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. The latest Alert Level 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 in the Wellington region will take from Thursday 24 June 2021 please refer to the latest media statement of the Chief Justice. Last updated 23 June 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, 181 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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  • R v McGirr [2021] NZDC 4017

    Sentencing — attempting to pervert the course of justice — cultivating cannabis — hiding evidence — Sentencing Act 2002. The defendant appeared for sentence on...

  • R v Bassett [2021] NZDC 5067

    Sentencing — arson — prison protest — prison conditions — prisoners' rights — prisoner security classification — cumulative vs concurrent sentences — Sentencing Act 2002,...

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