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 Turaki [2017] NZDC 4236

    Sentencing — injuring with intent to injure — aggravated drink driving — third or subsequent — driving whilst disqualified. The defendant approached a stranger...

  • Inland Revenue Department v Ali [2017] NZDC 4295

    Sentencing — failure to provide information — aiding and abetting — tax evasion — Tax Administration Act 1964. The defendant was sentenced on 11...

  • R v Lawrie [2017] NZDC 4440

    Sentencing — possession of methamphetamine for supply — possession of gamma-Butyrolactone for supply — GBL — drugs — breach of home detention — Search and...

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