Nau mai, haere mai, ki te pae tukutuku o Te Kōti ā Rohe o Aotearoa. Welcome to the website of the District Court of New Zealand.

The District Court is the largest court in Australasia. Most New Zealanders who go to court will go through the entire justice process in the District Court. Each year, 175 Judges in 58 courthouses deal with approximately 200,000 criminal, family, youth and civil matters. Judicial decisions from a representative sample of these cases are published here, with emphasis on significant decisions of particular interest.** Selections are updated regularly in an independent process — overseen by an Editorial Board of judges. Alongside other background material, the publication of decisions on this website aims to enhance the open and transparent administration of justice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Recently Published

  • MPI v Nicol [2017] NZDC 20624

    The defendant failed to ensure that an injured cow received treatment for six months. The defendant was fined $2300 and ordered to pay fees in...

  • R v Haronga [2017] NZDC 20286

    The defendant and others entered the private dwelling of the victim and his family with the intent of assaulting him. The victim was struck to...

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