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or question to or respecting property or some civil right amounting to or the value of £500 or upwards; and
(2) At the discretion of the Supreme Court, from any other judgment of the Supreme Court, whether final or interlocutory, if, in the opinion of the Supreme Court, the question involved in the Appeal is one which, by reason of its great general or public importance or otherwise, ought to be submitted to His Majesty in Council for decision.
20. Applications to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal shall be made by motion within fifteen days from the date of the judgment to be appealed from, and, unless the application is made in Court at the time when such judgment is given, the applicant shall give the opposite party notice of his intended application.
21. Leave to appeal under article 13 shall only be granted by the Supreme Court in the first instance
(a) Upon condition of the appellant, within two months from the date of the hearing of the application for leave to appeal, giving security, to the satisfaction of the Court, to an amount not exceeding £500, for the due prosecution of the Appeal, and for the payment of all such costs as may become payable to the respondent in the event of the appellant's not obtaining an order granting him final leave to appeal, or of the Appeal being dismissed for non-prosecution, or of His Majesty in Council ordering the appellant to pay the respondent's costs of the Appeal (as the case may be); and
(b) Upon such other conditions (if any) as to the time or times within which the appellant shall take the necessary steps for the purpose of procuring the preparation of the Record and the dispatch thereof to England as the Court, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, may think it reasonable to impose.
22. Where the judgment appealed from requires the appellant to pay money or perform a duty, the Supreme Court shall have power, when granting leave to appeal, either to direct that the said judgment shall be carried into execution or that the execution thereof shall be suspended pending the Appeal, as to the Court shall seem just, and in case the Court shall direct the said judgment to be carried into execution, the person in whose favour it was given shall, before the execution thereof, enter into good and sufficient security, to the satisfaction of the Court, for the due performance of such Order as His Majesty in Council shall think fit to make thereon.
23. The preparation of the Record shall be subject to the supervision of the Supreme Court, and the parties may submit any disputed question arising in connection therewith to the decision of the Court, and the Court shall give such directions thereon as the justice of the case may require.
24. The Registrar, as well as the parties and their legal agents, shall endeavour to exclude from the Record all documents (more particularly such as are merely formal) which are not relevant to the subject-matter of the Appeal, and, generally, to reduce the bulk of the Record as far as practicable, taking special care to avoid the duplication of documents and the unnecessary repetition of headings and other merely formal parts of documents; but the documents omitted to be copied or printed shall be enumerated in a list to be placed after the index or at the end of the Record.
25. Where in the course of the preparation of a Record one party objects to the inclusion of a document on the ground that it is unnecessary or irrelevant, and the other party nevertheless insists upon its being included, the Record, as finally printed, shall, with a view to the subsequent adjustment of the costs of and incidental to such document, indicate in the index papers, or otherwise, the fact that, and the party by whom, the inclusion of the document was objected to.
26. The Record shall be printed in accordance with the rules in the Schedule to this Order, and may be printed either locally or in England.
27. Where the Record is printed locally the Registrar shall, at the expense of the appellant, transmit to the Registrar of the Privy Council forty copies of such Record, one of which copies he shall certify to be correct by signing his name on, o" initialling, every eighth page thereof, and by affixing thereto the seal of the Supreme Court.
28. Where the Record is to be printed in England, the Registrar shall, at the expense of the appellant, transmit to the Registrar of the Privy Council one certified copy of such Record, together with an index of all the papers and exhibits in the case. No other certified copies of the Record shall be transmitted to the agents in England by or on behalf of the parties to the Appeal.
29. Where part of the Record is printed locally and part is to be printed in England, articles 21 and 22 shall, as far as practicable, apply to such parts as are printed locally and such as are to be printed in England respectively.
30. The reasons given by the Judge, or any of the Judges, for or against any judgment pronounced in the course of the proceedings out of which the Appeal arises, shall, unless they are included in the Record, be communicated in writing by such Judge or Judges to the Registrar, and shall by him be transmitted to the Registrar of the Privy Council at the same time when the Record is transmitted.
31. Where there are two or more applications for leave to appeal arising out of the same matter, and the Supreme Court is of opinion that it would be for the convenience of the Lords. of the Judicial Committee and all parties concerned that the Appeals should be consolidated, the Court may direct the Appeals to be consolidated, and grant leave to appeal by a single order.
32. An appellant, who has obtained an order granting him conditional leave to appeal, may at any time prior to the making of an order granting him final leave to appeal withdraw his appeal on such terms as to costs and otherwise as the Supreme Court may direct.
33. Where an appellant, having obtained an order granting him conditional leave to appeal, and having complied with the conditions imposed on him by such order, fails thereafter to apply with due diligence to the Supreme Court for an order granting him final leave to appeal, the Court may, on an application in that behalf made by the respondent, rescind the order granting conditional leave to appeal, notwithstanding the appellant's compliance with the conditions imposed by such order, and may give such directions as to the costs of the Appeal and the security entered into by the appellant as the Court shall think fit, or make such further or other order in the premises as, in the opinion of the Court, the justice of the case requires.
34. On the application for final leave to appeal, the Supreme Court may inquire whether notice, or sufficient notice, of the application has been given by the appellant to all parties concerned, and, if not satisfied as to the notices given, may defer the granting of the final leave to appeal, or may give such other directions in the matter as, in the opinion of the Court, the justice of the case requires.
35. An appellant who has obtained final leave to appeal shall prosecute his Appeal in accordance with the rules for the time being regulating the general practice and procedure in Appeals to His Majesty in Council.
36. Where an appellant, having obtained final leave to
appeal, desires, prior to the dispatch of the Record to England, to withdraw his Appeal, the Supreme Court may, upon an application in that behalf made by the appellant, grant him a certificate to the effect that the Appeal has been withdrawn, and the Appeal shall thereupon be deemed, as from the date of such certificate, to stand dismissed without express Order of His Majesty in Council, and the costs of the Appeal and the security entered into by the appellant shall be dealt with in such manner as the Court may direct.
37. Where an appellant, having obtained final leave to appeal, fails to show due diligence in taking all necessary steps for the purpose of procuring the dispatch of the Record to England, the respondent may, after giving the appellant due notice of his intended application, apply to the Supreme Court for a certificate that the Appeal has not been effectually prosecuted by the appellant, and if the Court sees fit to grant such a certificate, the Appeal shall be deemed, as from the date of such certificate, to stand dismissed for non-prosecution without express Order of His Majesty in Council, and the costs of the Appeal and the security entered into by the appellant shall be dealt with in such manner as the Court may direct.
38. Where at any time between the order granting final leave to appeal and the dispatch of the Record to England the Record becomes defective by reason of the death, or change of status, of a party to the Appeal, the Supreme Court may, notwithstanding the order granting final leave to appeal, on an application in that behalf made by any person interested, grant a certificate showing who, in the opinion of the Court, is the proper person to be substituted or entered on the Record in place of, or in addition to, the party who has died, or undergone a change of status, and the name of such person shall thereupon be deemed to be so substituted or entered on the Record as aforesaid without express Order of His Majesty in Council.
39. Where the Record subsequently to its dispatch to England becomes defective by reason of the death, or change of status, of a party to the Appeal, the Supreme Court shall, upon an application in that behalf made by any person interested, cause a certificate to be transmitted to the Registrar of the Privy Council showing who, in the opinion of the Court, is the proper person to be substituted, or entered, on the Record, in place of, or in addition to, the party who has died or undergone a change of status.
40. The Case of each party to the Appeal may be printed either locally or in England, and shall, in either event, be printed in accordance with the rules in the Schedule to this Order, every tenth line thereof being numbered in the margin, and shall be signed by at least one of the counsel who attends at the hearing of the Appeal, or by the party himself if he conducts his Appeal in person.
41. The Case shall consist of paragraphs numbered consecutively, and shall state, as concisely as possible, the circumstances out of which the Appeal arises, the contentions to be urged by the party lodging the same, and the reasons of appeal. References by page and line to the relevant portions of the Record as printed shall, as far as practicable, be printed in the margin, and care shall be taken to avoid, as far as possible, the reprinting in the Case of long extracts from the Record. The taxing officer, in taxing the costs of the Appeal, shall, either of his own motion, or at the instance of the opposite party, inquire into any unnecessary prolixity in the Case, and shall disallow the costs occasioned thereby.
42. Where the Judicial Committee directs a party to bear the costs of an Appeal incurred in China, such costs shall be taxed by the proper officer of the Supreme Court in accordance with the rules for the time being regulating taxation in the Supreme Court.
43. The Supreme Court shall execute any Order which His Majesty in Council may think fit to make on an Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court in like manner as any original judgment of the Supreme Court should or might have been executed.
Consular Registers of Companies.
44. A register of companies incorporated or registered in the United Kingdom or in any British possession and carrying on business in China shall be kept in the office of every consulate in China.
45. The consulate at which companies shall be registered shall be that in the district of which their chief local office is situated, or their business is chiefly carried on, and notice shall be given at the consulate of any other district in which the company is also carrying on business as to the place at which the company is so registered.
46. On the registration of a company at a consulate there shall be deposited and filed in the office of the consulate a copy of the certificate of incorporation of the company, or