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Order: 12

Renewal of civil bill : S.I. No. 221 of 2019

1. (1) No Civil Bill shall be in force for more than twelve months from the day of the date thereof, including the day of such date; but if any defendant therein named shall not have been served therewith, the plaintiff may apply before the expiration of twelve months to the County Registrar for the County in which the Civil Bill was issued for leave to renew the Civil Bill.

(2) The County Registrar on an application made under sub-rule (1), if satisfied that reasonable efforts have been made to serve such defendant, or for other good reason, may order that the Civil Bill be renewed for three months from the date of such renewal inclusive.

(3) After the expiration of twelve months, and notwithstanding that an order may have been made under sub-rule (2), an application to extend time for leave to renew the Civil Bill shall be made to the Court.

(4) The Court on an application under sub-rule (3) may order a renewal of the Civil Bill for three months from the date of such renewal inclusive where satisfied that there are special circumstances which justify an extension, such circumstances to be stated in the order.

(5) The Civil Bill shall, where an order of renewal has been made, be renewed by being stamped with the date of the day, month and year of such renewal; such stamp to be provided and kept for that purpose in the appropriate Office and to be impressed upon the Civil Bill by the proper officer, upon delivery to him by the plaintiff or his solicitor of a memorandum in the Form 25; and a Civil Bill or other originating document so renewed shall remain in force and be available to prevent the operation of any statute whereby a time for the commencement of the action may be limited and for all other purposes from the date of the issuing of the Civil Bill.

2. In any case where a Civil Bill has been renewed on an ex parte application, any defendant shall be at liberty before entering an appearance to serve notice of motion to set aside such order.

3. The production of a Civil Bill purporting to be marked with a stamp showing the same to have been renewed in the manner aforesaid, shall be evidence of its having been so renewed and of the commencement of the action as of the first date of such Civil Bill for all purposes.

4. Where a Civil Bill of which the production is necessary, has been destroyed or lost the Court upon being satisfied of the destruction or loss, and of the correctness of a copy thereof, may order that such copy shall be sealed and served in lieu of the original Civil Bill or other originating document.