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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic response period, the District Court is providing essential services. Judges are available in all the court’s divisions, including the Family Court, to deal with as many proceedings as can be safely undertaken. The court is doing some things differently to ensure it can deliver justice safely, including by using technology to hold some hearings remotely, especially under a Red and Orange Traffic Light. The latest Traffic Light District Court Protocols and how the changes affect various court participants can be found in the dedicated COVID-19 Information section. For information explaining the approach the courts are taking, please refer to the latest media statement of the Chief Justice issued on 21 December 2021.
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, 189 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.