By Circular No. 3 of 2009 I gave you notice of amendment rules in response to Australia’s proposed accession to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, 1965 (the Hague Service Convention). My information then was that the Hague Service Convention would enter into force in September of 2009, triggering commencement of the above-named rules.
I am now informed that the Hague Service Convention will enter into force on 1 November 2010 and thus the above-named rules will also commence on that day. These rules provide for new processes and forms for the service of out-going process to Hague Service Convention countries and for the service of in-coming process from a Hague Service Convention country. They appear at part 38A of the Supreme Court Rules 2000 and forms 83A and 83B of the Supreme Court (Forms) Rules 2000 and replicate model rules created by the national court rules harmonisation committee.
A list of the signatories to the Hague Service Convention can be found at http://hcch.e-vision.nl/index_en.php?act=conventions.status&cid=17
E A Knight