Media Releases

15 October 2020

Statement from the Chief Judge of the District Court, Judge Heemi Taumaunu and Principal Youth Court Judge, Judge John Walker regarding the official launch of Te Kōti Rangatahi ki Heretaunga, Hawke’s Bay’s first Rangatahi Court at Te Aranga Marae in Hastings today.

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18 September 2020

Statement: Jury trials arrangements for the week beginning 21 September 2020. Explaining the approach the courts will take next week if the Alert Levels change.

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3 September 2020

Statement from the Chief Justice explaining that jury trials will resume in Auckland from Monday 7 September 2020 and provides information as to the arrangements put in place to keep jurors safe while Auckland remains at Alert Level 2 with extra restrictions.

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28 August 2020

Statement from the Chief Justice explaining that masks should be worn in court from Monday 31 August 2020; the use of masks in courthouses elsewhere in the country is encouraged. This statement explains the courts’ policy for masks starting from Monday 31 August. 

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27 August 2020

Statement from the Chief Justice confirming jury trials scheduled to start in the week of 31 August in the Auckland District Court and Manukau District Court will not proceed and re-confirming that all trials scheduled to be heard in the rest of the country will continue as scheduled.

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25 August 2020

Statement from the Principal Family Court Judge, Judge Jacquelyn Moran regarding the establishment of a streamlined adoption-application process for families expecting babies through overseas-based surrogates after the COVID-19 pandemic threw their future into doubt.

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11 August 2020

Statement from the Chief Justice regarding suspension of jury trials under COVID-19 Alert Levels 2 & 3.

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31 July 2020

Statement from the Principal Youth Court Judge, Judge John Walker regarding today's official launch of of the Young Adult List Court at Porirua.

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13 May 2020

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu: New Protocol for the District Court at Alert Level 2

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27 April 2020

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu: Extra measures to observe COVID-19 Alert Level 3

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24 April 2020

Extra measures to observe COVID-19 Alert Level 3

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu: The District Court under COVID-19 Alert Level 3

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1 April 2020

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu: UPDATE —District Court Sittings During the Alert 4 Period

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26 March 2020

Statement: Media Statement by the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Te Tumu Whakawā o Aotearoa, The Right Honorable Dame Helen Winkelmann.

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25 March 2020

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu: District Court Sittings During the Alert 4 Period

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24 March 2020

Statement from the Principal Family Court Judge, Judge Jacquelyn Moran regarding the care arrangements of children subject to Family Court Orders.

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6 March 2020

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu about streamlined court processes for mentally impaired in the Auckland District Court.

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6 March 2020

Statement from the Principal Youth Court Judge, Judge John Walker regarding the the first Young Adult List.  

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8 January 2020

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu regarding District Court Judge Rob Ronayne.

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23 October 2019

Statement from the Principal Youth Court Judge, John Walker raising concerns about silent victims of family violence.

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20 September 2019

Statement from the Acting Chief District Court Judge, John Walker on steps taken to address sentencing delays for defendants in custody.

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29 August 2019

Statement from the Acting Chief District Court Judge, John Walker on a new approach to those aged 18-25 who appear in court, currently being developed for the Porirua District Court.

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14 August 2019

Statement from the Acting Chief District Court Judge, John Walker on the Evaluation of the Sexual Violence Court Pilot.

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22 May 2019

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue about the Sexual Violence Court Pilot.

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13 November 2018

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge,  Jan-Marie Doogue in response to the impact of  pay dispute.

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16 August 2018

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge,  Jan-Marie Doogue and the Principal Youth Court Judge, John Walker, on the District Court response to high incidence of disabilities.

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12 June 2018

Statement from the Principal Youth Court Judge, John Walker, welcoming new report on tackling youth crime.

Media release: Principal Youth Court judge welcomes new report on tackling youth crime (pdf 358 KB)


6 March 2018

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge,  Jan-Marie Doogue on the Coroner's inquest into the death of Christie Marceau.

Media Release:    Statement on the Coroner's inquest into the death of Christie Marceau   (pdf 231 KB)    


18 December 2017

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge,  Jan-Marie Doogue and the Principal Youth Court Judge, John Walker, announcing that Northland will be the next region to have a Kōti Rangatahi, Rangatahi Court.

Media Release: Whangarei Rangatahi Court (pdf 288 KB)


15 December 2017

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge,  Jan-Marie Doogue, about the first 12 months of the Sexual Violence Court Pilot.

Media Release:  SVCP-First-12-months-milestone (pdf 157 KB)


 

24 November 2017

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, after the District Court of New Zealand website wins an international award.

Media Release:  International-award-for-DC-website (pdf 238 KB)


23 May 2017

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, about the first six months of the Sexual Violence Court Pilot.

Media Release:  Six-month-milestone (pdf 255 KB)


19 April 2017

Statement from the Principal Family Court Judge, Laurence J Ryan, regarding debate about the Family Court.

Media Release:  Statement-from-Principal-Family-Court-Judge-re-Family-Court-debate.pdf (pdf 144 KB)


6 March 2017

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, marking the progress made on jury trials in the District Court at Nelson.

Media release: The District Court makes progress on jury trials (pdf 174 KB)


 

1 March 2017

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, marking the commencement of the District Court Act 2016.


 

January 2017

Judge Heemi Taumaunu has been honoured internationally for his pioneering work developing ngā Kōti Rangatahi o Aotearoa, the Rangatahi Courts.

Image of Judge Heemi Taumaunu.

31 October 2016

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, announcing that Christchurch is the latest District Court to add Community Magistrates to its judicial ranks.


20 October 2016

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, announcing that District Court Judges are about to lead an initiative that aims to improve the way the courts respond to sexual violence cases:

 


2 August 2016

Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, announcing that judicial decisions from the District Courts are becoming available online:

  • Media Release: Judicial Decisions Online (pdf 209 KB).

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