POWER TO DISPENSE AND INHERENT POWERS.
1. The Court may, for sufficient cause shown, excuse the parties from compliance with any of the requirements of these rules, and may give such direction in matters of practice and procedure as it may consider just and expedient.
2. An application to be excused from compliance with the requirements of any of the rules shall be addressed, in the first instance, to the Registrar, who shall take instructions of the Judge in Chambers thereon and communicate the same to the parties, but, if, in the opinion of the Registrar, it is desirable that the application should be dealt with in open Court, he may direct the applicant to serve the other party with a notice of motion returnable before the Court.
3. The Court may enlarge or abridge any time appointed by these rules or fixed by any order enlarging time, for doing any act or taking any proceeding, upon such terms (if any) as the justice of the case may require, and any enlargement may be ordered, although the application therefor is not made until after the expiration of the time appointed or allowed.
4. The Court may at any time, either of its own motion or on the application of any party, make such orders as may be necessary or reasonable in respect of any of the matters mentioned in rule 8 of Order XXIV of these rules, may issue summonses to persons whose attendance is required either to give evidence or to produce documents, or order any fact to be proved by affidavit.
5. Where there are two or more appeals arising out of the same matter, the Court may at any time either on its own motion or on the application of any party, order that the appeals be consolidated.
Unless otherwise ordered by this Court the liability of the parties to pay separate Court-fees shall not be affected by any order for consolidation.
6. Nothing in these rules shall be deemed to limit or otherwise affect the inherent powers of the Court to make such orders as may be necessary for the ends of justice or to prevent abuse of the process of the Court.
7.  At any time before or as soon after the commencement of arguments at the final hearing of a case as may be feasible, the Court will ascertain from the counsel of each party to be heard the time which the counsel's arguments on the matter are likely to take. The Court may then fix the time for the arguments of each party or each counsel. The counsel may be permitted to supplement the oral arguments by written submission, but will not be allowed to exceed the time so fixed unless the Court itself considers it necessary, or desires that he should do so on any matter requiring further elucidation by oral arguments.
1. Inserted by General Statutory Rules (G.S.R.) 387 dated 13.3.1978 (w.e.f. 18.3.1978)
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