Search Tips

How to find judgments and other information

Simply enter a word or phrase into the search box to search across all of the content on this website.

To narrow your search and find only relevant content - filters and aids for searching are provided.

Quick access to judgments

At the top of every page is a link to lists of judgments of High Public Interest and All Judgments.

Lists start with the most recently published judgments at the top.

Accessing other types of information (not judgments)

This website has judgments and a large variety of other information including information about the District Court, Annual Reports, information for the media and information about Civil, Criminal, Youth and Family matters.

How to use Search 

You will find search boxes on the Home page and by clicking on the Search Icon Picture of the search icon. in the right side corner of the menu bar. You can find a search icon at the top of every page.

Simply enter a word or phrase into the search box to search across all of the content, including summaries, judgments and all pages on this website.

To narrow your search and find what you are looking for only — filters and aids for searching are provided.

Searching for a judgment

  • To begin your search enter a keyword or phrase into the main search box.

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  • To search for a judgment, choose a filter type from the Filter Search dropdown list to search by a court or judgment type,

For example choose All Judgments to search all judgments on this database, Criminal to search only criminal judgments etc.

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  • If you know the year, month, or day that the judgment was published - filter by date.
    To filter by a month a year must be entered; a month and year must be choosen to filter by a day.
    So if you wish to search all judgments in 2016, simply choose 2016 from the year dropdown.
  • If you do not know the date, simply leave the date filters at any year, any month, any day.

Search by MNC number

Judgments from matters heard in the District Court are each given a Medium Neutral Citation (MNC) — this includes the year that the matter was heard, a court identifier, a unique number and the names of the parties to the case. The court identifiers for the District Court judgments include:

NZDC — New Zealand District Court, includes criminal and civil matters.

NZFC — New Zealand Family Court.

NZYC — New Zealand Youth Court.

For example criminal judgments appear in the following format on this database:  Davis v Bradley [2016] NZDC 1589. 

To search by MNC number do not incude the square brackets:

For example to search for [2016] NZDC 1589 enter 2016 NZDC 1589.

Keywords

Lists of keywords and phrases related to Civil, Criminal, Youth and Family matters and that have been commonly used within judgments published on this database are found on the Civil, Criminal, Youth and Family pages:

Searching for other types of information

To search for other information and content on this website, that is not a judgment:

  • To begin your search enter a keyword or phrase into the main search box.

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  •  from the Filter Search dropdown list choose Information only|not judgments:
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Clicking on Filter search will give options for searching. Choose Information only|not judgments.

The results will not contain judgments.