Communication to the Legal Profession 14 November 2018
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CHIEF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FOR NEW ZEALAND
TE KAIWHAKAWĀ MATUA O TE KŌTI-Ā-ROHE
Judge Jan-Marie Doogue
14 November 2018
To Crown Law
New Zealand Law Society
Auckland District Law Society
Criminal Bar Association
Family Law Section
I write to inform you that the impact of escalating industrial action in the District Court has led me to make the following decisions to ensure the orderly and efficient conduct of the court’s business.
In the exercise of my statutory responsibilities (s 24(3) of the District Court Act 2016) I advise:
(1) With effect from 19 November 2018 the sessions of the District Court shall be altered to align the morning, lunch and afternoon adjournments with those being taken by Court staff.
(2) It is no longer orderly or efficient to roster or schedule judges beyond the existing rosters, and cases that cannot be allocated an event or a hearing will be recorded on a ready list for scheduling at a later date.
I appreciate the impact this may have on your members, but I trust I can rely on their cooperation and goodwill to help keep the wheels of justice turning for people who need access to justice and who rely on the District Court.
Chief District Court Judge
cc: Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand