|282B||Title:||EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION (RULES OF COURT) RULES||Gazette Number:|
|Rule:||17||Heading:||Procedure after lodging application||Version Date:||30/06/1997|
(1) As soon as an application, together with the accompanying particulars and statements required by rule 16, has been lodged, the registrar of the court shall cause a copy thereof to be served upon the respondent together with a notice in Form 4 in the Schedule informing the respondent that he must lodge with the registrar of the court such an answer as set out in paragraph (2) within the period therein stated, and that in default of his complying with that paragraph or of his appearing at a time and place fixed in the notice, such order may be made as the court deems just and expedient. Save with the written consent of the respondent communicated to the registrar of the court, not less than 1 month shall elapse between the date of the service of the notice upon the respondent and the date fixed for hearing the application.
(2) If the respondent intends to oppose an application he shall, within 21 days after service of the notice, or within such extended period as the court may upon special request allow, lodge with the registrar a written answer in Form 5 in the Schedule containing a concise statement of the extent and grounds of his opposition.
(3) The court may, at any time before the determination of the question in dispute and upon such terms as to adjournment or as to costs as may be deemed just, allow an application, or any particulars or statement accompanying the same, or any answer thereto, to be amended. Any such amendment shall be lodged with the registrar of the court who shall forthwith cause it to be served upon the opposite party.