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Part 11 - Trial and Hearing

Rule 47 - Place of Trial or Hearing

Scope of Rule 47
47.01   A party may select the place for the trial of an action, or the hearing of an application or proceeding for judicial review, or request a change in the place of the trial or hearing, in accordance with this Rule, unless legislation such as the Land Actions Venue Act provides otherwise.
       
Application of Rule 47
47.02 (1) This Rule applies to proceedings other than proceedings in the Family Division.
  (2) Rule 59 - Family Division Rules, and Rule 60A - Child and Adult Protection, provide for the place in which a Family Division proceeding is heard.
       
Selecting place of trial or hearing
47.03 (1) A party who starts a proceeding, or makes a motion, must select one of the following places for the trial or hearing:
   
(a)
a courthouse where there is an office of a prothonotary;
   
(b)
another courthouse approved by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for sittings of the court.
  (2) The party must state the selected place of trial or hearing in the notice by which the proceeding is started, or the motion is made.
  (3) A notice of application in court, a notice for judicial review, or a notice of appeal may state one place for the motion for directions and another place for the hearing of the application, judicial review, or appeal.
       
Changing place of trial or hearing
47.04 (1) A party may make a motion to change the place of trial or hearing.
  (2) The judge presiding at a trial or hearing may direct that the trial or hearing, or part of it, be held at any place and in any suitable building.
  (3) Rule 25 - Motion by Appointment provides for a motion that may be made by teleconference.
       
Adjourning place of trial or hearing
47.05   The presiding judge may adjourn a trial or hearing to any place.
       

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