Nau mai, haere mai, ki te pae tukutuku o Te Kōti ā Rohe o Aotearoa. Welcome to the website of the District Court of New Zealand.

The District Court is the largest court in Australasia. Most New Zealanders who go to court will go through the entire justice process in the District Court. Each year, 175 Judges in 58 courthouses deal with approximately 200,000 criminal, family, youth and civil matters. Judicial decisions from a representative sample of these cases are published here, with emphasis on significant decisions of particular interest.** Selections are updated regularly in an independent process — overseen by an Editorial Board of judges. Alongside other background material, the publication of decisions on this website aims to enhance the open and transparent administration of justice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Recently Published

  • New Zealand Police v Nichol [2017] NZDC 25535

    Indecent assault — indecent exposure — sexual offending in prison — sentencing. The defendant was sentenced on four charges of indecent assault and one charge...

  • R v Grey [2017] NZDC 25719

    Making an intimate visual recording — supplying methamphetamine — cultivation of cannabis — possession of methamphetamine — possession of methamphetamine for supply — possession of...

  • MSD v Singh [2017] NZDC 27494

    The defendant was sentenced on 51 charges relating to benefit fraud that occurred whilst he was employed by the Ministry of Social Development.

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