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

  • Marr v Thompson [2017] NZDC 11924

    Property dispute — fence — Fencing Act 1978. The plaintiff and the defendant are neighbours. A concrete and block fence encroached onto the defendant's property...

  • Rajalingam v Patel [2017] NZDC 16274

    Application to extinguish an easement — whether there had been a sufficient change since creation of easement — easement — Property Law Act 2007, s...

  • Mizoguchi v Kashimoto [2017] NZDC 11949

    Appeal — illegal contract — Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal — The Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 — The Licensed Immigration Advisers Code of...

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