by an order under its seal, refer to the arbitrators the matters in difference in the suit which they may be required to determine and shall fix such time as it may think reasonable for the delivery of the award, and the time so fixed shall be specified in the order.

 

4.   Appointment of umpire where necessary

If the reference be to two or more arbitrators, provision shall be made in the order for a difference of opinion among the arbitrators, by the appointment of an umpire, or by declaring that the decision shall be with the majority, or by empowering the arbitrators to appoint an umpire, or otherwise as may be agreed upon between the parties, or, if they cannot agree, as the court may determine.

 

5.   Enforcing attendance of witnesses

When a reference is made to arbitration by an order of court, the same process to the parties and witnesses whom the arbitrators or umpire may desire to have examined shall issue as in ordinary suits, and persons not attending in compliance with such process, or making any other default, or refusing to give their testimony, or being guilty of any contempt of the arbitrators or umpire during the investigation of the suit, shall be subject to the like disadvantages, penalties and punishments, by order of the court on the representation of the arbitrators or umpire, as they would incur for the same offences in suits tried before the court.

 

6.   Extension of time for making award

When the arbitrators shall not have been able to complete the award within the period specified in the order, from want of the necessary evidence or information, or other good and sufficient cause, the court may, from time to time, enlarge the period for delivery of the award, if it shall think proper. In any case in which an umpire shall have been appointed, it shall be lawful for him to enter on the reference in lieu of the arbitrators, if they shall have allowed their time, or their extended time, to expire without making an award, or shall have delivered to the court, or to the umpire, a notice in writing stating that they cannot agree:

Provided that an award shall not be liable to be set aside only by reason of its not having been completed within the period allowed by the court, unless on proof that the delay in completing the award arose from misconduct of the arbitrators or umpire, or unless the award shall have been made after the issue of an order by the court superseding the arbitration and recalling the suit.

 

7.   Power of court in case of death

If, in any case of reference to arbitration by an order of court, the arbitrators or umpire shall die, or refuse to act or become incapable of acting, it shall be lawful for the court to appoint a new arbitrator or arbitrators, or umpire, in the place of the person or persons so dying, or refusing to act or becoming incapable of acting. Where the arbitrators are empowered, by terms of the order of reference, to appoint an umpire, and do not appoint an umpire, any of the parties may serve the arbitrators with a written notice to appoint an umpire; and, if, within seven days after such notice shall have been served, no umpire be appointed, it shall be lawful for the court, upon the application of the party having served such notice as aforesaid, and upon proof to its satisfaction of such notice having been served, to appoint an umpire. In any case of appointment under this rule, the arbitrators or umpire so appointed shall have the like power to act in the reference as if their names had been inserted in the original order of reference.

 

8.   Finding to be positive

The award shall contain a conclusive finding, and may not find on the contingency of any matter of fact being afterwards substantiated or deposed to. It shall comprehend a finding on each of the several matters referred.

 

9.   Special case for opinion of court

It shall be lawful for the arbitrators or umpire, upon any reference by an order of court, if they shall think fit, and if it is not provided to the contrary, to state their award as to the whole or any part thereof in the form of a special case for the opinion of the court.

 

10.   Court may modify or correct award

The court may, on the application of either party, modify or correct an award where it appears that a part of the award is upon matters not referred to the arbitrators, if such part can be separated from the other part, and does not affect the decision on the matter referred, or where the award is imperfect in form, or contains any obvious error which can be amended without affecting such decision.

 

11.   Power as to costs

The court may also, on the application of either party, make such order as it thinks just respecting the costs of the arbitration, if any question arises respecting such costs or their amount, and the award contains no sufficient provision concerning them.

 

12.   Power of court to remit award for reconsideration

In any of the following cases the court shall have power to remit the award, or any of the matters referred to arbitration, for reconsideration by the arbitrators or umpire, upon such terms as it may think proper—

      (a)   if the award has left undetermined some of the matters referred to arbitration, or if it has determined matters not referred to arbitration;

      (b)   if the award is so indefinite as to be incapable of execution;

      (c)   if an objection to the legality of the award is apparent upon the face of the award.

 

13.   Setting aside award

No award shall be liable to be set aside except on the ground of perverseness or misconduct of the arbitrator or umpire. Any application to set aside an award shall be made within fifteen days after the publication thereof.

 

14.   Filing award: effect of

If no application shall have been made to set aside the award, or to remit the same or any of the matters referred for reconsideration, or if the court shall have refused any such application, either party may file the award in court, and the award shall thereupon have the same force and effect for all purposes as a judgment.

 

15.   Referral of action to mediation

   (1) The court may, at any stage of the proceedings, refer any action to mediation except where the court considers a case unsuitable for referral to mediation.

   (2) If an action referred to mediation under sub-rule (1) is not settled or mediated within thirty days, it shall be referred back to the court for trial.

   (3) In the event of a failure of mediation due to non-attendance of one of the parties, the costs of the subsequent proceedings in court shall be borne by the defaulting party irrespective of the outcome of the case.

[Rule 15 ins by rule 8(b) of SI 29 of 2012.]

ORDER XLIV
APPEALS

I - Proceedings in the court Below

 

1.   Interpretation

Save when the contrary shall appear or shall be here or elsewhere expressly provided, “the court”, for the purposes of this order, shall be deemed to be the subordinate court by which the judgment or decision appealed against or intended to be appealed against shall have been given.

 

2.   Special leave to appeal

   (1) Where an appeal lies only by special leave, the appellant shall apply for such special leave within thirty days of the date of any final judgment or decision against which he intends to appeal or, in the case of any interlocutory decision against which he intends to appeal, within fourteen days of the same.

   (2) Notice of application for special leave to appeal shall be served by the appellant on the other party or parties to the suit not less than five clear days before the date fixed for the hearing thereof.

   (3) Where special leave to appeal shall be granted, the date of the judgment or decision against which the appellant intends to appeal shall, for the purposes of this order, be deemed to be the date upon which special leave to appeal against the same shall have been granted, and thereafter the provisions of this order shall apply in all respects as in a case where special leave to appeal is not required.

 

3.   Procedure where special leave not required

   (1) Every appellant shall, within thirty days of the date of any final judgment or decision against which he intends to appeal, or, in the case of any interlocutory decision against which he intends to appeal, within fourteen days of the same—

      (a)   file with the clerk of the court and serve upon the other party or parties to the suit notice of his intention to appeal;

      (b)   pay to the clerk of the court the amount of the expense of making up and transmission to the appellate court of the record of appeal (which amount shall be refunded to him if the record of appeal be not made up and transmitted);

   (c)      give security to the satisfaction of the Magistrate either by deposit, or by bond with or without sureties in the prescribed form, for payment of all such costs as the appellant may be adjudged to pay to any party by the appellate court [First Schedule, Form 40]; <FT:Verdana,SN>and

[Rule 3(1)(c) am by rule 9(a) of SI 29 of 2012.]

      (d)   an application to appealout of time shall not be entertained unless the applicant pays the prescribed penalty fee.

[Rule 3(1)(d) ins by rule 9(b) of SI 29 of 2012.]

   (2) When the appellant shall have complied with the requirements of sub-rule (1), the clerk of the court shall forthwith sign and transmit to the appellant a certificate that he has complied with the said requirements and, when the said certificate shall have been signed, the appeal shall be deemed to have been entered.

 

4.   Appeal not to operate as stay of execution

The entering of an appeal shall not operate as a stay of execution or of proceedings under the judgment or decision appealed from, except so far as the court below or the appellate court may order, and no intermediate act or proceeding shall be invalidated, except so far as the court below may direct.

 

5.   Grounds of appeal

   (1) The appellant shall, within fourteen days of the day on which the certificate mentioned in rule 3 is signed, file in the court the grounds of his appeal and shall cause a copy thereof to be served on every other party to the suit:

Provided that the court or the appellate court may, on good cause shown, extend the period of fourteen days herein mentioned, but in no case shall the same be extended to a period of more than thirty days.

   (2) If the appellant shall fail to file the grounds of appeal within the period mentioned in sub- rule (1), he shall be deemed to have abandoned the appeal.

   (3) The appellant may, at any time, by leave of the appellate court, amend or add to the grounds of appeal filed by him.

 

6.   Contents of record of appeal

   (1) When the appellant shall have filed his grounds of appeal, the court below shall, without the application of any party, make up the record of appeal, which shall consist of the writ of summons, the pleadings (if any), certified copies of all documents admitted as evidence or tendered as evidence and rejected, the notes of the evidence, the judgment or order of the court and the grounds of appeal.

   (2) The record of appeal, when completed by a court below, shall be forwarded—

      (a)   in the case of a Subordinate court in the Central, Southern, Eastern or Western Provinces, to the Registrar at the principal registry of the High Court at Lusaka;

      (b)   in the case of a subordinate court in the Copperbelt, Northern, Luapula or North- Western Provinces, to the District Registrar, Ndola District Registry.

[Am by GN 323 of 1960; 445 of 1964; SI 63 of 1964.]

 

7.   Production of original letters or documents

The court below shall not, except for some special cause, take upon itself the charge or the transmission of original letters or documents produced in evidence. These shall be returned to the parties producing them, and the parties must be prepared to produce the originals, if required by the appellate court, before or at the hearing of the appeal.

 

8.   Proceedings in appellate court

All proceedings on appeal, save as hereinbefore provided, shall be in accordance with the rules of the High Court for the time being in force.

II - Proceedings in the Appellate court

 

9.   Control by appellate court while appeal pending

After the record of appeal has been transmitted, until the appeal is disposed of, the appellate court shall be in possession of the whole proceedings as between the parties to the appeal. Every application in the proceedings shall be made to the appellate court, and not to the court below, but any application may be made through the court below:

Provided that, in cases of urgency, the court below may make any interim order to prevent prejudice to the claims of any party pending an appeal, but every such order may be discharged or varied by the appellate court.

 

10.   Additional security

The appellate court may, where necessary, require security for costs or for performance of the orders to be made on appeal, in addition to what the court below has thought fit to direct, and may make any interim order or grant any injunction which the court below is authorised to make or grant and which may be necessary.

 

11.   Notice to parties in interlocutory appeals

If the appeal is from an interlocutory order, the appellate court shall not cause notice to be given to the parties of the day when the appeal shall be disposed of, unless, in special circumstances, it thinks fit to do so; but, where a party to the appeal notifies to the appellate court his desire to attend, he shall be at liberty to do so, and to be heard, at such time as the appellate court directs.

 

12.   Notice to parties in appeals from final judgments

If the appeal is from a final judgment or decision, the clerk of the court of the appellate court shall give notice of the date of hearing, through the court below, to the parties to the appeal.

 

13.   Failure of appellant to appear

   (1) If the appellant fails to appear, in person or by his legal representative, when his appeal is called on for hearing, the appeal shall, on proof of service upon him of the notice of the hearing, stand dismissed with costs.

   (2) When an appeal has been dismissed owing to the non-appearance of the appellant or his representative, the appellate court may, if it thinks fit, and on such terms as to costs or otherwise as it may deem just, direct the appeal to be re-entered for hearing.

 

14.   Failure of respondent to appear

If the respondent fails to appear, in person or by his legal representative, when the appeal is called on for hearing, the appellate court shall, on proof of the service upon him of notice of the hearing, proceed to hear the appeal ex parte.

 

15.   Hearing in absence of parties

   (1) Notwithstanding anything in rules 13 and 14 contained, if any party to the appeal is desirous that the appeal should be disposed of without his attendance, either in person or by his legal representative, he shall notify the court below, and the court below shall so inform the clerk of the court of the appellate court at the time of transmitting the record; and thereupon, if the appellate court sees fit, it may determine the appeal in the absence of that party.

   (2) If any party so notifies the court below, it shall not be necessary for the clerk of the court of the appellate court to give him notice in accordance with rule 12.

 

16.   New evidence on appeal

It is not open, as of right, to any party to an appeal to adduce new evidence in support of his original case; but, for the furtherance of justice, the appellate court may, where it thinks fit, allow or require new evidence to be adduced. A party may, by leave of the appellate court, allege any facts essential to the issue that have come to his knowledge after the decision of the court below, and adduce evidence in support of such allegations.

 

17.   Interlocutory order not to prejudice decision on appeal

No interlocutory order from which there has been no appeal shall operate so as to bar or prejudice the appellate court from giving such decision upon the appeal as may seem just.

 

18.   General powers of appellate court

The appellate court may, from time to time, make any order necessary for determining the real question in controversy in the appeal, and may amend any defect or error in the record of appeal, and may direct the court below to inquire into and certify its finding on any question which the appellate court thinks fit to determine before final judgment in the appeal, and, generally, shall have as full jurisdiction over the whole proceedings as if the proceedings had been instituted and prosecuted in the appellate court as a court of first instance, and may rehear the whole case, or may remit it to the court below to be reheard, or to be otherwise dealt with as the appellate court directs.

 

19.   Power of appellate court to give any decision or make any order

The appellate court shall have power to give any judgment and make any order that ought to have been made, and to make such further or other orders as the case may require, including any order as to costs. These powers may be exercised by the appellate court, notwithstanding that the appellant may have asked that part only of a decision may be reversed or varied, and may also be exercised in favour of all or any of the respondents or parties, although such respondents or parties may not have appealed from or complained of the decision.

III - Enforcement of Judgments, Decrees or Orders on Appeal

 

20.   Execution to be as directed by appellate court

Any judgment, decree or order given or made by the appellate court may be enforced by the appellate court or by the court below, according as the appellate court may consider most expedient and may direct.

 

21.   Execution by court below in terms of certificate [O.44, 45]

When the appellate court directs any judgment, decree or order to be enforced by the court below, a certificate under seal of the appellate court and the hand of the Presiding Judge or Magistrate, as the case may be, setting forth the judgment, decree or order of the appellate court shall be transmitted by the Registrar or clerk of the court of the appellate court, as the case may be, to the court below, and the latter shall enforce the judgment, decree or order made by the appellate court in the terms of the certificate.

IV - Fees Payable

 

22.   Fees. Second Schedule, Part 3

The fees prescribed in the Second Schedule shall be charged in respect of the matters to which they are respectively assigned, and shall be paid to the Registrar or the clerk of the court of the appellate court or of the court below, as the case may be. The appellate court or the court below may, on account of the poverty of any party, although such party may not have been formally admitted to sue or defend as a pauper, or for other sufficient reasons, dispense, if it sees fit, with payment of any fees.

V - Ex Parte Orders

 

23.   Ex parte orders

An appeal does not lie, except by special leave of the appellate court or of the court below, from an order made ex parte. Any person aggrieved by such an order may apply, by motion on notice to the other party, to the court by which it was made to vary or discharge it, and an appeal lies from the decision on that application in like manner as from other orders or decisions.

ORDER XLV
RECOVERY OF COSTS BY LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

 

1.   Interpretation

In this order, unless the context otherwise requires—

“fees” include charges and disbursements;

“practitioner” includes barrister, solicitor and notary public, and the executor, administrator and assignee of a barrister, solicitor or notary public.

 

2.   Bill to be sent before suit

No practitioner shall commence any suit for the recovery of any fees for any business done by him until the expiration of one month after he shall have delivered to the party to be charged therewith or sent by registered letter to or left for him at his office, place of business, dwelling-house or last known place of abode a bill of such fees, such bill either being signed by such practitioner (or, in the case of a partnership, by any of the partners, either in his own name or in the name of the partnership) or being enclosed in or accompanied by a letter signed in like manner referring to such bill.

 

3.   Party charged may apply to court to tax bill

Upon the party to be charged applying to the court, within such month as in the last preceding rule mentioned, it shall be lawful for the court to refer the bill and the demand of the practitioner to be taxed and settled by the Taxing Master of the court, and the court shall restrain such practitioner from commencing any suit touching such demand pending such reference.

 

4.   Where no application to tax made within one month

In case no application shall be made within one month, as in the last preceding rule provided, it shall be lawful for such reference as aforesaid to be made, either upon the application of the practitioner making the demand, or upon the application of the party to be charged, with such directions and subject to such conditions as the court making the reference shall think proper, and the court may restrain such practitioner from commencing or prosecuting any suit touching such demand pending such reference, upon such terms as shall be thought proper.

 

5.   When application not to be granted

No such reference as aforesaid shall be directed, upon application made by the party to be charged, after judgment shall have been obtained in any suit for the recovery of the demand of such practitioner as aforesaid, or after the expiration of twelve months after any bill as aforesaid shall have been delivered, sent or left as aforesaid, except under special circumstances to be proved to the satisfaction of the court to which application for such reference shall be made.

 

6.   Non-attendance of party at taxation

Upon any reference as aforesaid, if either the practitioner or the party to be charged, having due notice, shall refuse or neglect to attend the taxation, the Taxing Master may proceed to tax and settle the bill and demand ex parte.

 

7.   Costs of taxation

If, on any reference as aforesaid, the party to be charged shall attend on taxation, the cost of the reference shall (except as in rule 8 provided) be paid according to the event of such taxation: that is to say, if such bill, when taxed, be less by a sixth part than the bill delivered, sent or left, then such practitioner shall pay such costs, and if such bill, when taxed, shall not be less by a sixth part than the bill delivered, sent or left, then the party to be charged making such application or so attending shall pay such costs.

 

8.   Form of order to be made: special cases

Every order to be made for any reference as aforesaid shall direct the Taxing Master to certify what shall be found to be due to or from such practitioner in respect of the bill and demand referred, including the costs of the reference:

Provided that—

      (i)   the Taxing Master may certify specially any circumstances relating to such bill or reference, and the court may make any such order as it may think right respecting the costs of such reference; and

      (ii)   where any reference is made under rule 5, the court may, if it thinks fit, give any special directions relative to the cost of such reference.

 

9.   Proof of compliance with rules

It shall not in any case be necessary in the first instance for any practitioner, in proving a compliance with these Rules, to prove the contents of the bill he may have delivered, sent or left, but it shall be sufficient to prove that a bill for fees signed in the manner provided or enclosed in or accompanied by such letter as provided was duly delivered, sent or left.

 

10.   Completion of taxation

Upon the completion of the taxation of any bill referred as aforesaid, the Taxing Master shall submit to the court the result of his taxation, including costs, and the amount so submitted shall be final and conclusive as to the amount of the bill and costs:

Provided that the court may, in its discretion, review any such taxation. And it shall be lawful for the court to order that judgment be entered for the amount submitted, unless the retainer is disputed, or to make such other order therein as the court may deem proper.

 

11.   Court may order delivery of bill

It shall be lawful for the court to make an order for the delivery by any practitioner of any bill of fees for business done by him.

 

12.   Where practitioner may begin suit within month of delivery of bill

It shall be lawful for the court to authorise any practitioner to commence a suit for the recovery of his fees against the party chargeable therewith, and also to refer his bill of fees and the demand of the practitioner thereupon to be taxed and settled by the Taxing Master of the court, although one month shall not have expired from the delivery of such bill, on proof, to the satisfaction of the court, that there is probable cause for believing that the party chargeable is about to leave Zambia or to become a bankrupt or to take any other steps or to do any other act which, in the opinion of the court, would tend to defeat or delay such practitioner in obtaining judgment.

 

13.   Applications to be by motion

All applications made under this order to refer any bill to be taxed and settled shall be by motion in the matter of the practitioner concerned.

ORDER XLVII Electronic Filing

[Order XLVII ins by rule 10 of SI 29 of 2012.]

<FT:Verdana,SN>

 

1.   Interpretation

In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires-

“case management system” means the system used by the clerk of the court and the court to calendar, assign and track cases;

“conventionally file” means the act of filing or serving of paper documents;

“document management system” means the electronic document storage and imaging system maintained by the Registrar;

“e-filing” means electronic transmission of an original document to the court;“electronic service” means electronic transmission of a document to parties as required by a written law and rules of a court and as designated by the filing party;

“electronic document” means an original document filed with the Registrar in electronic format;

“filing” means the act of submitting documents, electronically or in paper form to the clerk of the court for filing;

“hyperlink” means an electronic connection or reference to another place in a document, such that when selected, the user is taken to the portion of the document to which the hyperlink refers;

“ID” means a unique user identification;

“parties” means the parties related to case, including a plaintiff and defendant or an advocate representing a plaintiff;

“PDF” means portable document format, a file format that preserves all fonts, formatting colours and graphics of any source document, regardless of the application platform used;

“TIFF” means a Tag Image File Format, a standardized file format used to store imaged documents;

“scanned document” means an electronic image created by scanning a paper document; and

“source document” means the document as originally submitted to the clerk of the court for filing.

 

2.   Documents not permitted to be e-filed

Notwithstanding any other rules of court, the following types of documents shall be filed conventionally, unless expressly required to be filed electronically by the court:

      (a)    any document required to be filed under the Criminal Procedure Code Act;

      (b)    documents filed under seal;

      (c)    audio recordings not expressly authorized by the court, in writing, for filing electronically; and

      (d)    affidavits of service for conventionally served or filed documents.

 

3.   General e-filing guidelines

   (1) Where a matter requires the filing of a document, that document may be filed electronically.

   (2) Any case participant with standing to file conventionally with the court may file electronically in accordance with these Rules and all applicable laws and rules of court.

   (3) A party appearing in person may file documents using e-filing or conventional filing.

 

4.   E-filing implementation

All pleadings, motions, memoranda, orders and other documents electronically filed in a matter shall be maintained in electronic format by the clerk of the court and shall be maintained as the original and official record of the court.

 

5.   Format of e-filed documents

   (1) A filing party shall ensure that an electronically filed document is formatted in accordance with the applicable rules governing formatting of paper documents, rules of procedure and such other formats as the court may require:

Provided that those formats shall not cause participants to a matter to invest significant resources in making changes to the document.

   (2) The clerk of the court shall not reject a document solely for the reason that it is not in substantial conformity with a specific rule of procedure or written law.

 

6.   Accepted file formats

   (1) A participant may electronically transmit a document in Microsoft, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Excel, Rich Text Format, WordPerfect, Portable Document Format and any standard non proprietary graphic formats.

   (2) All documents electronically filed shall, upon acceptance and filing by the clerk of the court, be converted to Portable Document Format in compliance with the requirements set out in these Rules.

   (3) The court may require a participant to produce the original of a scanned exhibit that has been filed electronically by the participant.

   (4) Parties and other case participants shall ensure that all proposed forms of order are submitted electronically in a Microsoft Word file format.

 

7.   Hyperlinks, bookmarks and other electronic navigational aids

   (1) An electronically filed document may include hyperlinks, bookmarks and other electronic navigational aids for the convenience of the court.

   (2) A hyperlink shall not form part of the filed document.

   (3) Each hyperlink shall contain a text reference to the target of the link.

   (4) Notwithstanding anything contained in these Rules, a hyperlink shall not form part of the official court record and shall not be preserved in electronically filed documents submitted and stored on the clerk of the court’s electronic document management system.

 

8.   User ID and electronic signatures

   (1) The clerk of the court shall ensure that every party and practitioner is registered and provide each with a personally selected user name (ID) and password.

   (2) The user name referred to in sub-rule (1) shall, when used in conjunction with the personally selected password, constitute a signature of the registered participant on documents submitted to the court or by the court.

   (3) Notwithstanding sub-rule (2), a participant may apply an electronic signature to a document to be submitted to the court.

   (4) In order to ensure the intent of the filing participant, the signature line on an electronically filed document shall bear the printed name of the filing participant preceded by the symbol “/s/”.

   (5) An electronic document may be signed by the clerk of the court through the use of a printed signature precede court’s e-filing Manager (EFM) application judicial signature stamp.

   (6) The e-filing Manager (EFM) application judicial signature stamp shall be merged with the electronic document and shall be visible when the document is printed and viewed electronically.

   (7) A document requiring the signature of a party or participant or other identifying indicators shall be filed with the court in paper format and scanned and maintained consistent with applicable record retention schedules and archival rules.

 

9.   File transmission confirmation, acceptance and rejection

   (1) The clerk of the court shall, upon completion of the transmission of an electronic document for filing, immediately scan the document for viruses.

   (2) Where the document transmitted under sub-rule (1) is free from infection, the document shall be deemed submitted and the clerk of the court shall send an acknowledgement of receipt of the document to the filing participant.

   (3) A document which has been successfully received shall be reviewed for compliance with all standard filing practices and, if it complies with the standards, shall be accepted and deemed filed as of the date and time it was received by the clerk of the court’s e-0filing system.

   (5) A notice under sub-rule (4) shall be sent to a filing participant or any authorized third party facilitating entity and shall set forth the grounds for rejection.

   (6) A party whose document has been rejected may re-submit any rejected document with appropriate corrections.

   (7) A document received under sub-rule (4) shall be received subject to such review, payment of applicable fees and acceptance by the clerk of the court.

   (8) The clerk of the court shall, upon completion of the electronic filing review process, send notification of the filing’s status and, if accepted, the official file date and time of the filing.

   (9) A document accepted for filing by the clerk of the court shall be electronically file stamped with the time and date of filing and the name of the clerk of the court accepting the filing, and the words “ELECTRONICALLY FILED”.

   (10) The file stamp referred to in sub-rule (9) shall be merged with the electronic document and shall be visible when the document is printed and viewed n line.

   (11) An electronically filed document that does not bear an electronic file stamp shall be deemed to be incomplete.

   (12) An e-filing file stamped in accordance with these Rules shall have the same force and effect as documents filed in the conventional manner.

 

10.   Responsibility for filing

A participant who files document electronically shall have the same responsibility as a person filing a document in paper format for ensuring that the document is properly filed, complete and legible and that the appropriate copies have been provided to other parties in the case.

FIRST SCHEDULE

[O. 1, R. 3]

LIST OF FORMS

1. General Title of Writs and other Documents in a Suit.

2. Writ of Summons. (O. 6, r. 3.)

3. Default Writ of Summons. (O. 6, r. 4 (1).)

4. General Affidavit.

5. Admission Defence and Counter-claim. (O. 6, r. 4 (2).)

6. Praecipe for Entry of Judgment in Default Action. (O. 33, r. 1.)

7. Notice to Plaintiff and Defendant of Entry of Judgment. (O. 33, r. 1.)

8. Notice of Hearing. (O. 33, r. 2.)

9. Hearing Notice to Plaintiff. (O. 6, r. 6.)

10. Notice to Plaintiff of Altered Return Day. (O. 6, r. 7.)

11. Affidavit of Service. (O. 7, r. 2.)

12. Debit and Advice Note. (O. 7, r. 19.)

13. Summons to a Witness.

14. Subpoena Duces Tecum.

15. Notice to Admit and Inspect. (O. 16, r. 2.)

16. Notice to Admit Facts. (O. 16, r. 2.)

17. Affidavit on Making Application for Security from Defendant. (O. 21, r. 1.)

18. Warrant to Arrest an Absconding Defendant. (O. 21, r. 2.)

19. Order on Defendant to Find Bail. (O. 21, r. 3.)

20. Bail Bond by Defendant and Sureties. (O. 21, r. 3.)

21. Warrant to Attach Property before Judgment. (O. 22, r. 4.)

22. Order for Delivery of Interrogatories. (O. 26, r. 1.)

23. Order for Affidavit as to Documents. (O. 26, r. 6.)

24. Affidavit as to Documents. (O. 26, r. 6.)

25. Notice to Produce (General Form). (O. 26, r. 8.)

26. Formal Decree. (O. 35, r. 4.)

27. Writ of Fieri Facias. (O. 41, r. 4.)

28. Request and Authority to Under-Sheriff. (O. 41, r. 6.)

29. Judgment Summons. (O. 41, r. 13.)

30. Judgment Summons on Judgment or Order against a Firm, or a Person Carrying on Business in a Name other than his own. (O. 41, r. 16.)

31. Order of Commitment on a Judgment or Order of a court. (O. 41, r. 25.)

32. Order of Commitment of a Judgment Summons on a Judgment or Order against a Firm, or a Person Carrying on Business in a Name other than his own. (O. 41, r. 25.)

33. Affidavit for Leave to Summon Garnishee. (O. 41, r. 38.)

34. Summons to Garnishee. (O. 41, r. 38.)

35. Notice to Judgment Debtor of Issue of Garnishee Summons. (O. 41, r. 42.)

36. Notice to Judgment Creditor of Payment into court by Garnishee. (O. 41, r. 43.)

37. Notice to Judgment Debtor of Payment into court by Garnishee. (O. 41, r. 43.)

38. Interpleader Summons (1). (O. 41, r. 57.)

39. Interpleader Summons (2) (O. 41, r. 57.)

40. Bond for Costs on Appeal. (O. 44, r. 3.)

41. Warrant for Prisoner to Give Evidence.

42. Request for a Composition Order. (O. 42, r. 1.)

43. Order Directing Request to be Forwarded to another court. (O. 42, rs. 3 and 8.)

44. Order Staying Proceedings on Judgment, Order, Execution, Judgment Summons, or Order of Commitment. (O. 42, r. 5.)

45. Notice to Debtor. (O. 42, r. 3.)

46. Notice to Creditors. (O. 42, r. 3.)

47. Composition Order. (O. 42, r. 9.)

48. Notice to Creditors and other courts. (O. 42, r. 9.)

49. Notice of a Composition Order. (Section 53 (9).)

50. Notice of Claim to have Additional Debt Scheduled. (O. 42, r. 11.)

51. Order Suspending Operation of Composition Order or New Order for Payment by Instalments. (O. 42, r. 18.)

52. Judgment Summons. (O. 42, r. 15.)

53. Order of Commitment. (O. 42, r. 15.)

54. Notice of Dividend. (O. 42, r. 25.)

55. Order Superseding Composition Order. (Section 53 (13).)

56. Order Adding Debt to Schedule. (O. 42, r. 12.)

57. Notice to Debtor to Attend and Show Cause why Composition Order should not be Rescinded (O. 42, r. 14.)

58. Notice to Debtor and other courts of Rescission of Composition Order. (O. 42, r. 17.)

59. Notice of Instalments Due.

60. Certificate that Request has been Filed. (O. 42, r. 5.)

61. Notice to Creditor that his Claim is not Objected to. (O. 42, r. 12.)

62. Notice of Hearing of Objection to Claim. (O. 42, r. 13.)

63. Order Setting Aside or Rescinding Composition Order. (O. 42, r. 16.)

64. Order Rescinding Composition Order unless Debtor Pays Instalments in Arrear within a Specified Time or by Instalments. (O. 42, r. 19.)

65. Certified Copy of Proceedings.

66. Third Party Notice. (O. 12, r. 1.)

67. Notice by Under-Sheriff to Execution Creditor of Claim to Goods Seized. (O. 41, r. 53.)

68. Request to Search Judgments Register or Judgments Section of the Civil Causes Register (Individual Search). (O. 36, r. 3.)

69. Application for Permit for General Searches in Judgments Registers (against Unspecified Number of Names). (O. 36, r. 4.)

70. Permit for General Searches in Judgments Registers (against Unspecified Number of Names). (O. 36, r. 4.)

71. Certificate of Clerk of Subordinate court as to Amount Due and Unpaid. (O. 37, r. 3 (4) (a).)

72. Certificate of Clerk of Subordinate court that no Process for Enforcement Remains in Force. (O. 37, r. 3 (4) (a).)

73. Certificate of Clerk of a Magistrate’ court that no Process for Enforcement Remains in Force and no Proceedings for Variation are Pending. (O. 37, r. 3 (4) (a).)

74. Declaration as to the Amount Due and Unpaid. (O. 37, r. 3 (4) (b).)

75. Declaration that no Process for Enforcement Remains in Force. (O. 37, r. 3 (4) (b).)

76. Declaration that no Process for Enforcement Remains in Force and no Proceedings for Variation are Pending. (O. 37, r. 3 (4) (b).)   Sch. 1

77. Certificate of Clerk of Subordinate court that Copy of Maintenance Order is a True Copy sent for Registration. (O. 37, r. 4.)

78. Notice that Payments have Become Payable through the Clerk of a Magistrate’s court. (O. 37, r. 6(1).)

79. Notice that Payments under a Subordinate court Order have Ceased to be Payable through the Clerk of a Subordinate court. (O. 37, r. 6 (2).)

80. Notice of Cancellation of Registration of a High Court Order. (O. 37, r.6 (3).)

81. Order Remitting to the Original court Application for Variation of Registered Maintenance Order. (O. 37, r. 7.)

82. Endorsement that no Arrears Remain to be Recovered. (O. 37, r. 8 (7).)

83. Attachment of Earnings Order. (O. 37, r. 11.)

84. Notice that Defendant is not Employed by Person to whom an Attachment of Earnings Order is Directed. (O. 37, r. 14.) Sch. 1

1. GENERAL TITLE OF WRITS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS IN A SUIT

In the Subordinate court of ...............................

Between 

A.B., Plaintiff....................................
and
C.D., Defendant................................... <IN:LF:2.875,FI:0.5>or

In the matter of G.H., etc.

 

2. WRIT OF SUMMONS

[General Title]

<TS:1.96875,NM,NO>To..................................of ...............................................

<TS:1.96875,NM,NO,3.625,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO>You are hereby commanded in the name of the President to attend this court
at ...............................on the .................day of.......................19.............., at ............o’clock in the noon then and there to answer a suit by........................................against you. The plaintiff claims-

<TS:1.5,NM,NO,3.5,NM,NO,5.5,NM,NO>Issued at .........................the ........................day of .............19..................................

(Magistrate or Clerk of the court)

Sum claimed 

..........................K 

Court fees 

..........................K 

Messenger’s fees 

..........................K 

Solicitor’s costs 

..........................K 

TOTAL 

..........................K This Writ is issued by...................................................................

...................................

(Plaintiff)

..................................

(Solicitor for Plaintiff)

whose address is:..............................................................................................

Certificate of Service by court Messenger 

Upon the................ day of.........................19..............this Writ of Summons was served by me on ...........................Defendant, personally at..............................................................................................

...............................................................

(Court Messenger)

NOTICE TO DEFENDANT

1. If the amount claimed on this writ (K..................) is paid to the Clerk of the court before the day of..............19............................... , you will have no further costs to pay.

2. If you admit the claim but do not pay into court as above then, if you complete Form A below and lodge it with the Clerk of the court before the ...............day of ..............19 .................., the only additional costs you will have to pay will be as follows:

Solicitor’s costs .........................................K...................

Court fees ..................................................K....................

TOTAL.........................................................K....................

3. If you admit the claim but wish to apply for an order for payment by instalments then if you, reside in..........................................................

you must attend the court at the time and on the date shown on the face of the summons. If you reside elsewhere you should inform the Clerk of the court in writing before the date shown on the summons that you wish such an order to be made and what instalments you are able to pay.

4. If you do not admit the claim and wish to defend yourself against it, you must fill in Form B below and lodge it with the Clerk of the court before the........................ day of......................... 19............................... , together with a written statement of the grounds on which you wish to defend. You should also attend to the following instructions—

      (i)   On the date shown on the summons the court may give directions as to the time and place when the action will be heard and generally as to the conduct of the action. You need not attend or you may attend in person or by a Solicitor.

      (ii)   Any directions given in your absence will be notified to you by the Clerk of the court and, if the directions are to be given in your absence, you should write to the Clerk of the court informing him of any directions which you may desire including the time and place of hearing and giving your reasons for your request.

      (iii)   If you attend on the date shown on the summons the court may also, if satisfied that the interests of justice so require or with the consent of both parties, proceed to hear and determine the action on that day.

FORM A

<IN:LF:1,FI:0.5>Consent to Judgment............................................

<IN:LF:1,FI:0.5>No.......................................................................

<TS:4.875,NM,NO>Between 

<TS:4.875,NM,NO>{ 

<TS:4.875,NM,NO>Plaintiff.......................................................
and
Defendant..................................................... I,..................................................................., the Defendant in the above suit, do hereby consent to judgment being entered against me for the sum of K.........................................and K.....................................................costs.

......................................(Signed)

Witness:................................................................................

 

FORM B

<TS:6.4375,NM,NO>Notice of Intention to Defend

No......................................................

Between 

Plaintiff...............................................
and
Defendant...............................................

 

Take notice that I,............................................ , the Defendant in the above suit, intend to defend it on the following grounds:

My address is:................................................................................

*My Solicitor is:................................................................................

....................................................

(Signed )

* Delete if inapplicable.

 

3. DEFAULT WRIT OF SUMMONS

[General Title]

BETWEEN (names in full)..............................................................(residence or place of business)..........................(postal address).......................................................................................................................................................................Plaintiff

<TS:0.197222,NM,NO,0.39375,NM,NO,0.590278,NM,NO,0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,5,NM,NO>AND (names in full where known)..............................................(address at which service is to be effected)..............................(a post office box number is not sufficient)..........................................................................................................................................................Defendant

TO THE DEFENDANT.........................................................................

THE PLAINTIFF CLAIMS THE SUM OF K......................................................... FOR

Particulars 

Sum claimed 

Costs: 

K...................... 

Court fee 

K...................... 

Solicitor’s costs 

K...................... 

Service fee 

K...................... 

Kilometres 

K...................... 

TOTAL 

K...................... <TS:7.375,NM,DO>Signature of Plaintiff or his solicitors..........................................................................

<TS:7.375,NM,DO>Postal address for service and place of business:.......................................................................................

<TS:7.375,NM,DO>..................................................................................................................................................................

Judgment may be obtained against you and enforced without further notice unless within fifteen days of the service of this summons, inclusive of the day of service, you pay the total amount of the claim and costs to the plaintiff or his solicitors or send to the court, with a copy for the plaintiff or his solicitors, an Admission, Defence or Counter-claim for which the attached form should be used.

Dated this......................day of..............................., 19..........................

(Court Seal or Stamp)

.....................................

(Clerk of the court)

 

FOR INSTRUCTIONS TURN OVER

NOTE-Four copies should be presented at court by the party filing. Three will be returned to him. The original and a copy for service are for the court Messenger or other person who is to effect service. The fourth copy will remain in the court file.

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO DEFENDANT

Sch. 1

   (1) If you admit the claim or any part of it, pay the amount admitted and costs to the plaintiff or his solicitors within fifteen days after service of this summons, inclusive of the day of service. If you require longer time for payment, complete the form of ADMISSION attached.

   (2) If you dispute the claim or any part of it, complete the form of DEFENCE attached.

   (3) If you have any claim against the plaintiff, complete the form of COUNTER-CLAIM attached.

   (4) After filling in and signing the form with as many copies as there are plaintiffs, deliver all the copies to the court not later than fifteen days after service of this summons, inclusive of the day of service. You will receive notice from the court of a day on which you will have an opportunity of being heard on your proposal for payment, defence or counterclaim.

   (5) Delay in payment or in returning the form may add to the costs.

   (6) Remittances must be by CASH, OR POSTAL OR MONEY ORDER, payable to the plaintiff or his solicitors and crossed /& CO/ (cheques and stamps are not acceptable). POSTAGE MUST BE PREPAID. This summons must also be sent and a stamped addressed envelope for receipt. Payment otherwise than in cash to the plaintiff or his solicitor personally is made at the payer’s risk.

Address all communications for the court to:

The Magistrate/Clerk of the court, P.O. Box……………………………………………………………………….

……………………………………………………………………….

THE COURT OFFICE is open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Service Endorsement on Default Writ of Summons against a Firm. 

Service Endorsement on Default Writ of Summons against a Company. 

Service Endorsement on Default Writ of Summons against an Individual. 

A true copy of this writ of summons was served by me on the day of 19....... 

A true copy of this default writ of summons was served by me on the defendant company on the day............ of 19......... , by leaving the same at................. the address stated in the summons to be the Registered Office of the Company. 

A true copy of this summons was served by me on the day.......... of 19...... , by delivering the same to the said defendant personally. 

(a) by delivering the same at the address stated in the writ of summons or at......................to.............a partner in (or who stated that he was a partner in) the defendant’s firm (or who stated that he carried on business in the name of the defendant firm) 

Kilometres of K................was incurred in attempting and/or effecting service and this was endorsed on both copies of the summons in the space provided and the total completed at the time of service. 

Or (where court orders service other than personal) by delivering the same to.................. at the place of abode/ business of the defendant as stated in the summons. 

Or (b) by delivering the same at.................................................
being the principal place of business of the defendant firm to......................................................
the person who had at the time the control or management of the business there. 

....................................................
(Court Messenger) 

Kilometres of K..........was incurred in attempting and/or effecting service and this was endorsed on both copies of the summons in the space provided and the total completed at the time of service. 

Mr.....................................................
was informed by notice in writing given at the time of such service that he was served as the person having control or management of the partnership business. 

 

....................................................
(Court Messenger) 

Kilometres of K........................was incurred in attempting and/or effecting service and this was endorsed on both copies of the summons in the space provided and the total completed at the time of service. 

 

 

....................................................
(Court Messenger) 

 

 

[Am by SI 155 of 1968.]

4. GENERAL AFFIDAVIT

I........ (full names of deponent) of........ (Residence of deponent, followed by his occupation) make oath and say as follows:

..................................................................................................(Here set out, in numbered paragraphs, the facts deposed to)

Sworn at ..................................in the ..........................................Province this..........................day of.........., 19....................

Before me………………………………

(Officer of a court, Appointed to take Affidavits)

This affidavit is filed on behalf of...............

[Am by SI 155 of 1968.]

 

5. ADMISSION DEFENCE AND COUNTER-CLAIM

I ADMIT the plaintiff’s claim (1), and I offer to pay the same by instalments of K............................per month (2). 

Admission
(1) Or state the amount admitted
(2) Or state the date on which you can pay the whole sum 

NOTE - You MUST answer the following questions as to your means, if you want time to pay: 

1. What is your occupation?.................................................................................................................. 

2. What is your total income from all sources?....................................................................................... 

3. What persons, if any, are dependent on you?..................................................................................... 

4. What rent or mortgage instalments have you to pay?....................................................................... 

5. What other regular payments have you to make?............................................................................. 

(Add , in an action to which section 12 of the Hire-Purchase Act applies, I understand that if the plaintiff accepts this offer an order will be made for the return of the goods but the plaintiff will not be able to enforce the order so long as I make punctual payment in accordance with my offer.) 

Or 

Defence 

I DISPUTE the plaintiff’s claim (3) for the following reasons: 

(3) Or state the amount disputed Counter-claim 

Or 

 

I have a COUNTER-CLAIM against the plaintiff for K.........., for............. 

 

NOTE-If your counter-claim exceeds the plaintiff’s claim, you may have to pay a fee (which can be ascertained from any Subordinate court Office). If this fee is not paid to the Clerk of court your counter-claim may be struck out.

To be signed here………………………………….

(Defendant)

Address to which notices are to be sent:

.............................................................................................

............................................................................................

6. PRAECIPE FOR ENTRY OF JUDGMENT IN DEFAULT ACTION

[General Title]

I HEREBY REQUEST you to enter judgment by default against the defendant, (name the defendant, or if there are more defendants than one and it is desired to enter judgment against some or one only, name them or him) payable forthwith or on the ........day of................or by instalments of K ......................for every the first instalment to be paid on the..................day of ..............,19 ........................

 

K 

Amount of claim as stated in summons 

..................... 

Amount (if any) since received by plaintiff 

..................... 

Balance of claim for which judgment to be entered 

..................... 

Court fees entered on summons 

..................... 

Solicitor’s costs entered on summons 

..................... 

Solicitor’s costs (if any) on entering judgment 

..................... 

Service fee 

..................... 

Kilometres 

..................... 

TOTAL 

..................... <TS:0.197222,NM,NO,0.39375,NM,NO,0.590278,NM,NO,0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO,5,NM,NO>

Dated the .............day of..........., 19.................. .

................................................

(Plaintiff or Plaintiff’s Solicitor)

To The Clerk of the court.

[Am by SI 155 of 1968, 342 of 1968.]

7. NOTICE TO PLAINTIFF AND DEFENDANT OF ENTRY OF JUDGMENT

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

<TS:3.3125,NM,NO,5,NM,NO>TAKE NOTICE that on the ..................day of........................ , 19 .........................,

Judgment was given in the said Action of ..............................................................

in favour of the Plaintiff ...........................................................................................

................................

(Clerk of the court)

8. NOTICE OF HEARING

[General Title]

<TS:7.0625,NM,NO>TAKE NOTICE that this matter will be heard at the Subordinate court of the....................................Class

.......................................................(insert here the address of the court House) on the ................day of................19 ................, at.............. o’clock and that if you do not attend at the time and place above mentioned, such order will be made as the court thinks just.

.................................

(Clerk of the court)

9. HEARING NOTICE TO PLAINTIFF

[General Title]

To A.B., Plaintiff.

<TS:3,NM,NO,3.875,NM,NO>This cause will come on for hearing on the ................day of 19 ............., unless service of the Writ of Summons be not effected in sufficient time.

Should this date be altered a further notice will be sent to you.

..............................

(Clerk of the court)

10. NOTICE TO PLAINTIFF OF ALTERED RETURN DAY

[General Title]

To A.B., Plaintiff.

<TS:2.375,NM,NO,3.9375,NM,NO>In accordance with Order VI, rule 7 (2), of the Subordinate courts (Civil Jurisdiction) Rules, the return day of the Writ of Summons in this case has been altered to the .................day of...............19............. , service not having been effected in sufficient time for the following cause:

.....................................

(Clerk of the court)

11. AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE

[General Title]

I,....................................................., make oath and say as follows: 

(a)   Place where service effected
(b)   Name of defendant or person served 

1. I did on the................... day of.................19 .................., at (a).........
personally serve (b)............the within named defendant (or as the case may be) with a true copy of the writ of summons in this action which appeared to me to have been regularly issued out of the said court against the within named defendant (or defendants) and which was dated the ..........day of.......... 19 .................................... 

2. At the time of the said service the said writ and the copy thereof were subscribed in the manner and form prescribed by the rules of the said court. 

3. I did on the ................day of...............endorse on the said writ the day of the month and the week of the said service on the said defendant.

 

Sworn by the said...........................
at.....................on the day of...........19...............
Before me..................................................

12. DEBIT AND ADVICE NOTE

[Sch. 1]

IN THE .......................................................COURT..........................................

In the matter between 

Plaintiff
and
Defendant. 

SERVICE of the writ/summons/judgment summons/notice- 

EXECUTION issued has failed/has been withdrawn/suspended and the following fees are due from and owing by you in respect thereof: 

(a) was effected: 

(b) has failed/been attempted without success: 

 

Seizure.................................K.............. 

 

Kilometres (if appropriate at 10n per kilometre)............... K........................... 

 

Commission.................K..................... 

 

Haulage..........................K.................... 

 

Labour ............K................................... 

 

Auctioneer.........................K................. 

 

Advertising................K.......................... 

 

Total..............K...................................... The following fees are due from and owing by you in respect thereof:

Service (only if effected) 

K.................. 

Kilometres (if appropriate at 10n per kilometre) 

K.................. 

Total 

K.................. Kindly forward the above fees to me at the address given below immediately.

To: ................................................................................ 

(Name and signature):............................................... 

Address:...........................................
........................................................
......................................................... 

Address:...............................................
............................................................
............................................................
Date....................................................... NOTES-Delete whichever inapplicable

Insert date and place of service, person served and capacity.

Set out reasons with particulars and dates.

13. SUMMONS TO A WITNESS

[General Title]

TO............................................

You are hereby commanded in the name of the President to attend in person before this Court at ..................on the day of...................and so from day to day till the above cause be tried, to testify all that you know in the said cause.

<TS:2.875,NM,NO,4.6875,NM,NO,6.75,NM,NO>You are summoned at the instance of.............................Issued at ...............the day of.........................19 ...............

...................................

(Clerk of the court)

14. SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM

[General Title]

TO..................

You are hereby commanded in the name of the President to attend in person before this court at ..................on the ...................day of.....................and so from day to day till the above cause be tried, to testify all that you know in the said cause and also to bring with you and produce at the time and place aforesaid

<TS:2,NM,NO,3.25,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO>Issued at ...............the ..................day of .....................19 ...............

........................................

(Clerk of the court)

15. NOTICE TO ADMIT AND INSPECT

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

Take notice that the plaintiff (or defendant) in this action proposes to adduce in evidence the several documents hereunder specified, and that the same may be inspected by the defendant (or plaintiff) or his solicitor at ..............on the .............day of..............19............... between the hours of.................and    ..............., and the defendant (or plaintiff) is hereby required within forty-eight hours from the last-mentioned hour to admit, saving all just exceptions to the admissibility of all such documents as evidence in this action, that such of the said documents as are specified to be originals were respectively written, signed or executed as they purport respectively to have been, that such as are specified as copies are true copies, and that such documents as are stated to have been served, sent or delivered were so served, sent or delivered respectively.

<TS:1.9375,NM,NO,3.125,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO>Dated at ...............the ..............day of.............19............. .

.............................................

(Plaintiff or his Solicitor

or Defendant or his Solicitor)

TO.......................

Originals

Description of Document 

Date 

 

 

Copies

Description of Document 

Date 

Original or Duplicate served, sent or delivered, when, how and by whom 

 

 

 

16. NOTICE TO ADMIT FACTS

[General Title]

Take notice that the plaintiff (or defendant) in this action requires the defendant (or plaintiff) to admit, for the purposes of this action only, the several facts respectively hereunder specified, and the defendant (or plaintiff) is hereby required, not later than three clear days before the return day, to admit the said several facts, saving all just exceptions to the admissibility of such facts as evidence in this action.

<TS:1.9375,NM,NO,3,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO>Dated at ................the ................day of................19 .......................

(Plaintiff or his Solicitor

or Defendant or his Solicitor)

TO..................

The facts the admission of which are required are:

...............................................................................
..............................................................................

17. AFFIDAVIT ON MAKING APPLICATION FOR SECURITY FROM DEFENDANT

[General Title]

<TS:1,NM,NO,1.9375,NM,NO>I,.........................of............................, the above-named plaintiff, make oath, and say as follows:

1. .................................., the above-named defendant, is justly and truly indebted to me in kwacha for (state grounds of action).

2. I have caused a writ of summons to be issued out of this court at my suit against the said defendant.

3. The said defendant is about to leave Zambia, if he is not immediately apprehended, as appears from the following circumstances (state the circumstances from which the defendant’s intention to abscond is inferred).

4. The absence of the said defendant from Zambia will materially prejudice me in the prosecution of my action by reason of the following facts (state the facts from which such prejudice is inferred) (or the said defendant has disposed of (or removed) his property from Zambia as follows) (state particulars respecting the property removed or disposed of, and the manner of disposal) and the execution of any judgment or order obtained by me will be thereby obstructed or delayed.

 

Sworn by the said........................................
at.......................on the..................
day of...................19..................
Before me.........................................................

18. WARRANT TO ARREST AN ABSCONDING DEFENDANT

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

To the Sheriff of Zambia,

You are hereby commanded in the name of the President to take and arrest the body of....................of.............., the above-named defendant, and him to deliver to the keeper of the prison at ........................there to be kept until he shall have given bail or security by deposit or otherwise to the satisfaction of the said court, for his appearance at any time when called upon while the above suit is pending, and until execution or satisfaction of any decree that may be passed therein against him, or until he shall otherwise be lawfully delivered from custody under the said arrest, and also that you bring and have the said...............................before the court forthwith after the execution of this writ, in order that he may show cause touching the matter of such bail or security, and have there then this writ.

<TS:1.5625,NM,NO,2.5625,NM,NO,3.4375,NM,NO>Dated at ................the day of..................19 ................................

.........................................

(Magistrate)

19. ORDER ON DEFENDANT TO FIND BAIL

[General Title]

Whereas.......................of.................., the above-named plaintiff, hath proved that there is probably cause for believing that .................of...............is about to leave Zambia (or that he has removed from Zambia his property, or part thereof), and that by reason thereof the execution of any decree which may be made against the said............. is likely to be obstructed or delayed;

And whereas the said..............., having been allowed and required to show cause why he should not give bail as afterwards herein ordered, has failed to show any such sufficient cause:

I do hereby order that the said......................do find security, by deposit or otherwise, to the satisfaction of the court, for his appearance at any time when called upon while the above suit is pending and until execution or satisfaction of the decree of the court, in case judgment be given against him, and further that the said.......................be committed to the prison at ..................until the decision of the above-mentioned suit or execution of the decree, if judgment shall be given against the said..................., or until he comply with this order.

<TS:1.625,NM,NO,2.5625,NM,NO,4.0625,NM,NO>Dated at .................the................. day of..............19 ........................

.....................................

(Magistrate)

20. BAIL BOND BY DEFENDANT AND SURETIES

[General Title]

Know all men by these presents, that we .........................(the defendant arrested) of...............,............of............., and ...........of...............are held and firmly bound to..............of................in the sum of..................., kwacha of lawful money, to be paid to the said................,....................his executors, administrators or assigns, for which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and each of us for himself, in the whole, one and every of our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents.

Sealed with our seals. Dated the ..................day of .............................in the year of Our Lord 19.......................

<TS:1.5,NM,NO>Whereas a suit has been brought in the said court at......................., wherein ....................is plaintiff, and the above-bounden ....................................is defendant;

And whereas the said........................hath been ordered to give bail to the satisfaction of the court for his appearance at any time when called upon while the suit is pending, and until execution or satisfaction of the decree of the court in case judgment therein be given against him;

And whereas the above-named ...................and ..........................., at the request of the said...........................................,have agreed to enter into this obligation for the purposes aforesaid:

Now the condition of this obligation is such, that if the said........................shall appear when called upon as aforesaid, or if in default of such appearance as aforesaid, the said......................and ......................, any or either of them, shall pay unto the said.......................or his executors, administrators or assigns, any sum of money ........................that may be adjudged against the said....................., the defendant in the suit, with costs, then this obligation shall be void, otherwise shall remain in full force.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of 

(L.S.)
(L.S.)
(L.S.)
(Clerk of the court)

21. WARRANT TO ATTACH PROPERTY BEFORE JUDGMENT

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

To the Sheriff of Zambia,

<TS:5.0625,NM,NO,7.3125,NM,NO>Whereas it has been shown to the satisfaction of this court that ....................of...........................,the defendant in the above suit, with intent to obstruct or delay the execution of any decree which may be passed against him therein, is about to dispose of or remove out of Zambia his goods and chattels:

You are hereby commanded to seize, attach and take into your hands the movable and immovable property of the defendant (or certain property specified to the value of K...............), and to hold the same until the further order of the court; and you are also commanded forthwith after the execution of this writ to return the same into the court, with the place, time and particulars of execution endorsed thereon.

<TS:1.9375,NM,NO,3,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO>Dated at .................the .................day of..................19 ..........................

...........................

(Magistrate)

22. ORDER FOR DELIVERY OF INTERROGATORIES

[General Title]

Upon hearing...................it is ordered that the ...................on payment of the sum of K....................into court (or without giving security) be at liberty within.......................days from the date of this order to deliver to the....................... interrogatories in writing and that the said..........................do answer the interrogatories by affidavit and return such answer to me for filing and deliver a copy thereof to the.............within................days from the service of this order (add, where payment into court ordered , and a copy of the receipt for payment into court) upon him and that the costs of this application be .........................

<TS:2.125,NM,NO,3.5,NM,NO,4.875,NM,NO>Dated at .................the day .................of..............19 ...................................

....................................

(Magistrate)

23. ORDER FOR AFFIDAVIT AS TO DOCUMENTS

[General Title]

Upon hearing...............................it is ordered that on payment by the...........................................of the sum of K.......................into court (or without security given by the ...............) the .......................do within..........................days from the service of this order (add, where payment into court ordered, and a copy of the receipt for the payment into court) upon him, answer on affidavit stating what documents are or have been in possession or power relating to the matters in question in this action and return such affidavit to me for filing and deliver a copy thereof to the.............. and that the cost of this application be...........................

<TS:1.5625,NM,NO,3.5,NM,NO,6,NM,NO>Dated at ....................the ....................day of................19 ....................................

..................................

(Magistrate)

24. AFFIDAVIT AS TO DOCUMENTS

[General Title]

I, ................the above-named ......................., make oath and say as follows:

1. I have in my possession or power the documents relating to the matters in question in this action set forth in the first and second parts of the First Schedule.

2. I object to produce the said documents set forth in the second part of the First Schedule.

3. That (here state upon what grounds the objection is made and verify the facts as far as may be).

4. I have had but have not now in my possession or power the documents relating to the matters in question in this action set forth in the Second Schedule.

5. The last-mentioned documents were last in my possession or power on (state when).

6. That (here state what has become of the last-mentioned documents and in whose possession they now are).

7. According to the best of my knowledge, information and belief I have not now, and never had in my possession, custody or power or in the possession, custody or power of my solicitor or of any other person on my behalf any deed, account, book of account, voucher, receipt, letter, memorandum, paper or writing or any copy of or extract from any such document or any other document whatsoever relating to the matter in question in this action or any of them or wherein any entry has been made relative to such matters or any of them other than and except the documents set forth in the First and Second Schedules.

 

Sworn by the said.........................................
at.................on the........................................
day of................19........................................
Before me.......................................................

First Schedule

Second Schedule

25. NOTICE TO PRODUCE (GENERAL FORM)

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

Take notice that you are hereby required to produce and show to the court on the trial of this action all books, papers, letters, copies of letters and other writings and documents in your custody, possession or power containing any entry, memorandum or minute relating to the matters in question in this and particularly (specify them).

<TS:2,NM,NO,3.5,NM,NO,5.3125,NM,NO,5.875,NM,NO>Dated at .........................the ..............................day of..............19 ................................

..........................................

(Plaintiff or his Solicitor

or Defendant or his Solicitor)

To................................

26. FORMAL DECREE

[General Title]

It is decreed in the above suit that the above-named plaintiff do recover from the above- named defendant the sum of K.......................together with K...............................for costs, and the said defendant is hereby ordered to pay the sum of K.............................forthwith (or by the following instalments).

<TS:2,NM,NO,3.5,NM,NO,5,NM,NO>Dated at.........................the.......................................day of..................19 ...........................

Debt.......................K...........................

Costs   .....................K...........................

(Magistrate)

27. WRIT OF FIERI FACIAS

[General Title]

<TS:6.0625,NM,NO>To ...................................................................................Under-Sheriff.

<TS:3.5625,NM,NO,6.5,NM,NO>Between <TS:3.5625,NM,NO,6.5,NM,NO> A.B. (Plaintiff)
C.D. (Defendant).

Whereas in the above case in this court the said..................on the .................day of..................last by judgment of the court recovered against the said .................the sum of K ..........together with the sum of K........................ for costs.

This is therefore to require you that of the goods and chattels of the said....................in this District you cause to be levied by distress and sale of the goods and chattles of the said..................wherever the same may be found within the District of this court the sum of K...............together with your charges about the same and pay to the said....................the sum aforesaid; and certify to the Clerk of the court what you have done by virtue hereof for which this shall be your warrant.

<TS:3.5625,NM,NO,5.5625,NM,NO>Given under my hand this................day of........................19 ................

<TS:3.5625,NM,NO,5.5625,NM,NO>...................................

<TS:3.5625,NM,NO,5.5625,NM,NO>Clerk of the court.

..................................

(Magistrate)

28. REQUEST AND AUTHORITY TO UNDER-SHERIFF

(Walking Possession)

In the High Court for Zambia, at the
District Registry,

In the Subordinate court

CIVIL CAUSE No.

<TS:7.375,RT,NO>Between 

<TS:7.375,RT,NO>Plaintiff
and
Defendant To the Under-Sheriff and Others, the Bailiffs of the court.

I hereby request that you will not leave a Possession Man on my premises in close possession of the goods listed overleaf which you have seized under the above warrant of execution.

If this convenience is allowed to me, I undertake, pending the withdrawal or satisfaction of the warrant-

      (a)      not to remove the said goods or any portion thereof nor to permit their removal by any person unauthorised by you in that behalf;

      (b)      to inform any Sheriff’s Officer or other person who may enter my premises for the purpose of levying any other execution or distress that you are already in possession of my goods under the above warrant;

      (c)      to notify you immediately at your office of the visit of any such Sheriff’s Officer or other person for the purpose of levying as aforesaid.

And I authorise you, or any of you, pending the withdrawal or satisfaction of the above warrant, to re-enter my premises at any time and as often as you may consider necessary for the purpose of inspecting the said goods or completing the execution of the warrant.

<TS:3.5,NM,NO,5.3125,NM,NO,5.75,NM,NO>Dated this.........................day of..................19 .....................................

............................

(Judgment Debtor)

NOTE.-A copy of this form must be left with the debtor.

[Am by GN 94 of 1958]

29. JUDGMENT SUMMONS

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

Whereas the plaintiff obtained a judgment (or order) against the above-named defendant in this court (or in the Subordinate court of........ holden at    ..................) on the...............day of....................19 ...................for the payment of K................and costs, forthwith (or on the ............day of ............19 ..........., or by instalments of K............for every .............days), and subsequent costs have been incurred in pursuance thereof amounting to K..............;

And whereas default has been made in payment of the sum of K...............payable in pursuance of the said judgment (or order), and the plaintiff has required this judgment summons to be issued against you the defendant:

You are hereby summoned to appear personally in this court at ................on the...............day of..................19 ............at.................. o’clock in the noon to be examined on oath by the court touching the means you have or have had since the date of the said judgment (or order) to satisfy the sum payable in pursuance of the said judgment (or order).

<TS:3,NM,NO,4.5625,NM,NO,5.75,NM,NO>Dated at ....................the day ............................of.................19 ............................

...............................................

(Magistrate or Clerk of the court)

<TS:6.0625,NM,NO>To the Defendant.

Amount of judgment (or order) and costs 

K 

Deduct : Amounts (if any) in respect of which an order of
commitment was made and defendant was imprisoned
before date of order 

.................................................................. 

Add : Costs of previous judgment summonses, hearings and
commitments (if any) since date of judgment (or
order) allowed by the Magistrate 

.................................................................. 

Deduct : 

.................................................................. 

   Paid into court: 

.................................................................. 

      Otherwise than under execution 

.................................................................. 

      Under execution (after deducting costs of execution) 

.................................................................. 

   Amounts in respect of which an order of commitment has been made since date of judgment (or order),
and in respect of which defendant has been or
may be imprisoned 

.................................................................. 

   Amounts which were not required to have been paid before the date of this summons. 

.................................................................. 

Sum in payment of which defendant has made default 

.................................................................. 

Costs of this summons 

..................................................................

 

30. JUDGMENT SUMMONS ON JUDGMENT OR ORDER AGAINST A FIRM, OR A PERSON CARRYING ON BUSINESS IN A NAME OTHER THAN HIS OWN

[General Title]

<TS:1.9375,NM,NO,3,NM,NO>To (a).........................................of............................................

Whereas the plaintiff obtained judgment (or an order) against the defendant in the name of (b)......................of........................above described in this court (or in the Subordinate court of..............................holden at...........................) on the .......................day of...............19 ................for the sum of K....................... (and costs) and there is now due and payable under the said judgment (or order) from the said (b)................... to the said plaintiff the sum of K..................................;

And whereas the plaintiff has filed an affidavit in this court a copy whereof is hereto annexed wherein it is alleged that you the above-named (a).........................................................(b)..............................(or as the person carrying on business on your own behalf in the name of (b)......) are liable to pay the sum payable under the said judgment (or order):

You are hereby summoned to appear personally in this court at ..................on the .....................day of.............19 ...............at the hour of in the noon, to be examined on oath by the court touching the means you have or have had since the date of the said judgment (or order) to pay the said sum of K.............................now due and payable under the said judgment (or order).

And take notice that if you deny that you are liable as one of the partners in (or the sole member of) the said firm of..................(or as the person carrying on business on your own behalf in the name of................) to pay the sum payable under the said judgment (or order) you must appear at this court on the day and at the hour above mentioned, and that in default of your so appearing you will be deemed to admit your liability as aforesaid to pay the amount due and payable under the said judgment (or order).

<TS:3,NM,NO,5.0625,NM,NO,6.4375,NM,NO>Dated at .....................the ..............day of.............19.......................

.............................................

(Magistrate or Clerk of the court)

Amount remaining due under judgment (or order)..................................K..............................

Costs of this summons. ..........................................................................K.............................

Total sum due........................................................K............................

(a)    Insert the name of person alleged to be a partner in the firm or sole member thereof or of the person alleged to be carrying on business in a name other than his own.

(b)      Insert name as in the original summons with any amendment made by the court.

31. ORDER OF COMMITMENT ON A JUDGMENT OR ORDER OF A COURT

[General Title]

To   ........................bailiff and the gaoler at .................................................

Whereas the plaintiff obtained judgment (or an order) against the defendant in this court (or in the Subordinate court of holden at ................) on the..................day of.....................19 ...............for the payment of K..............for debt (or damages) and costs, and subsequent costs have been incurred in pursuance thereof amounting to K...........................;

And whereas the defendant has made default in payment of K.................payable in pursuance of the said judgment (or order);

And whereas a summons was at the instance of the plaintiff duly issued out of this court by which the defendant was required to appear personally at this court on the ..................day of...............19......................... to be examined on oath touching the means he then had or had had since the date of the said judgment (or order) to satisfy the sum then due and payable in pursuance of the said judgment (or order), which summons has been proved to this court to have been personally and duly served on the defendant;

And whereas at the hearing of the said summons it has been proved to the satisfaction of the court that the said defendant .............now has (or has had since the date of the said judgment (or order)) the means to pay the sum due and payable in pursuance of the said judgment (or order) and refuses (or neglects or has refused (or neglected)) to pay the same:

Now therefore it is ordered that for such default as aforesaid the said defendant..................shall be committed to prison for ..................., unless he shall sooner pay the sum stated below as that upon payment of which he is to be discharged or an order for his discharge shall be granted pursuant to Order XLI, rule 25.

These are therefore to require you the said................. to take the said defendant ..................and to deliver him to the gaoler of the .............................prison and you the said gaoler to receive the said defendant and him safely keep in the said..................... prison for.......................from the arrest under this order or until he shall be sooner discharged by due course of law.

<TS:3,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO,5.625,NM,NO>Dated at .............the ..................day of..................19 ...........................

.......................................

(Magistrate)

Sum in payment of which defendant had made default at time of issue of judgment summons 

K........................ 

Fees and costs on issue and hearing of judgment summons 

K........................ 

Deduct amount paid into court since issue of judgment summons 

K....................... 

Fee on issue of this order 

K....................... 

Sum on payment of which the debtor is to be discharged 

K........................

32. ORDER OF COMMITMENT OF A JUDGMENT SUMMONS ON A JUDGMENT OR ORDER AGAINST A FIRM, OR A PERSON CARRYING ON BUSINESS IN A NAME OTHER THAN HIS OWN

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

TO.............................bailiff and the gaoler at.............................................................................

Whereas the plaintiff obtained a judgment (or order) against the defendant by and in the name of (a).....................above described in this court (or in the Subordinate court of.................holden at.................) on the ................day of................19 ..................., for the sum of K.....................(and costs), and there is now due and payable under the said judgment (or order) from the said defendant to the said plaintiff the sum of K.........................................;

And whereas the said plaintiff having filed an affidavit in this court, wherein it was alleged that (b).....................was liable as one of the partners in (or the sole member of) the said firm of................ (or as the person carrying on business on his own behalf in the name of............... ) to pay the sum payable under the said judgment (or order) a summons was, at the instance of the said plaintiff, duly issued out of this court, by which the said...........................was required to appear personally at this court on the ...................day of.....................19................. , to be examined on oath touching the means he had then or had had since the date of the said judgment (or order) to pay the sum due and payable under the said judgment (or order) and notice was thereby given to the said that if he denied that he was liable as one of the partners in (or the sole member of) the said firm of ................(or as the person carrying on business on his own behalf in the name of..............) to pay the sum payable under the said judgment (or order) he must appear at this court on the day above mentioned, and that in default of his so appearing he would be deemed to admit his liability as aforesaid to pay the amount due and payable under the said judgment (or order);

And whereas the said summons came on for hearing this day, and the said summons has been proved to this court to have been personally and duly served on the said.............................;

And whereas the said..............................did not appear at the hearing of the said summons; (or And whereas the said................appeared at the hearing of the said summons, and admitted his liability as one of the partners in (or the sole member of.............) the said firm of..............(or as the person carrying on business on his own behalf in the name of ) to pay the sum payable under the said judgment (or order);) (or And whereas the said    appeared at the hearing of the said summons, and denied liability but proof has been made to the satisfaction of the court that the said is liable as one of the partners in (or the sole member of) the said firm of.............. (or as the person carrying on business on his own behalf in the name of....................) to pay the said sum);

And whereas at the hearing of the said summons it has now been proved to the satisfaction of the court that the said................now has (or has had since the date of the said judgment (or order) ) the means to pay the sum due and payable under the said judgment (or order), and refuses (or neglects or has refused (or neglected) ) to pay the same:

Now therefore it is ordered that for such default as aforesaid the said .............shall be committed to prison for .......................,unless he shall sooner pay the sum stated below as that upon payment of which he is to be discharged or an order for his discharge shall be granted pursuant to Order XLI, rule 25.

These are therefore to require you the said................and others to take the said................and to deliver him to the gaoler of the prison at ..................and you the said gaoler to receive the said and him safely keep in the said prison for.................from the arrest under this order or until he shall be sooner discharged by due course of law.

<TS:3.5,NM,NO,4.875,NM,NO,6.25,NM,NO>Dated at .................the .................day of..............19 .....................

...............................

(Magistrate)

Amount remaining due under judgment (or order) at time of issue of
of judgment summons 

<TS:0.196528,NM,NO,0.39375,NM,NO,0.590278,NM,NO,0.7875,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18056,NM,NO,1.32292,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.77153,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO>K............................ 

Fees and costs on issue and hearing of judgment summons 

K............................ 

Deduct amount paid into court since issue of judgment summons 

K............................ 

Fee on issue of this order 

K............................ 

Sum on payment of which the debtor is to be discharged 

K............................ (a)      Insert name, address and description as in the original summons with any amendment made by the court.

(b)      Insert name, address and description of one of the persons alleged to be partners in the firm against whom the judgment or order was obtained, or of the person alleged to be the sole member thereof or of the person alleged to be carrying on business in a name other than his own.

33. AFFIDAVIT FOR LEAVE TO SUMMON GARNISHEE

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

and

Garnishee.

I, A.B. of   ...............(or I, C.D. of.............., solicitor to) the above-named plaintiff, make oath and say:

1. That I (or A.B.) on the ..............day of.....................recovered judgment (or obtained an order) in the court holden at ..................in this action (or matter) against the above-named defendant, for the sum of K.................for debt (or damages) and costs.

2. That the said judgment (or order) is still wholly unsatisfied (or is unsatisfied as to the sum of K.............................).

3. That I am informed and verily believe that the above-named garnishee of................is indebted to the defendant in the sum of (about) K..............

4. That the garnishee is in respect of the said debt to the defendant within the jurisdiction of this court and could be (or has been) sued in respect thereof in this court on the following ground (state grounds of jurisdiction).

Sworn by the said...........................................
at.......................on the...................
day of.............................19.........................
Before me.......................................................
}



…………………………………………………..

34. SUMMONS TO GARNISHEE

[General Title]

and

Garnishee.

Whereas the plaintiff at a court holden at .................on the day of............19................................recovered judgment (or obtained an order) against the defendant who resides at   .................and is a (description of trade or calling) for the sum of K................for debt (or damages) and costs which judgment (or order) remains unsatisfied as to the sum of K.........................;

And whereas the plaintiff has filed an affidavit stating that you are indebted to the defendant in the sum of ............K.................

You are hereby summoned to appear at a court to be holden at .................on the.......................day of...........19 ............., at the hour of..................in the noon, to show cause why an order should not be made upon you for the payment to the plaintiff of the amount of the debts due and payable from you to the defendant, or so much thereof as will satisfy the debt due under the said judgment (or order) and the plaintiff’s costs of this proceeding;

And take notice that from and after the service of this summons upon you all such debts are attached to answer the said judgment (or order);

And further take notice that if you pay to the Clerk of the court the amount of such debts, or so much thereof as will satisfy the debts due under the said judgment (or order) (and the fees and solicitor’s costs endorsed on this summons), five clear days before the day upon which you are required to appear, you will incur no further costs.

<TS:3.5,NM,NO,5.0625,NM,NO,6.5,NM,NO>Dated at .....................the ...............day of......................19 .....................

......................................

(Clerk of the court)

TO

Amount remaining due under judgment (or order) 

K........................... 

Court fees, including hearing fee 

K........................... 

Solicitor’s costs 

K........................... 

TOTAL AMOUNT 

K........................... This summons is issued at the instance of...............the above-named plaintiff (or solicitor for the above-named plaintiff).

35. NOTICE TO JUDGMENT DEBTOR OF ISSUE OF GARNISHEE SUMMONS

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

and

Garnishee.

Take notice that the garnishee summons, a copy of which is hereunto annexed, was issued on the day of...................., and served on the ....................day of.................., and that if you have any cause to show why the court should not order ................., the garnishee named in the said summons, to pay to the judgment creditor the debt alleged to be due from the garnishee to you, or so much thereof as may be sufficient to satisfy the sum due to the judgment creditor from you, with the costs of the garnishee proceedings, you must appear at this court on the day of at the hour of in the noon, and show such cause accordingly.

<TS:3.625,NM,NO,5.625,NM,NO,6.6875,NM,NO>Dated at ...............the ......................day of ......................19 .................................

(Clerk of the court)

TO ................................

36. NOTICE TO JUDGMENT CREDITOR OF PAYMENT INTO COURT BY GARNISHEE

(1)

WHERE WHOLE CLAIM PAID IN

[General Title]

And

Garnishee.

Take notice that the garnishee has paid into court the full amount of your claim in these proceedings, together with your costs therein.

The amount paid into court will on application made by you on the .....................day of.......................at the hour of................in the ..................noon be ordered to be paid out to you, unless cause is shown to the contrary; or you may apply for payment out on any earlier day, on the production of the consent in writing of the judgment debtor to the money paid into court being paid out to you.

<TS:2.5,NM,NO,4.375,NM,NO,6.1875,NM,NO>Dated at ..............the ...............day of........................19 ...............................

(Clerk of the court)

TO ..........................................

(2)

WHERE PART OF CLAIM PAID IN

[General Title]

and

Garnishee.

Take notice that the garnishee has paid into court the sum of K..............................in respect of your claim in these proceedings, and the sum of K...............................in respect of fees and costs.

If you elect to accept the sum paid in in full satisfaction of your claim against the garnishee, and the costs you have incurred, and send to the Clerk of the court and to the garnishee a written notice of such acceptance forthwith, by post, or by leaving the same at the office of the Clerk of the court and at the garnishee’s residence or place of business, the proceedings against the garnishee will abate, and you will not be liable to any costs incurred by the garnishee after receiving such notice, and the amount paid into court will on application made by you on the ....................day of...............at the hour of.................in the ................noon be ordered to be paid out to you, unless cause is shown to the contrary; or you may apply for payment out on any earlier day, on the production of the consent in writing of the judgment debtor to the money paid into court being paid out to you.

In default of such notice the proceedings will proceed; and if you do not appear at the hearing you will be liable to pay to the garnishee such costs as he may incur for appearing at the hearing, or such other sum of money as the Magistrate may order for expenses subsequent to the payment into court.

<TS:3.5625,NM,NO,5.0625,NM,NO,6.125,NM,NO>Dated at ........................the ...........................day of...........................19 .....................................

.........................................

(Clerk of the court)

TO................................................. .

37. NOTICE TO JUDGMENT DEBTOR OF PAYMENT INTO COURT BY GARNISHEE

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

and

Garnishee.

Take notice that M.N., the garnishee named in the proceedings herein, has paid into court the sum of K............................................

And further take notice that the said sum will be ordered to be paid out to the judgment creditor, A.B., unless you appear at this court on .................the    day of...........................at the hour of..............................in the noon, and show cause to the contrary.

<TS:3.625,NM,NO,5.25,NM,NO,6.625,NM,NO>Dated at ....................the day of...........................19 ..............................................

........................................

(Clerk of the court)

TO............................. .

38. INTERPLEADER SUMMONS (1)

(To be served on Execution Creditor)

[General Title]

Whereas....................has made a claim to certain property (or to the proceeds of sale (or value) of certain property) taken in execution under process issuing out of this court at your instance (or certain rent alleged to be due to him in respect of and issuing out of the premises upon which certain property was taken in execution under process issuing out of this court at your instance):

You are hereby summoned to appear at a court to be holden at ................on the..................day of...............19 ..............at the hour of..................in the ...............noon, when the said claim will be adjudicated upon; and such order made thereupon as to the court shall seem fit.

<TS:3.3125,NM,NO,5.3125,NM,NO,6.5625,NM,NO>Dated at .......................the ..................day of..............19 .............................

................................................

(Magistrate or Clerk of the court)

TO ..................................

39. INTERPLEADER SUMMONS (2)

(To be served on the Claimant)

[General Title]

TO...................................

You are hereby summoned to appear at a court to be holden at ....................on the .......................day of.............19 ..................at the hour of.................in the noon to support a claim made by you to certain property (or to the proceeds of sale (or value) of certain property) taken in execution under process issuing out of this court at the instance of (a)........................and in default of your then establishing such claim the said property will then be sold and the proceeds thereof paid over (or the said proceeds of sale (or value) will be paid over) according to the exigency of the said process.

<TS:3.5625,NM,NO,5.125,NM,NO,6.4375,NM,NO>Dated at ...................the ....................day of..................19 .....................

.......................................................

(Magistrate or Clerk of the court)

      (a) Here insert name of execution creditor.

40. BOND FOR COSTS ON APPEAL

[General Title]

Know all men by these presents, that we ................of..............,........................of............, and ..................of...................., are jointly and severally held and firmly bound to...................of......................., in the sum of.....................kwacha of lawful money, to be paid to the said........................, his executors, administrators or assigns, for which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and each of us for himself, in the whole, one and every of our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals.

<TS:2.125,NM,NO,3.5,NM,NO>Dated the ...............................day of................................, in the year of our Lord 19......................... .

Whereas a suit is now depending in the court below at .................; wherein the said ..................is plaintiff, and the said..............is defendant;

And whereas a judgment was given by the court below therein on the....................day of...............for the said.............., and the said...............have applied for leave to appeal from the said judgment;

And whereas it is by law provided that the party appealing shall give security to the satisfaction of the court below for all such costs as may be awarded to any respondent by the Appellate court;

Sch. 1

And whereas the above-named .....................and ............................, at the request of the said, have agreed to enter into this obligation for the purposes aforesaid:

Now the condition of this obligation is such, that if the above-bounden ....................., ....................and .........................., any or either of them, shall pay unto the said...................., his executors, administrators or assigns, the costs of the said appeal as the Appellate court shall order, then this obligation shall be void, otherwise shall remain in full force.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of: 

(L.S.)
(L.S.)
(L.S.)
(Clerk of the court)

41. WARRANT FOR PRISONER TO GIVE EVIDENCE

[General Title]

To the Keeper of the Prison at................................

You are hereby commanded to have ......................, a prisoner under your custody, before the court at on ..................the ..................................day of......................next at ................o’clock in the noon, to give evidence in the above-named cause, and immediately after he has there and then given his evidence to return.

<TS:2.0625,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO,6.0625,NM,NO>Issued at ..............the ............day of...............19 ..............................

<TS:2.0625,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO,6.0625,NM,NO>........................................

<TS:2.0625,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO,6.0625,NM,NO>(Magistrate)

42. REQUEST FOR A COMPOSITION ORDER

[General Title]

I,.................. of......................the above-named defendant, state that a judgment was obtained against me in this action on the...........................day of..............19 ................, for the sum of K.................., and that I am unable to pay the amount forthwith.

I am indebted to the several persons, including the plaintiff in this action, mentioned in the list hereto in the sums set opposite their names, not exceeding in the whole K800, and I am indebted to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief to no other person whatsoever.

I hereby request that an order may be made for the administration of my estate under the Subordinate courts Act and the payment of my debts in full (or to the extent ...............of ngwee in the kwacha), by instalments of................kwacha and ..............ngwee for every

LIST OF CREDITORS

Note.-The judgment debt must be inserted as well as all other debts

Name of Creditor   ..............Address..................................Description...........................Amount of Debt.....................................

If any of the above creditors, in addition to the judgment creditor, have sued the defendant in any court, the summons or order in each case must be produced to the Clerk of the court.

If any creditor is secured or entitled to distrain, or any person in addition to the debtor is liable for any debt, this fact must be stated, with the particulars and estimated value of the security, or the name and address of such other person.

STATEMENT

I STATE-

That I am......................... years of age, and am (here state occupation);

That I am employed at (here state name and address and description of employer);

That my wages are (here state amount received weekly or otherwise);

That I have (or have not) a wife;

That my wife earns by (here state the work done by wife, and the wages she earns);

That I have the following children living with me (here insert names and ages of children):

(1) 

<IN:LF:0.166667,FI:-0.0104167><TS:0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO>    

aged 

years 

(2) 

<IN:LF:0.166667,FI:-0.0104167><TS:0.708333,NM,NO,0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO>    

aged 

years 

(3) 

<IN:LF:0.166667,FI:-0.0104167><TS:0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO>    

aged 

years 

(4) 

<IN:LF:0.166667,FI:-0.0104167><TS:0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO>    

aged 

years 

(5) 

<IN:LF:0.166667,FI:-0.0104167><TS:0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO>    

aged 

years 

(6) 

<IN:LF:0.166667,FI:-0.0104167><TS:0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,1.96875,NM,NO>    

aged 

years That numbers..................earn money (or are in receipt of incomes as follows):

Number (1)..................K.............a week.

Number (2)...................K.............a week and so on.

That the reason why I am unable to pay my debts (here state reasons):

<TS:2.5,NM,NO>That I have goods, household or otherwise, at ...............................to the value of K........................; and other property, to wit (specifying the same), to the value of K...........................(or, and no other property).

I,.............................. aforesaid, make oath, and say that to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief, the names of all my creditors, and the debts due from me to them, are truly set forth in the above list of my creditors, and that the particulars contained in my request and the above statement are true.

<TS:1.9375,NM,NO,3.25,NM,NO>Sworn at ...................this................day of.................19 ...............

Before me..........................

....................................

(Magistrate)

43. ORDER DIRECTING REQUEST TO BE FORWARDED TO ANOTHER COURT

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

Whereas a judgment was obtained against the above-named defendant in this action on the .................day of...............19 ...............;

And whereas the defendant has filed a request in this court for an order for the administration of his estate under section 53 of the Subordinate Courts Act;

And whereas in the opinion of the court it would be inconvenient that this court should administer the estate;

It is ordered that the said request and a certificate of the said Judgment be forwarded to the Subordinate court (Class............ ),.....................holden at .................in the District of which court the said debtor (or a majority of the creditors of the said debtor) reside(s).

<TS:2.375,NM,NO,3.8125,NM,NO,4.375,NM,NO>Dated this.................day of...............19 ...................

.........................................

(Magistrate)

44. ORDER STAYING PROCEEDINGS ON JUDGMENT, ORDER, EXECUTION, JUDGMENT SUMMONS, OR ORDER OF COMMITMENT

[General Title]

In the matter of a request for a Composition Order against the above-named

Upon the application of the above-named defendant, and it appearing that the said defendant has filed in this court (or in the Subordinate court of    .................holden at..........................) a request for a Composition Order under section 53 of the Subordinate Courts Act;

And the defendant undertaking not to dispose of or remove any of his goods and chattels which are liable to be seized under Warrant of Execution until after the hearing of the said request;

It is ordered that the proceedings under the judgment (or order) obtained against the defendant in this action (or writ of execution or judgment summons or order of commitment) issued in this action against the defendant be stayed until the hearing of the said request on the..................... day of...............19 ...................

[If the sheriff is in possession under writ of execution, and is ordered to withdraw, add:

And it is ordered that the sheriff do withdraw from possession of the goods and chattels seized under the said writ until after the hearing of the said request.]

[If costs allowed, add:

And it is ordered that the costs of the said writ of execution (or judgment summons, or order of commitment) incurred by the above-named plaintiff be allowed, and that such costs, if and so far as they are not allowed out of any money received under the writ of execution (or judgment summons or order of commitment) may on the application of the plaintiff be added to the debt due to him from the said defendant and scheduled to the said request.]

<TS:2.0625,NM,NO,3.5625,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO>Dated this.................day of......................19 .......................

...............................

(Magistrate)

45. NOTICE TO DEBTOR

[Sch. 1]

In the Subordinate court (Class...........................)...................holden at......................................

In the matter of a request for a Composition Order against................of.............................debtor.

Take notice, that your request for a Composition Order under section 53 of the Subordinate Courts Act, (add, if so, which has been forwarded to this court from the court of    .....................holden at ..................), will be heard at the court House at .................., on the ...................................day of.......................19 .................., at the hour of...............in the ................noon.

You must bring with you to the court all your books of account, invoices, papers, summons, or other documents relating to any debts owing by you.

Date..................................

.........................................

(Clerk of the court)

To ..................of.................................

46. NOTICE TO CREDITORS

In the Subordinate court (Class.................)....................holden at................................

In the matter of a request for a Composition Order against..................of ............................debtor.

Whereas the above-named debtor has filed a request for a Composition Order under section 53 of the Subordinate courts Act, and for the payment of his debts in full (or to the extent of ........................ngwee in the kwacha) to be paid by instalments of.................. kwacha and ..............ngwee for every ..................(add, if so, which request has been forwarded to this court from the Subordinate court (Class............ ) holden at ...................);

This is to give you notice that the court will proceed to hear the said request at a court to be holden at on the ..............day of........19 ..................., at the hour of.................in the ................................noon.

The debtor states that he owes you the sum of K.....................................................

The debtor states that he is..................and is employed at ....................(as set out in the request), and that his wages are ....................,and that his wife earns.................and that he has.................... children living with him, of whom ...................earn wages (or are in receipt of incomes) amounting to K.............. , and that he has other property, to wit (specifying the same)..........................to the value of....................(or, no other property).

A list of creditors, with the amounts stated to be respectively owing to them, can be inspected on application at the office of the Clerk of the court.

If you wish to object to the debt of any creditor named in the list, or to the amount of the composition or the instalments which the debtor proposes to pay, you must give written notice thereof, by post or otherwise, to the Clerk of the court and to the debtor, and in the case of objection to a debt to the creditor whose debt is objected to, five clear days before the day fixed for the hearing of the request, stating in such notice the grounds of your objection.

If you claim more than the amount stated to be due to you, you should bring with you to the court on the day above mentioned any witnesses, books, etc., necessary to prove your claim.

The debtor’s proposal above mentioned does not prejudice the power of the court to make on the hearing of the request an order providing for the payment of his debts to a greater or less extent, or by greater or smaller instalments, as appears practicable to the court under the circumstances of the case.

<TS:2.875,NM,NO,4.1875,NM,NO,5.75,NM,NO>Dated .........................the ........................day of.....................19 .............................

.......................................

(Clerk of the court)

<TS:1.0625,NM,NO,2,NM,NO>To ....................of.......................

47. COMPOSITION ORDER

In the Subordinate court (Class..................)......................holden at.....................................

Number of Composition Order...............................

In the matter of a Composition Order against.......................of.........................debtor.

<TS:2.375,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO,4.6875,NM,NO>The................day of...........................19 .................

It is this day ordered that the above-named debtor do pay the several debts in the Schedule, and all others now due and which may hereafter be duly proved under this order in respect of debts now incurred, in full (or to the extent of ngwee in the kwacha); And it is ordered that the said debtor do pay to the Clerk of the court K..........................(.............kwacha .............ngwee) every ......................until such debts shall be paid in full (or to the extent of   ngwee in the kwacha) together with the costs of administering this order, and the costs of...................the first of such payments to be made on the..............day of.................. 19..............., and it is directed that have the conduct of this order.

..............................

(Magistrate)

<TS:1.4375,NM,NO>To ......................................

Take notice that if you change your address you must at once give notice to the Clerk of the court of your new address.

This order may at any time be set aside or rescinded by the Magistrate in any of the following cases, namely:

   (1) Where two or more of the instalments ordered to be paid are in arrear.

   (2) Where the debtor has wilfully inserted in the list attached to his request the wrong name or address of any of his creditors, or has wilfully omitted therefrom the name of any creditor.

   (3) Where the debtor subsequent to the date of the order obtains credit without informing the creditor that a composition order has been made in respect of his estate.

   (4) Where the order has been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation.

   (5) Where a receiving order has since the date of the composition order been made against the debtor.

   (6) Where the debtor leaves Zambia before he has fully complied with the order.

Sch. 1

SCHEDULE OF DEBTS

<TS:3,NM,NO,7.125,NM,NO>Name of Creditor.........................Address....................K.........................................

48. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHER COURTS

In the Subordinate court (Class..................)..............holden at..................

Number of Composition Order.................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against.................of.............................debtor

Take notice, that the court has this day made a Composition Order providing for the payment of the debts of the above-named debtor in full (or, to the extent of...................ngwee in the kwacha) by instalments of K.................(...............) every ................., and has directed that .......................shall have the conduct of the order.

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO,4.75,NM,NO>This................. day of...............19 ....................

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO,4.75,NM,NO>.........................................

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO,4.75,NM,NO>(Clerk of the court)

Please bring this notice with you when you apply for a dividend or attend at the office of the Clerk of the court for any purpose whatsoever.

49. NOTICE OF A COMPOSITION ORDER MADE IN THE SUBORDINATE COURT

(Class      ss.................)

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO,3.875,NM,NO,5.5625,NM,NO>holden at ...............on the ..............day of..................19...................

Name of Debtor...............................................................................

Residence........................................................................................

Description..........................................................................................

Number of Creditors Scheduled..................................

Judgment................................

Non-Judgment........................

Gross amount of debts   ......................

Number of order ....................

I certify that the above return is correct.

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO,3.9375,NM,NO,5.3125,NM,NO>Dated at ................this..............day of.................19 .................

.........................................

(Clerk of the court)

50. NOTICE OF CLAIM TO HAVE ADDITIONAL DEBT SCHEDULED

[Sch. 1]

In the Subordinate court (Class................) holden at ............................ No. of Composition Order......................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against...........................of ...................debtor.

Take notice that ...............states that you owe him the sum of K................for and claims to be scheduled as a creditor for that sum;

And further take notice that if you wish to dispute such claim you must within fourteen days from this date sign and return the notice at the foot hereof to the Clerk of the court.

If you do not return the notice as above mentioned the said claim will be taken to be admitted by you, and will be added to the schedule accordingly.

.....................................

(Clerk of the court)

To ........................

NOTICE

No. of Composition Order....................................

I object to the claim of.................................against me.

....................................

(Debtor)

To the Clerk of the court....................

51. ORDER SUSPENDING OPERATION OF COMPOSITION ORDER OR NEW ORDER FOR PAYMENT BY INSTALMENTS

In the Subordinate court (Class.............) holden at ....................

No. of Composition Order ..........................

In the matter of a Composition Order against.....................of ...................debtor.

Whereas a Composition Order was made against the above-named debtor on the .....................day of...............for the payment of his debts in full (or to the extent of..................in the K...............) by instalments of K.................every and whereas it appears that the debtor is unable to pay the instalments due under the said order by reason of illness (or unavoidable misfortune).

It is hereby ordered that the operation of the above Order be and the same is hereby suspended for a term of................from this date (or it is hereby ordered that the said debtor do pay the amount remaining due under the said order by instalments of K...........every.................. the first of such instalments to be paid on the .................day of..............19 ............).

<TS:2.25,NM,NO,4.5625,NM,NO>Dated this................day of...............19 ...............

..............................

(Magistrate)

52. JUDGMENT SUMMONS

(On Composition Order)

In the Subordinate court (Class................) holden at .................................

No. of Composition Order ............................................... No. of Judgment Summons..........................................

<TS:3.8125,NM,NO,6.1875,NM,NO>In the matter of a Composition Order against...........................of ............................................debtor.

Whereas a Composition Order was made against you the above-mentioned debtor in this court, on the day of......................19 ................, for the payment of your debts in full (or to the extent of.................. in the K.............) by instalments of K...................every........................................

And whereas you have made default in payment of the sum of K..................payable in pursuance of the said order:

You are therefore hereby summoned to appear personally in this court at..............................................on the ................day of.............19 ......at the hour of...........in the noon, to be examined on oath by the court touching the means you have or have had since the date of the order to satisfy the sum payable in pursuance of the said order, and also to show cause why you should not be committed to prison for such default; and you are hereby warned that unless the contrary is proved you will be deemed to have since the date of the order the means to pay the sum in respect of which you have made default, and to have refused or neglected to pay the same.

<TS:2.875,NM,NO,5.25,NM,NO>Dated this..................day of..............19 ...................................

......................................

(Clerk of the court)

Amount paid under Composition Order. 

K.................................. 

Amount of instalments due and upon payment of which no further proceedings will be had until default in payment of the next instalment 

K..................................

53. ORDER OF COMMITMENT

[Sch. 1]

(On Composition Order)

In the Subordinate court (Class................) holden at .........................

No. of Composition Order ............................... No. of Judgment Summons.............................

No. of Order ..................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against....................................of..................................... debtor.

To   ....................................bailiff .........................and the gaoler at ...............................................

Whereas a Composition Order was made against the above-named debtor on the ..............day of........................for payment of his debts in full (or to the extent of.................in the K) by instalments of K..................every ...................;

And whereas the debtor has made default in the payment of K..............................payable in pursuance of the said order;

And whereas a summons was duly issued out of this court by which the debtor was required to appear personally at this court on the........... day of.............19 ............., to be examined on oath touching the means he had then or had had since the date of the order to satisfy the sum then due and payable in pursuance of the order, and to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for such default, which summons has been proved to this court to have been duly and personally served on the debtor;

And whereas at the hearing of the said summons it has not been proved to the satisfaction of the court that the debtor has not (or has not had) since the date of the order the means to pay the sum then due and payable in pursuance of the order;

And whereas the debtor has refused (or neglected) to pay the same and has shown no cause why he should not be committed to prison:

Now therefore it is ordered that, for such default as aforesaid, the debtor shall be committed to prison for days, unless he shall sooner pay the sum stated below as that upon the payment of which he is to be discharged.

These are therefore to require you, the said........................ , to take the debtor, and to deliver him to the gaoler of the prison and you the said gaoler to receive the debtor, and safely keep him in the said prison for .....................days from the arrest under this order, or until he shall sooner be discharged by due course of law.

<TS:2.625,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO,5.625,NM,NO>Issued at ................this..................day of......................19 .................................

................................

(Magistrate)

Amount remaining due under judgment (or order) at time of judgment summons 

K.............................. 

Fees and costs on issue and hearing of judgment summons 

K.............................. 

Deduct amount paid into court since issue of judgment summons 

K.............................. 

Fee on issue of this order 

K.............................. 

Sum on payment of which the debtor is to be discharged 

K..............................

 

54. NOTICE OF DIVIDEND

In the Subordinate court (Class............. ) holden at .........................

No. of Composition Order ................................................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against........................of...................debtor.

   (1) NOTICE OF PAYMENT OF PLAINTIFF’S COSTS

Take notice that a sum has been paid into court in this matter to pay your costs of action amounting to K.................

   (2)NOTICE OF DIVIDEND

Take notice that a sum has been paid into court in this matter to provide for the payment of a ..........dividend of................in the kwacha.

The amount of the dividend on the debt of K..................scheduled as due to you is.....................................

The above sum will be paid out to you on your applying for the same. It will be necessary for you to produce this notice.

A cheque for this amount is enclosed. Kindly acknowledge receipt to me.

<TS:2.625,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO>Dated this....................day of......................19 ..............................

.......................................

(Clerk of the court)

To ..................................

55. ORDER SUPERSEDING COMPOSITION ORDER

[Sch. 1]

In the Subordinate court (Class................) holden at ...........................

No. of Composition Order ...................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against....................of..................debtor.

Whereas the above-named debtor has under the said order paid into court a sum sufficient to pay each debt scheduled to the extent thereby provided and the costs of the plaintiff and of the administration of the said order:

It is ordered that such order be superseded and that the debtor be discharged from his debts scheduled under such order.

<TS:2.25,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO>This............................ day of..........................19 ................................

................................

(Magistrate)

56. ORDER ADDING DEBT TO SCHEDULE

In the Subordinate court (Class................ ) holden at .....................

Composition Order No.   .................................

The court having been informed that .........................of.......................claims to be scheduled as a creditor for K......................and on the court being informed that notice of the said claim has been forwarded under registered post in the prescribed form to the debtor, it is hereby ordered that this debt be added to the schedule of creditors.

<TS:2.3125,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO>This...................... day of.....................19 ................................

.............................

(Magistrate)

57. NOTICE TO DEBTOR TO ATTEND AND SHOW CAUSE WHY COMPOSITION ORDER SHOULD NOT BE RESCINDED

In the Subordinate court (Class................ ) holden at ........................

No. of Composition Order ...............................

In the matter of a Composition Order against ......................of...............................

Take notice that you are hereby required to attend personally in this court at........................on the ..................day of........................19................. at the hour of.....................in the noon, to show cause why the ................Composition Order made against you in this court on the day of................19 ................................should not be set aside or rescinded on the following grounds:

<TS:2.0625,NM,NO,3.6875,NM,NO>Dated this.....................day of........................19............................

.........................................

(Clerk of the court)

To ...................................

58. NOTICE TO DEBTOR AND OTHER COURTS OF RESCISSION OF COMPOSITION ORDER

In the Subordinate court (Class................. ) holden at ..............................

No. of Composition Order ........................................................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against...............................of................................

Take notice that by order dated ..........................day of...................19.....................the Composition Order made against (you) (the above-named debtor) in this court on the .....................day of..............19 ......................has been rescinded on the following grounds:

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO,4.125,NM,NO>Dated this.......................day of................19 ..............................

...................................

(Clerk of the court)

59. NOTICE OF INSTALMENTS DUE

(Composition Order)

In the Subordinate court (Class...................... ) holden at ...............................

No. of Composition Order .................................

debtor of..................(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) demand.

Take notice that you are in arrear with your instalments under the order made in this court on the day of..............19 .......................

Unless the sum of K   is paid on or before the ..................day of..........................19 ............or unless you forward a sworn statement of your reasons for not complying with the order on or before the above-mentioned date application will be made for the issue of a judgment summons, at the hearing of which the order may be rescinded.

Date ...............

....................................

(Clerk of the court)

60. CERTIFICATE THAT REQUEST HAS BEEN FILED

[Sch. 1]

In the Subordinate court (Class...............) holden at ............. In the matter of a request for a Composition Order against........... of.........., debtor.

I hereby certify that a request for a Composition Order against............of..........., under the provisions of section 53 of the Subordinate courts Act, has been filed in this court, and will be heard on the .............day of..............19 .............., and that a debt of K..................stated to be due to (here insert name, address and description of the creditor whose name the debtor wishes to be inserted) under a judgment (or an order) of the .........................................(here insert name of court in which the judgment or order was obtained) has been included by the said................in the list of debts owing by him.

<TS:2.8125,NM,NO,4.6875,NM,NO>Dated this.............day of.............19 ..........................

................................

(Clerk of the court)

61. NOTICE TO CREDITOR THAT HIS CLAIM IS NOT OBJECTED TO

In the Subordinate court (Class.............) holden at .................

No. of Composition Order .........................

In the matter of a Composition Order against .........................debtor.

Take notice, that the debtor has not given notice of his intention to dispute your claim, and that the same has been added to the schedule of debts proved.

Dated this.................day of..................19 .........................

....................................

(Clerk of the court)

To ........................

You must retain this notice and produce it when you come to the court Office to receive dividends or for any other purpose.

62. NOTICE OF HEARING OF OBJECTION TO CLAIM

In the Subordinate court (Class...............) holden at ....................

No. of Composition Order ................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against...........................debtor.

You (or the debtor) having given notice of your (or his) intention to dispute the claim of E.F. ........................of against you (or your claim against him).

<IN:LF:1,FI:-1>Take notice, that the objection will be heard at the court House at ..................on the ..............day of.................at the hour of.................................in the noon.

You should bring with you to the court on the day above mentioned any witnesses, books, etc., necessary to defeat (or prove) the claim.

....................................

(Clerk of the court)

To .......................

(the debtor) and

(the claimant).

63. ORDER SETTING ASIDE OR RESCINDING COMPOSITION ORDER

In the Subordinate court (Class..................) holden at ..........................

No. of Composition Order ...................................

In the matter of a Composition Order against.......................................debtor.

It is hereby ordered that the Composition Order made against the above-named debtor in this court on the day of.....................19 ................, be and the same is hereby set aside (or rescinded) on the following grounds:

(Here state grounds)................................................................................................................................................

<TS:2.375,NM,NO,4.25,NM,NO>Dated this...................day of................19 ..........................

...............................

(Magistrate)

64. ORDER RESCINDING COMPOSITION ORDER UNLESS DEBTOR PAYS INSTALMENTS IN ARREAR WITHIN A SPECIFIED TIME OR BY INSTALMENTS

[Sch. 1]

In the Subordinate court (Class..............) holden at .................

No. of Composition Order ...........................

In the matter of a Composition Order against........................debtor.

It is hereby ordered that the Composition Order made against the above-named debtor in this court on the day of.................. 19 ................., be rescinded without further notice to the debtor unless the sum of K....................... in payment of which the debtor has made default be paid on or before the .................day of...............19 ................(or by instalments of K ..............for every ............., the first of such instalments to be paid on the day of........19 ............).

<TS:3,NM,NO,4.4375,NM,NO>Dated this......................day of............19 .....................

.............................

(Magistrate)

65. CERTIFIED COPY OF PROCEEDINGS

[General Title]

I,........................... , Clerk of the court of..................., hereby certify and declare that the attached is a true copy of the proceedings in the above cause.

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO,3.875,NM,NO>Dated this...............day of.............19 ...........................

.........................................

(Clerk of the court)

66. THIRD-PARTY NOTICE

[General Title]

Between......................Plaintiff................and ..................Defendant and Third Party.

Take notice that this action has been brought by the plaintiff against the defendant for and that the defendant claims against you:

      (a)   that he is entitled to contribution from you to the extent of; or

      (b)   that he is entitled to be indemnified by you against liability in respect of; or

      (c)   that he is entitled to the following relief or remedy relating to or connected with the original subject-matter of the action, namely; or

      (d)   that the following question or issue relating to or connected with the subject-matter of the action should properly be determined between the plaintiff and the defendant and the third party, namely:

The grounds of the defendant’s claim are;

And take notice that if you dispute the plaintiff’s claim against the defendant or the defendant’s claim against you, you must within five days after the service of this notice upon you, inclusive of the day of service, deliver to the Clerk of the court by post or otherwise a defence, together with a copy thereof, and appear on the day fixed for the hearing of the action when the plaintiff’s claim against the defendant and the defendant’s claim against you will be heard and determined.

In default of your appearing on the day of hearing you will be deemed to admit—

      (i)   the plaintiff’s claim against you the defendant; and

      (ii)   the defendant’s claim against you; and

      (iii)   your liability to contribute to the extent claimed or indemnify the defendant; or

      (iv)   the defendant’s right to the relief or remedy claimed in paragraph (c) above; and

      (v)   the validity of any judgment in the action;

And you will be bound by the judgment in the action which may be enforced by execution against your goods.

67. NOTICE BY UNDER-SHERIFF TO EXECUTION CREDITOR OF CLAIM TO GOODS SEIZED

[Sch. 1]

[General Title]

To A.B.

Whereas on your suit a Writ of Fieri Facias in the above entitled cause was issued on the ...................day of.............19 .............., and whereas in accordance with the said Writ certain goods were seized and attached by me on the .............day of.............19 ......................

Take notice that a claim to such of the said goods as are mentioned in the schedule hereto has been made by.............of.........................

And take notice that, in accordance with order XLI, rule 53, of the Subordinate courts (Civil Jurisdiction) Rules, you are required to inform me in writing within five days of the delivery to you of this notice whether you admit or do not admit the said claim or any part thereof.

..................................

(Under-Sheriff)

68. REQUEST TO SEARCH JUDGMENTS REGISTER OR JUDGMENTS SECTION OF THE CIVIL CAUSES REGISTER (INDIVIDUAL SEARCH)

In the Subordinate court (Class................) of the.............................

To: The Clerk of the court.

I desire to make personal search in the Judgments Register\Judgments Section of the Civil Causes Register* at your office for the record of any entries against the following

<TS:7.4375,RT,DO>(state the names): ............................................................................................................................

<TS:7.4375,RT,DO>...................................................................................................................................

<TS:7.4375,RT,DO>...................................................................................................................................

<TS:7.4375,RT,DO>...................................................................................................................................

For the fees, I attach hereunder K......................................................

<TS:7.4375,RT,DO>(Signature)............................................................................................................................

<TS:7.4375,RT,DO>(Address)............................................................................................................................

<TS:7.4375,RT,DO>(Date)............................................................................................................................

[Am by GN 323 of 1960]

*Delete whichever is inapplicable

69. APPLICATION FOR PERMIT FOR GENERAL SEARCHES IN JUDGMENTS REGISTERS (AGAINST UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF NAMES)

[Sch. 1]

(Address and date)

To: The Registrar of the High Court,

P.O. Box RW,

Lusaka.

I/We hereby make application for the issue to me/us of...................................* permit(s) for the purpose of making general searches against any number of unspecified judgment debtors in the Judgments Registers of any Subordinate court in Zambia.

For the purpose I/we enclose herewith K...........................in payment of the fees therefor in respect of the year ending the 31st December, 19 ..............

I/We understand and agree that it is a condition of the grant of any permit hereby applied for that the Republic or any of its servants or agents will not in any event be liable for any misstatement whatsoever contained in any entry in any Register whether the same be due to negligence or not.

In addition I/we hereby agree to indemnify the Republic and any of its servants or agents against all actions resulting from the making of any entry in any Register or the publication thereof.

The above permit(s) should be made in favour of the following persons respectively, specimens of whose signatures are set out below:

†…………………………..

……………………………

……………………………

(Signed)………………………………………….

* State number required.

† State name or names.

Specimen signatures……………………………………………………..

……………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………

[Am by GN 323 of 1960]

70. PERMIT FOR GENERAL SEARCHES IN JUDGMENTS REGISTERS (AGAINST UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF NAMES)

High Court for Zambia,

Lusaka.

To: All Senior Clerks of court and

All Clerks of court.

This is to certify that

(a specimen of whose signature is affixed hereto) is for the year ending the 31st day of December, 19 ..............., hereby authorised to search for entries against any number of unspecified judgment debtors in the Judgments Register at any Subordinate court office in Zambia, the prescribed fees having been paid to me.

Dated at Lusaka the ..............day of.............19 .....................

(Registrar of the High Court)

NOTE.-This permit is issued subject to the conditions and to the right of indemnity contained, mentioned or referred to in the application made by   , and dated the.............day of............19 ..................., being an application for a permit for general searches to be made in the Judgments Registers of any Subordinate court office in Zambia.

Specimen signature………………………………………….

[Am by GN 323 of 1960]

71. CERTIFICATE OF CLERK OF SUBORDINATE COURT AS TO AMOUNT DUE AND UNPAID

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 4 (3)]

[General Title]

I hereby certify that the amount due and unpaid at the date of this certificate under*............

made on the day of.................., 19 ............................., by the †court of the (Senior) ‡Resident Magistrate

Subordinate court, Class ........

sitting at...............................

the payments whereunder are at present required to be made to me, is................................

Dated the .............day of............., 19 ...............

............................................

(Clerk of the court)

* Insert particulars of maintenance order.

† Delete whichever is inapplicable.

‡ Delete if inapplicable.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

72. CERTIFICATE OF CLERK OF SUBORDINATE COURT THAT NO PROCESS FOR ENFORCEMENT REMAINS IN FORCE

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 4 (4) (c)]

[General Title]

I hereby certify that at the date of this certificate no process remains in force for the enforcement of*...........made on the day of........., 19 ........, by the †court of the (Senior) ‡Resident Magistrate

<IN:LF:0.8125,FI:0.0625><TS:0.197222,NM,NO,0.39375,NM,NO,0.590278,NM,NO,0.786806,NM,NO,0.984028,NM,NO,1.18125,NM,NO,1.37778,NM,NO,1.575,NM,NO,2,NM,NO>Subordinate court, Class ........

sitting at........................................

the payments whereunder are at present required to be made to me.

Dated the .............day of............, 19 .............

........................................

(Clerk of the court)

* Insert particulars of maintenance order.

† Delete whichever is inapplicable.

‡ Delete if inapplicable.

[Am by GN 323 of 1960]

73. CERTIFICATE OF CLERK OF A MAGISTRATE’S COURT THAT NO PROCESS FOR ENFORCEMENT REMAINS IN
FORCE AND NO PROCEEDINGS FOR VARIATION ARE PENDING

[Sch. 1]

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 7(4)(c)]

[General Title]

I hereby certify that at the date of this certificate no process remains in force for the enforcement and no proceedings are pending in a Magistrate’s court for the variation of*..........................

made on the day of............, 19 ............, by the High Court (at the District Registry)† the payments whereunder are at present required to be made through me.

Dated the ............day of............, 19 ...................

........................................

(Clerk of the court)

* Insert particulars of maintenance order.

† Delete if inapplicable.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

74. DECLARATION AS TO THE AMOUNT DUE AND UNPAID

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 4(3)]

<TS:2.375,NM,NO>[General Title]

<TS:1.9375,NM,NO>I. *..................., of......................., do solemnly and sincerely declare that the amount due and unpaid at the date of this declaration under †....................made on the day of.........., 19 .............., †court of the (Senior) ‡Resident Magistrate

Subordinate court, Class ........

sitting at........................................

whereunder I am entitled to receive payments, is.................

And I make this solemn declaration, conscientiously believing the same to be true by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act, 1835, of the United Kingdom.

............................

(Signed)

<TS:2.5,NM,NO,3.875,NM,NO,6.3125,NM,NO>Declared at ..............., the ...........day of..........., 19 ......................,

<TS:2.5,NM,NO,3.875,NM,NO,6.3125,NM,NO>before me,................................

................................................

(Commissioner for Oaths)

(or other description)

* Full names.

† Insert particulars of maintenance order.

‡ Delete whichever is inapplicable.

§ Delete if inapplicable.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

75. DECLARATION THAT NO PROCESS FOR ENFORCEMENT REMAINS IN FORCE

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 4 (3)]

[General Title]

I, *   ........................., of....................., do solemnly and sincerely declare that at the date of this declaration no process remains in force for the enforcement of..................made on the day of†..........., 19 ..........., by the †court of the (Senior) §Resident Magistrate

Subordinate court, Class ........

sitting at.........................................

whereunder I am entitled to receive payments.

And I make this solemn declaration, conscientiously believing the same to be true by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act, 1835, of the United Kingdom.

..............................

(Signed)

Declared at ............., the .............day of............, 19 .............,

before me,.....................................

...........................................

(Commissioner for Oaths)

(or other description)

* Full names.

† Insert particulars of maintenance order.

‡ Delete whichever is inapplicable.

§ Delete if inapplicable.

 

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

76. DECLARATION THAT NO PROCESS FOR ENFORCEMENT REMAINS IN FORCE AND NO PROCEEDINGS FOR VARIATION ARE PENDING

[Sch. 1]

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 7(4)(c)]

[General Title]

I, *..........., of....................., do solemnly and sincerely declare that at the date of this declaration no process remains in force for the enforcement and no proceedings are pending in a Magistrates’ court for the variation of†.............. made on the ...........day of............., 19.............. , by the High Court (at the District Registry)‡ whereunder I am entitled to receive payments.

And I make this solemn declaration, conscientiously believing the same to be true by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act, 1835, of the United Kingdom.

......................................

(Signed)

Declared at .........., the ............day of............, 19..................,

before me,...............

.............................................

(Commissioner for Oaths)

(or other description)

* Full names.

† Insert particulars of maintenance order.

‡ Delete if inapplicable.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

77. CERTIFICATE OF CLERK OF SUBORDINATE COURT THAT COPY OF MAINTENANCE ORDER IS A TRUE COPY SENT FOR REGISTRATION

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 4(4)(c)]

[General Title]

I hereby certify that this is a true copy of*.................and that it is sent to the Registrar/District Registrar† of the High Court at............ , in accordance with the provisions of section 4 (4) (c) of the Maintenance Orders Act and of order XXXVII, rule 4, of the Subordinate courts (Civil Jurisdiction) Rules.

<TS:2.5,NM,NO,4.5625,NM,NO>Dated the ................day of............, 19 ................

.....................................

(Clerk of the court)

* Insert particulars of maintenance order.

† Delete whichever is inapplicable.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

78. NOTICE THAT PAYMENTS HAVE BECOME PAYABLE THROUGH THE CLERK OF A MAGISTRATE’S COURT

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 4 (7)]

[General Title]

To* ...........of............................

You are hereby given notice that the sums payable by you under†............made on the ......................day of................................., 19 .........., by the High Court (at the ..............District Registry)‡ and registered in this court under Part II of the Maintenance Orders Act, have under an order of the court dated the day of............, 19 .........., become payable through (me)¤ Section (the clerk of the (Senior)‡ Resident Magistrate’s court, at    ......................)§.

Payments under the order (including payments in respect of any sums due at the date of the receipt by you of this notice) should henceforth be sent to the clerk of the (Senior)‡ Resident Magistrate’s court at ||..................

Dated the ............day of............., 19 ................

....................................

(Clerk of the court)

* Insert full names of defendant.

† Insert particulars of maintenance order.

‡ Delete if inapplicable.

§ Delete whichever is inapplicable.

|| State address.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

79. NOTICE THAT PAYMENTS UNDER A SUBORDINATE COURT ORDER HAVE CEASED TO BE PAYABLE THROUGH THE CLERK OF A SUBORDINATE COURT

[Sch. 1]

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 4(6)]

[General Title]

<TS:2.4375,NM,NO>To* .................of....................

You are hereby given notice that the sums payable by you under†.................made on the ..............day of 19 ..............., by this court have by reason of the registration of the said order in the High Court (at the................District Registry)‡ ceased to be payable to §......................

Payments under the order (including payments in respect of any sums due at the date of the receipt by you of this notice) should henceforth be paid to ||....................................

<TS:2.5,NM,NO,4.5,NM,NO>Dated the .............day of..................., 19 ............................

..........................................

(Clerk of the court)

* Insert full names of defendant.

† Insert particulars of maintenance order.

‡ Delete if inapplicable.

§ State clerk of Subordinate court to whom payments have hitherto been required to be made.

|| State name and address of the person entitled to payments under the order.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

80. NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION OF A HIGH COURT ORDER

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 7 (5)]

[General Title]

<TS:2.5,NM,NO>To* ..............of.....................................

You are hereby given notice that the registration in this court under Part II of the Maintenance Orders Act of †......................

made on the .............day of.........., 19 ............, by the High Court (at theDistrict Registry)‡ ........................has been cancelled.

Sums payable by you under the said order have by reason of the cancellation of the registration of the said order ceased to be payable through §......................................

Payments under the order (including payments in respect of any sums due on the date of the receipt by you of this notice) should henceforth be paid to ||................................

<TS:2.1875,NM,NO,3.9375,NM,NO>Dated the ....................day of........................, 19 .....................

.....................................

(Clerk of the court)

* State full names of defendant.

† Insert particulars of maintenance order.

‡ Delete if inapplicable.

§ State clerk of Magistrate’s court through whom payments have hitherto been required to be made.

|| State name and address of person entitled to payments under the order.

[Am by GN 323 of 1960]

81. ORDER REMITTING TO THE ORIGINAL COURT APPLICATION FOR VARIATION OF REGISTERED MAINTENANCE ORDER

[Sch. 1]

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 6(4)]

[General Title]

<TS:5,NM,NO>Complaint has been made by *................................of..............................(hereinafter called the complainant)

who states that by †..........................made on the .....................................day of..............., 19.............., by the High Court (at the District Registry)‡............ and registered on the day of............, 19 ............, in the Magistrate’s court sitting at .............., § (hereinafter called the defendant) was ordered ||................... :

And the complainant has applied for the said order to be varied by an order requiring on the ground that

(And the said complaint has been sent to the Clerk of this court in pursuance of rule 34 of the Magistrates’ Courts Rules, 1952, of the United Kingdom).‡..................

It appearing to this court that it is appropriate to remit the application to the High Court (at the District Registry)‡ , it is ordered that the application be so remitted.

<TS:3,NM,NO,5.4375,NM,NO>Dated the ..................day of.................., 19 ......................

..............................

(Magistrate)

* Insert full names.

† Insert particulars of maintenance order.

‡ Delete if inapplicable.

§ Insert full names of defendant.

|| State shortly terms of original order, and mention any subsequent order and effect thereof.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

82. ENDORSEMENT THAT NO ARREARS REMAIN TO BE RECOVERED

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 7(3)]

[General Title]

Whereas it appeared to this court this day on discharging *......................that no arrears remain to be recovered thereunder, notice is hereby given under section 7 (3) of the Maintenance Orders Act.

<TS:2.8125,NM,NO,5.625,NM,NO>Dated the ...................day of.............., 19 ......................

........................................

(Clerk of the court)

* Insert particulars of maintenance order.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

83. ATTACHMENT OF EARNINGS ORDER

[Maintenance Orders Act, sections 8 and 9]

[General Title]

To *..................of.....................

of............, aged ...............years, who is employed by.............and who works at............ as.............a ...............(hereinafter called the defendant) is under a maintenance order made on the day of............., 19 ............, by the ‡............required to make payments of...............a week/month § to ||.......................................

And on the complaint of .............................of......................., a person entitled to receive the said payments, it appears that at the time the complaint was made there was due under the order and unpaid an amount equal to not less than four weekly payments required by the order (or if the maintenance order is not for weekly payments, not less than two of the payments required by the order) and that earnings fall to be paid by you to the defendant.

It is hereby ordered that out of those earnings you shall make payments in accordance with the Schedule to the Maintenance Orders Act to the clerk of‡................................for transmission to ||........................of.............., a person entitled to receive payments under the maintenance order.

And it is further ordered that for the purpose of calculating the said payments the normal deduction rate shall be .....................a week/month § and the protected earnings rate shall bea week/month §...............

<TS:2.6875,NM,NO,5.1875,NM,NO>Dated the ...................day of................, 19 ......................

...............................

(Magistrate)

* Insert full names of employer.

† Insert full names of defendant.

‡ Insert name of court.

§ Delete whichever inapplicable.

|| Insert full names of person to whom payments ordered to be made.

¶ Insert full names of complainant.

NOTE-(1) This order does not come into force until the expiration of seven days from the date when a copy is served on the person to whom it is directed.

   (2) Any queries arising in connection with this order should be directed to the clerk of the court for the above-mentioned court.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

84. NOTICE THAT DEFENDANT IS NOT EMPLOYED BY PERSON TO WHOM AN ATTACHMENT OF EARNINGS ORDER IS DIRECTED

[Sch. 1]

[Maintenance Orders Act, section 12(4)]

[General Title]

<TS:1.9375,NM,NO>To *...............................

An attachment of earnings order made by the court on the day of..............., 19 ................relating to earnings falling to be paid to †..........of...................(hereinafter called the defendant), was directed to, and served on me ‡:

I give notice that on no occasion during the period of four weeks immediately preceding the day of............, 19 ................. have I been the defendant’s employer, that is to say, a person by whom as a principal and not as a servant or agent earnings within the meaning of the Maintenance Orders Act fell to be paid to the defendant.

<TS:2.75,NM,NO,5.75,NM,NO>Dated the ............day of..................19 ......................

...................................

(Signed)

* Insert appropriate court.

† Insert name of defendant.

‡ Insert name of person to whom the attachment of earnings order was directed.

[Am by SI 247 of 1961]

SECOND SCHEDULE

[Second Sch subs by rule 2 of SI 87 of 1997.]

[RULE 5]

PART I

FEES

SUMMONS, MOTIONS, ETC.

 

 

First Column 

Second Column 

Third Column 

No. 

Item 

Fee units 

Document to be receipted 

1. 

On-(i) any claim not exceeding K6,000,000 

139 

The filed copy 

2. 

On a counter-claim (including hearing fee) 

111 

The filed copy 

3. 

On issue of a judgment summons (including hearing fee and actual committal, if any) 

83 

The filed copy Document to be Stamped 

4. 

On entering garnishee proceedings (including hearing fee and entering and issuing judgment or order given or made thereon) 

111 

The filed copy 

5. 

On application for relief by way of interpleader otherwise than under execution (including hearing entering and issuing judgment or order given or made thereon) 

111 

The filed copy 

6. 

On application to review order under judgment summons 

28 

The filed copy 

7. 

On sealing warrants, commission in examining witness or other documents 

28 

The filed copy 

8. 

On interrogatories-every set 

28 

The filed copy 

9. 

On interrogatories-every set of answers to 

19 

The filed copy 

10. 

On every summons to witness 

19 

The filed copy 

11. 

On every affidavit filed or deposition used at trial 

17 

The filed copy 

12. 

On issuing every order not otherwise provided for 

22 

The filed copy 

13. 

On certifying a copy of a document as an office copy 

11 

The filed copy 

14. 

On copies of proceedings per page or part thereof 

56 

The filed copy 

15. 

On taxation of costs 

For every 56 or portion of 56 allowed 11 

The bill 

 

Maximum 

417 

 

16. 

On warrant for prisoners to give evidence 

22 

The filed copy 

17. 

On every writ of execution 

44 

The filed copy 

18. 

On order of reference under O.XIX 

44 

The filed copy 

19. 

Per page of transcript of record 

 

20. 

On filing notice of change of advocate 

22 

The filed copy 

21. 

On commission to take evidence 

44 

The Commission 

22. 

On an examination of a witness before the court or an officer of the court 

 

 

 

For each hour or part thereof 

44 

The order 

23. 

An application (including registration) to register a Judgment when no fee provided by the Act providing for registration 

44 

The certificate 

24. 

On personal individual search in a Judgment Register or in the Judgment Section of a Civil Causes Register: 

 

 

 

For every name 

11 

The search 

25. 

On personal general searchers in the Judgments Register or an unspecified number of names in any one calendar year, in any court office 

556 for a year or part thereof (in cash payable to the Registrar of the High Court) 

PART II

[Sch. 2]

APPEALS

(Including Appeals from local courts)

(These fees are payable in cash)

 

Fee units 

1. 

On notice of intention to appeal or application for leave to appeal 

44 

2. 

On leave being granted 

44

PART III

Fees, etc. on Execution and on service

(The fees are payable in cash)

Fee units

1. For an arrest by Sherrif’s Officer 

83 

2. For seizure by Sherrif’s Officer 

83 

3. For travelling allowances to effect arrest or seizure per Km 

17 

4. For man or, when necessary, man in possession, the sum actually and reasonably paid. 

 

5. For removal of goods or animals to a place of safekeeping when necessary and for warehousing or taking charge of same when removed, the sum actually and reasonably paid. 

 

6. For advertising and giving publicity to the printing catalogues, bills and notices and distributing and posting same, the sum actually and reasonably paid. 

 

7. On sale under writ or warrant, 5 per centum of the amount realised or of the amount due under the writ or warrant, whichever is the less. 

 

8. For commission to the auctioneer on sale to include inventory and valuation, compiling catalogue and preparing for sale, 10 per centum 

 

of the amount realised or of the amount due under the writ or warrant whichever is the less. 

 

9. Where execution is withdrawn, satisfied or stopped after seizures but before sale 2.5 per centum of the amount due under the writ or warrant. 

 

10. For commission to the auctioneer where execution is withdrawn, satisfied or stopped after he has been instructed to sell, to include inventory, valuation compiling catalogue and preparing for sale, 5 per centum of the amount due under the writ or warrant. 

 

11. For commission on obtaining possession under writ of possession, 2.5 per centum of gross rateable value 

 

12. Fee for service of a summons, order, writ or other process of the court by a bailiff or court messenger: 

 

   (1)   not more than three kilometres from the office of the bailiff or messenger, as the case may be 

44 

   (2)   more than three kilometres from such office 

44 

      (a)   fee 

44 

      (b)   and actual out-of-pocket expenses (other than subsistence) to be receipted. 

44 

   (3)   In any case where- 

 

      (a)   a court has directed that service shall be affected by register letter or advertisement, the provisions herein as to fees, expenses and allowances shall not apply; the cost of the advertisement shall be allowed to the party paying for same; 

 

      (b)   it is apparent that a bailiff or messenger cannot reasonably be expected to effect service and return to his office within a period of twelve hours, the party on whose behalf service is to be effected shall first apply to the court for direction as to the manner in which service is to be called out. 

NOTE: The person at whose instance the above action is instigated shall be liable in the first place for all the above items, subject to any right of recovery against the person in respect of whom they are issued.

 

THIRD SCHEDULE

[Third Sch subs by rule 2 of SI 87 of 1997.]

[o.1, r.12]

WITNESS’ ALLOWANCES

   (1) The allowance for witnesses shall be as follows:

Class of person 

Minimum payable per day K 

Maximum payable per day K 

Professional persons, owners, directors or managers of business and expert witness 

3,800 

7,500 

Clerks, artisans and others 

2,300 

5,300

[Am by SI 87 of 1997.]

FOURTH SCHEDULE

[Fourth Sch subs by rule 2 of SI 22 of 2001.]

(0.1.r. 13)

PART I

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>SCALE OF LEGAL PRACTITIONER’S COSTS

 

Scale Head 

Applicable part of Schedule 

Summons, etc 

 

1. Preparing, filing and serving Writ of Summons, Admission, Defence or Counter Claim, including all Particulars annexed or judgement Summons……………………….. 

II 

2. Preparation, filing and serving request for further particulars of counter-claim.……………………… 

III 

3. Preparing filing and serving further and better particulars……………………………………….... 

III 

4. Preparing, filing and serving Subpoena…………………………………………. Notices: 

III 

5. Preparing notice to produce or admit facts……………………………………………….. 

III 

6. Preparing, filing and serving motion paper or any other notice………………………. 

III 

7. Preparing, filing and serving notice of discontinuance………………………………. 

III 

8. Preparing notice of appointment to fax costs………………………………………………. Instructions 

III 

9. To set or defend in any proceedings. ……………………........ 

II 

10. Request for interrogatories…………………….…………......... 

III 

11. For affidavit…………………………………... 

III 

12. For any interlocutory application……………..………………... 

II 

13. Preparing for trial…………………………….. 

II 

14. For proof of each witness……………………… 

II 

15. To admit facts or to answer interrogatories…………………………………. 

III 

16.For any pleading…………………………. Drawing 

II 

17. Admission of facts…………………………….. 

II 

18. Interrogatories or answers thereto…………….. 

III 

19. Affidavit………………………………………. 

II 

20. Any pleadings…………………………………. 

II 

21. Accounts, statements and other documents when required by Court or party…………………………………………… 

III 

22. Any order required by the Court to be drawn………………………………………….. 

II 

23. Bill of costs for taxation………………………. 

III 

24. Writ of Fieri Facias……………………………. 

III 

25. Any other document………………………….. Attendances 

III 

26. Formal to enter Summons, Judgement Summons or Motions or to file Counter-Claim further particulars, Answer to interrogatories, admission of facts, affidavit of documents, particulars of claim in inter-pleader proceedings or bespeak copies………………... 

II 

27. On adverse party or his advocate…………….. 

III 

28. Issue of subpoenas or to discontinue action………………………………………… 

III 

29. Apply for costs on receiving notice of discontinuance…………………………….… 

II 

30. Inspect documents or produce same for inspection……………………………………. 

III 

31. Obtain or give any necessary consent or admission or to swear an affidavit.………… 

II 

32. On hearing Summons, Motion or any interlocutory application or of dependant’s adjourned application for time, for payment of judgement debt…………………… 

II 

33. On trial 

III 

(a) When case adjourned or partly heard……………………………………………………. 

II 

(b) When judgement given in default without evidence……….………………………………. 

III 

(c) In any other case…………………………... 

III 

34. To hear or collect reserved judgement………... 

II 

35. To obtain appointment for taxation………….... 

III 

36. To tax bill of costs……………………………. 

III 

37. To issue Writ of Fieri Facias…………………. 

A fee equivalent to one half of the fee prescribed in Part II hereof. 

38.1 Travelling to Court or attending upon any other authority or public office or to inspect property or scene relevant to the matter……………………………………. 

II 

38.2 Waiting to attend before the Magistrate, Clerk of Court or Court Bailiff etc. or to uplift documents. 

II 

39. Other attendance upon the magistrate or clerk of court or upon opposite party, or upon sheriff, bailiff, court messenger in inter-pleader proceedings, not otherwise provided for, or where in consequence of anything done by the opposite party during the progress of the action or matter, it becomes necessary to advise or to receive instructions from client for each attendance……………………………………. 

II 

40. Letter before action………………………….. 

III 

41. Letter in lieu of attendance which could be allowed under item 40…….………. 

III 

42. Perusing any necessary document per page or part thereof……………………… 

III 

43. Inclusive if sum to cover instuctions for summons, instructions for affidavit, drawing affidavit and fair copy attending swearing, preparing summons and fair copy and attending to issue summons……………………………… 

III 

44. For attending to apply for payment out of money paid into Court or to obtain judgement or order against where Garnishee does not dispute the dept and Judgement debtor does not oppose…………….. 

III 

NOTE: Any step or attendance not specifically provided for by item 43 and 44 shall be according to the general scale set out in this part. 

 

Travelling Allowances 

K150,000 

45. For every day or portion of a day during which a practitioner is necessary engaged in travelling from place of business within Zambia to the place of trial and returning therefrom and for every day which, a practitioner is necessarily detained at the place of trial, prior to or subsequent to the trial, subject to a maximum of ten hours for any single journey (one way)………………………….. 

 

Travelling Expenses 

 

46. Journey necessarily under-taken, an allowance for the time necessarily occupied on the journey and, in the case of a journey for which, an advocate is necessarily detained at the place of trial…………………………. 

 

NOTE: Disbursements for transport expenses are also to be allowed and for normal out-of-pocket expenses for subsistence, etc. If travel is by personal motor vehicle, the practitioner shall be entitled to reasonable amounts expended on fuel. 

 

48. Responsibilty and Skill 

 

 

 

Subject to Order XXXIX Rule 7 of the Principal Rules, where there are special reasons, a practitioner shall be entitled to charge such fee as may be reasonable having regard to the skill labour and responsibility involved, in addition to the other fees chargeable under this scale, with a minimum of 

 

PART II

<TS:2.25,NM,NO> 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>A fee not exceeding (per hour or proportionately for any part thereof) 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>49. A practitioner of less than five years standing and experience or Legal Executive . 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K50,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>50. A practitioner of more than five years but of not more than ten years standing and experience. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K70,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>51. A practitioner of more than ten years but of not more than fifteen years standing and experience. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K90,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>52. A practitioner of fifteen or more years standing and experience. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K110,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>53. State Counsel. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K135,000

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>

PART III

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>

<TS:2.25,NM,NO> 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>A fee not exceeding (per hour or proportionately for any part thereof) 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>39. A practitioner of less than five years standing. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K30,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>40. A practitioner of more than five years

<TS:2.25,NM,NO> standing and experience. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K50,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>41. A practitioner of more than ten years but of not more than fifteen years standing and experience. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K70,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>42. A practitioner of fifteen or more years standing and experience. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K90,000 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>43. State Cousel. 

<TS:2.25,NM,NO>K120,000