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 Carroll

    The court sentenced the defendant on charges including burglary with a weapon and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm; having gone to the...

  • New Zealand Police v Hallenstein [2017 NZDC 27036

    Injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm — domestic violence — sentencing. The defendant was sentenced for domestic violence offending against his partner, who...

  • R v Allen [2018] NZDC 14972

    Strike warning — validity of oral only strike warning — Sentencing Act 2002, s 86B — Interpretation Act 1999 ,s 5 — Sentencing and Parole...

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