Supreme Court Civil Procedure Amendment Bill 2018 - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy, and we are seeking your input on the Supreme Court Civil Procedure Amendment Bill 2018.

The Bill proposes amendments to the Supreme Court Civil Procedure Act 1932 to address a number of anomalies and deficiencies identified by the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

The amendments will:

  • address anomalies in the Act that prevent judges from making and amending rules in relation to the admiralty jurisdiction of the Supreme Court;
  • provide a general and unrestricted power for judges to award pre-judgement interest in actions for the recovery of money or damages;
  • provide for representative proceedings (class actions) in Tasmania; and
  • provide new powers for an Associate Judge to deal with applications in relation to pending appeals.

How to make a submission

We must receive all written submissions by 5pm on Thursday 27 September 2018.

You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.


You can make your submission online by uploading it.

your can upload only docx, doc or pdf and not larger than 10 MB


Email your submission to


Mail your submission to

Dept of Justice
Office of the Secretary
GPO Box 825
Hobart tas 7001

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website.

Submissions will be published once the Government’s consideration of submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, please read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Important information to note

  1. Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
  2. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.
  3. If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
  4. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  5. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.

Next steps

  1. Submissions received on the Terms of Reference will inform preparation of the Interim report which will be provided to the Government by the end of 2018.
  2. Further targeted and public consultation on the Interim Report.
  3. Final Report by mid-2019.
  4. The Government will then progress any legislative reforms to address recommendations arising from the Review.