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 Eru [2018] NZDC 4291

    Wounding with intent to injure — application for a final protection order. The defendant was sentenced for assaulting the victim, after making a threatening comment...

  • R v Archer [2017] NZDC 23991

    Application to cross examine own witness — declare hostile witness. The crown sought to cross-examine the complainant on a formal statement she had made to...

  • Ministry of Education v ChoiceKids Childcare Ltd [

    Breach of Education Act — operating a childcare centre without a licence. The defendant company had pleaded guilty to two charges of operating an early...

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