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

  • R v Hine [2017] NZDC 23442

    Possession of objectionable publications — knowingly making or copying objectionable publications — failure to carry out obligations in relation to a computer system search

  • New Zealand Police v Irving [2017] NZDC 28981

    Harmful digital communication — revenge porn — intimate visual recording — sentencing. The defendant appeared for sentencing having pleaded guilty to causing harm by...

  • R v Toia [2017] NZDC 26341

    Committing arson to facilitate theft — arson — theft — shoplifting — sentencing. The defendants filled two shopping baskets with groceries and lit a...

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