Defended Family Court Statistics

Defended applications are disputed matters that are proceeding to a hearing and are included in the figures below.

At a national level, all application types are grouped together. Comparing the 2017/2018 fiscal year with 2016/2017, there has been a:

  • 14% increase in newly defended applications to 14,584
  • 3% increase in disposals to 12,087 applications
  • 14% increase in the number of active applications to 12,150

The number of active applications has been affected by workload pressures resulting from 2014 legislative change.

Individual Family Court by location — defended statistics

The following table shows the number of applications by location and:

  • Newly defended applications are those where a defence has been filed
  • Disposals — applications with a final judgment or outcome
  • Active Applications — number of applications active (or on hand) at the end of the reporting period.

  

Court Location

Newly Defended

Disposals

Total Active as at 30 June 2018

Court Location New Defended Disposals Active as at 30/06/2018
Alexandra 37 35 19
Ashburton 77 33 69
Auckland 1,152 936 1,104
Blenheim 193 166 130
Central Registry 63 33 10
Chatham Islands 6 4 2
Christchurch 1,095 853 966
Dannevirke 41 31 23
Dargaville 35 31 47
Dunedin 443 392 313
Gisborne 129 169 91
Gore 32 24 37
Greymouth 58 46 59
Hamilton 1,093 919 837
Hastings 307 243 296
Hawera 146 130 118
Huntly 80 52 69
Hutt Valley 365 361 306
Invercargill 235 215 159
Kaikohe 162 113 168
Kaikoura 0 0 0
Kaitaia 131 113 135
Levin 182 142 118
Manukau 1,224 994 1,139
Marton 27 30 24
Masterton 171 144 130
Morrinsville 136 107 122
Napier 326 222 258
Nelson 424 404 248
New Plymouth 287 261 273
North Shore 734 539 631
Oamaru 69 60 39
Opotiki 14 13 10
Palmerston North 413 374 387
Papakura 226 182 203
Porirua 282 190 230
Pukekohe 244 205 218
Queenstown 62 29 51
Rotorua 449 434 296
Ruatoria 0 0 0
Taihape 12 12 10
Taumarunui 76 46 58
Taupo 179 152 142
Tauranga 713 668 502
Te Awamutu 116 66 97
Te Kuiti 62 17 51
Thames 49 73 52
Timaru 174 165 113
Tokoroa 35 33 31
Waihi 63 64 51
Waipukurau 42 49 43
Wairoa 18 26 14
Waitakere 649 520 535
Wanganui 239 181 202
Wellington 313 243 249
Westport 13 10 14
Whakatane 184 164 105
Whangarei 497 369 546
       
Total National 14,584 12,087 12,150

Family Court defended statistics for the 2018 fiscal year (ending 30 June 2018) as a spreadsheet: