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Reopening of entered orders September 25, 2019

[54] Rule 36.16(3A) was introduced following the change to the procedure for the entering of orders whereby orders will be entered by the court itself on its computerised record. The rule provides a limited opportunity to ameliorate the principle that subject to only limited qualifications an order that finally disposes of proceedings, once entered, cannot be reopened (Bailey v Marinoff (1971) 125 CLR 529 at 530; [1971] HCA 49; Gamser v Nominal Defendant (1977) 136 CLR 145 at 154; [1977] HCA 7; DJL v Central Authority (2000) 201 CLR 226 at 245; [2000] HCA 17; Burrell v R (2008) 238 CLR 218 at 223-224; [2008] HCA 34; D’Orta-Ekenaike v Victoria Legal Aid (2005) 223 CLR 1; [2005] HCA 12 at 17 [34]; Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Meredith (No 2) (2008) 75 NSWLR 462; [2008] NSWCA 133 at 466 [15]). In Malouf v Prince (No 2) [2010] NSWCA 51 the Court of Appeal said (at [11]):

“[11]   The 14-day window afforded by UCPR 36.16(3A) creates an exception to the principle that ordinarily a court has no power to set aside a final judgment after it has been entered: Rockcote Enterprises Pty Ltd v FS Architects Pty Ltd (No 2)Carelli v FS Architects Pty Ltd (No 2) [2008] NSWCA 205 (at [8]) per Campbell JA (McColl JA and Handley AJA agreeing) (Special Leave Refused: FS Architects Pty Ltd v Rockcote Enterprises Pty LtdFS Architects Pty Ltd v Carelli [2009] HCASL 52); see also Bennette v Cohen (No 2) [2009] NSWCA 162 per Tobias JA (at [9]) (Ipp and Campbell JJA agreeing); Deputy Cmr of Taxation v Meredith (No 2) [2008] NSWCA 133 (at [6]–[7]) per Basten JA (Ipp JA agreeing).”

Boateng v Dharamdas [2019] NSWCA 233

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