Specialist Criminal Courts

District Court Judges are involved in a number of specialist criminal courts. These include: the Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Court/Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua; the Family Violence Court; the New Beginning Court/Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou; the Matariki Court; and the Court of Special Circumstances.

 

Image of Judge Hastings in SSC; PDS lawyer embraces defendant.

A defence lawyer and her client embrace at the conclusion of a hearing before Judge Bill Hastings (background) in Wellington's Court of Special Circumstances

Please note that these courts are not available in all parts of New Zealand, and not all defendants will be able to access these courts.

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court

    Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua The adult Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court was established in 2012 to pilot an innovative approach to offending which is fuelled by alcohol and other drug...

  • New Beginnings Court

    Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou The New Beginnings Court in Auckland deals with offenders who are homeless. The Court currently sits once a month. The aim of the New Beginnings Court...

  • Matariki Court

    Matariki: Huarahi ki te oranga tangata The Matariki Court is based in Kaikohe, Northland. Where a person pleads guilty to an offence, but before the court imposes a sentence on that...

  • Court of Special Circumstances

    In Wellington Judge Bill Hastings heads the Special Circumstances Court. Established in March 2012 by then-District Court Judge, Justice Susan Thomas, the Court of Special Circumstances operates on a model similar...