About the Court

On these pages you will find information about the role and work of District Court Judges.

  • The Judicial Branch of Government

    The New Zealand system of Government is based on the separation of powers between the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. This separation provides checks...

  • The District Court Judiciary

    On these pages you will find information about the District Court Judiciary.

  • Our Vision and Our Values

    This graphic is also available in pdf format: District-Court-Vision-and-Values.pdf

  • Judges Review Their Year in Work

    Each year Judges explore different aspects of law, their roles and the experiences they bring to the bench. 2019 How a sentence indication can offer certainty The complexities...

  • Judges Talk About the Law

    In 2018 judges of the District Court explore aspects and processes of the law they interpret and apply.  * Please note that information in this section...

  • Judges at Work

    In 2017 individual judges explained their roles and the diverse skills and experience they bring to the bench.

  • How District Court Judges Make Decisions

    The role of a judge is to make or facilitate decisions in accordance with New Zealand’s laws. In order to perform this role, a judge...

  • Judges and the Wider Community

    The role of judges is to serve the public. All judges do this by applying the law — which is made by the democratic legislature —...

  • Useful Links

    If you are seeking independent legal advice: Find a lawyer by searching the New Zealand Law Society's directory of lawyers. Community Law Centres provide free one-on-one legal help...