Court of Special Circumstances
In Wellington Judge Bill Hastings heads the Special Circumstances Court.
Established in March 2012 by then-District Court Judge, Justice Susan Thomas, the Court of Special Circumstances operates on a model similar to that of Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou/The Court of New Beginnings in Auckland.
The Court deals with homeless offenders, with court processes taking a non-adversarial, coordinated, inter-agency approach to addressing the causes of both the offending and homelessness. Judge Barbara Morris also presides over the Court.