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2017 Annual Report

District Court of New Zealand | Te Kōti ā Rohe

Foreword: Embracing the digital era

In this, its fifth edition, the District Court Annual Report embraces the digital age. The leap from print to a completely online format this year provides easier and wider access to the Annual Report.

The ability to reach more people is particularly important for a document designed to provide a window into the work of the District Court judiciary and to keep the public abreast of the many components essential to the fair, impartial and timely administration of justice.

The central duties and core performance measures of the District Court and its leadership will continue to be gathered together and reported annually. However, the strength of online publishing is the scope it offers to provide further information, updates and insights more flexibly, and in a way that is not time-bound.

"I lead an extraordinary group of dedicated and diverse judges in Australasia's biggest court. They do innovative work that is often missed in the crime headlines."

I lead an extraordinary group of dedicated and diverse judges in Australasia’s biggest court. They do innovative work that is often missed in the crime headlines.

Therefore, through the year and to augment the Annual Report, there will be a regular stream of information at a new page on this website, dedicated to explaining the roles, contributions and initiatives of individual judges.

It is my intention that in its digital form, the Annual Report and the associated information about the people and personalities who make up the District Court bench will encourage continuous improvement in transparency and public understanding of the District Court.

Image of the Chief Judge of the District Court in court.

 

 

 

 

Chief District Court Judge
Judge Jan-Marie Doogue