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Supreme Courts (Highest Instance)

The Supreme Court of New Zealand is from 1 july 2004 the highest judicial instance in New Zealand. The Court replaces the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council located in London. The Court is established by the Supreme Court Act of 2003. The Court resides in Wellington and is composed of 5 judges including the Chief Justice. All appeals are first required to apply to the Court for leave to appeal, as based on the conditions mentioned in the Supreme Court Act.

Supreme Court

Appellate Courts

The Court of Appeal, located in Wellington, is the principal appelate court. The Court is composed of six permanent judges including the President. The Court hears civil and criminal appeals from proceedings heard in the High Court, and indictable criminal proceedings in District Courts. Appeals from the Emp[loyment Court are heard by the Court of Appeal as well.

Court of Appeal

High Courts

The High Court has general jurisdiction and responsibility, under the Judicature Act 1908, for the administration of justice throughout New Zealand. The court supervises other courts and tribunals. It has jurisdiction over both criminal and civil matters, and deals with cases at first instance or on appeal from other courts and tribunals. The Court is composed of head of the New Zealand Judiciary, the Chief Justice and up to 55 other Judges (which includes the Judges of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal).

High Court
Auckland High Court
Christchurch High Court
Wellington High Court

First Instance Courts

The District Courts are the Courts of First instance. There are currently 66 District Courts throughout New Zealand. The District Courts Act 1947 provides for a maximum of 120 District Court Judges. According to the District Courts Act the District Courts can determine claims involving up to $200,000. In criminal cases the District Courts have jurisdiction on minor offences and on some serious offences, such as rape and aggravated robbery.

District Courts of New Zealand
District Courts of New Zealand
Alexandra District Court
Ashburton District Court
Auckland District Court
Balclutha District Court
Blenheim District Court
Chatham Islands District Court
Christchurch District Court
Dannevirke District Court
Dargaville District Court
Dunedin District Court
Feilding District Court
Gisborne High/District Court
Gore District Court
Greymouth High/District Court
Hamilton High/District Court
Hastings District Court
Hawera District Court
Huntly District Court
Invercargill High/District Court
Kaikohe District Court
Kaikoura District Court
Kaitaia District Court
Levin District Court
Lower Hutt District Court
Manukau Court
Marton District Court
Masterton High/District Court
Morrinsville District Court
Napier High/District Court
Nelson High/District Court
New Plymouth High/District Court
North Shore District Court
Oamaru District Court
Opotiki District Court
Palmerston North High/District Court
Papakura District Court
Porirua District Court
Pukekohe District Court
Queenstown District Court
Rangiora District Court
Rotorua High/District Court
Ruatoria District Court
Taihape District Court
Taumarunui District Court
Taupo District Court
Tauranga High/District Court
Te Awamutu District Court
Te Kuiti District Court
Thames District Court
Timaru High/District Court
Tokoroa District Court
Upper Hutt District Court
Waihi District Court
Waipukurau District Court
Wairoa District Court
Waitakere District Court
Wanganui High/District Court
Warkworth District Court
Wellington District Court
Westport District Court
Whakatane District Court
Whangarei High/District Court
Whataroa Court

Minor Courts Justices of the Peace

The Disputes Tribunals hear claims involving less than $7500 .

Disputes Tribunals

Other Courts

Employment Court of New Zealand
Environment Court
Family Court of New Zealand
Maori Land Court
Privy Council (until 2004 highest appelate court)
Tenancy Tribunal
Waitangi Tribunal
Waitangi Tribunal
Youth Court of New Zealand

Jurisprudence (Case Law)

Case Summaries
Court of Appeal Judgments
Court of Appeal Judgments ( Brookers)
Court of Appeal Judgments of public interest
Court of Appeal of New Zealand Decisions AUSTLII
Court of Appeal of New Zealand Decisions NZLII
Directory of Decisions by the University of Waikato
Environment Court of New Zealand Decisions 2010
Family Court of New Zealand Decisions
High Court Decisions of Public Interest
High Court Judgments
High Court of New Zealand Decisions 2005-
Human Rights Review Tribunal of New Zealand Decisions NZLII
Judicial Decisions Online
Judicial Decisions of Public Interest
Lexis Nexis
Linx: New Zealand database on case law
Maori Appellate Court of New Zealand Decisions 1996-
Maori Land Court Decisions
Maori Land Court of New Zealand Decisions 1996-
Privy Council Decisions
Supreme Court Decisions 2004
Supreme Court Decisions 2005
Supreme Court Decisions 2006
Supreme Court Decisions 2007
Supreme Court Decisions 2008
Supreme Court Decisions 2009
Supreme Court Decisions 2010
Supreme Court Judgments
Supreme Court Transcripts
Supreme Court case summaries 2008
Supreme Court case summaries 2009
Supreme Court case summaries 2010
Supreme Court of New Zealand Decisions NZLII

Judiciary (general)

Attorney General
Court Locator
Courts of New Zealand
Courts structure Diagram
Crown Law Office
Locations of Courts and Contact Details
Royal Federation of Justices' Associations (Inc)

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