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 latest COVID-19 Traffic Light District Court Protocols can be found in the COVID-19 information section.  This includes information that vaccine passes are no longer needed to enter a court, but you are still required to wear a mask.

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, up to 182 permanent 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.

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