The Supreme Court Rules 1970 have been amended by
adding Part 33 rule 8B as follows -
8B The parties to proceedings commenced in the Court shall, where it is a fact that -
(a) there is an agreement for compromise or settlement of the proceedings;
(b) the proceedings are discontinued; or
(c) an appearance or defence is withdrawn, forthwith notify the Registrar of the fact.
The observance of the rule is required so that only "live" cases are listed for call-overs, conferences and hearings.
It is the duty of counsel and solicitors to observe the requirements of the rule. They will usually be ordered to pay personally any costs thrown away by default in observance of the rule.